Essai – Citroën C5 Aircross restylé 1.5 BlueHDI 130 (2022) : le diesel a-t-il encore un intérêt ?

Essai - Citroën C5 Aircross restylé 1.5 BlueHDI 130 (2022) : le diesel a-t-il encore un intérêt ?

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C5 Aircross Phase 2

1.5 BlueHDI: 130 hp, 300 Nm, 0 to 100 in 10.6 s.

Consumption: 5.2 liters WLTP, 137 g CO2/km

Prices from €31,600 in BVM and €36,150 in BVA

If it does not have the success or the aura of the Peugeot 3008 on the French market, the Citroën C5 Aircross still knows its little success. It has been ranked 19th in sales in France since the beginning of the year and third in its category behind the 3008 and the Renault Arkana.

During its restyling, presented at the beginning of the year (first deliveries since June 2022), and during our first tests, we were able to discover that Citroën had turned to transformations, modifying many elements, both outside and inside. which is unusual. Only the rear end is slightly modified, with only a new design of the lights and a new light signature.

The C5 Aircross before the restyling.
After the restyling, the arch is transformed.
After the restyling, the arch is transformed.

But on the front, new chevrons, which extend through the grille (with small vertical bars) towards new “linked double-stage” optics, a new light signature, a completely revised new shield, make the appearance of the C5 Aircross is completely transformed. . Modernized and more assertive, less jovial too, but suddenly more “virile”, impossible to confuse with the old one.

At the front, the grille, headlights and badge have been completely revised for a more modern and manly effect.  The chubby side has completely disappeared.
At the front, the grille, headlights and badge have been completely revised for a more modern and manly effect. The chubby side has completely disappeared.
At the rear, less modification, we will still notice a new light signature for the LED lights.
At the rear, less modification, we will still notice a new light signature for the LED lights.

A refreshed interior too

But the restyling does not stop on the outside, it extends to the cabin, where we discover a completely renewed center console. The EAT8 gearbox lever is gone, in favor of a small lever, freeing up space for larger storage. The multimedia screen is remounted and inserted into a beveled bracket, as seen on the new C4 or C5 X, it can go up to 10 inches depending on the trim level. On the other hand, it still shows the old multimedia system, and not the new one, seen in the Peugeot 308 or the DS 4.

The dashboard is quite revised, with a higher positioned screen, larger on high trims.  the lower part of the console is also modified with a new EAT8 gearbox control and expanded storage.  The finish is correct but the plastics are present.  Ergonomics is well studied on the other hand.
The dashboard is quite revised, with a higher positioned screen, larger on high trims. the lower part of the console is also modified with a new EAT8 gearbox control and expanded storage. The finish is correct but the plastics are present. Ergonomics is well studied on the other hand.

In any case, this also changes the interior a lot, which also retains a correct level of finish, nothing more, with hard plastics too present in the lower part, such as in the upper part of the dashboard. But the design is nice, and the 12.3-inch 100% digital instrumentation, always present, is not out of place in this sober and modern environment. In any case, there is no concern about ergonomics or the driving position, as may be the case with the Peugeot 3008.

The rear seat is sliding.  But advanced, there is no longer room for the legs.  For the rest it is correct, especially in width and height.
The rear seat is sliding. But advanced, there is no longer room for the legs. For the rest it is correct, especially in width and height.
The volume of the boot, between 580 and 720 liters depending on the position of the bench seat and rising to 1,630 liters with the bench seat folded down, is generous for the category.
The volume of the boot, between 580 and 720 liters depending on the position of the bench seat and rising to 1,630 liters with the bench seat folded down, is generous for the category.

Rear-seat passengers have three independent, reclining, sliding seats. Legroom is average (when you move the seat forward, you have your knees in the front seats), but width and headroom are good. The volume of the trunk, between 580 and 720 liters depending on the position of the bench, is excellent, and a double bottom under the removable floor allows to put a large number of objects. The volume is here, the 100% thermal engine compels, not amputated by the batteries, which is good for large families who go on vacation loaded. And the modularity is excellent.

The practicalities are still there too, with plenty of bulky storage spaces (glove box, space under the armrest, large door bins, center console spaces, etc.).

It’s still a diesel engine, but does it matter?

But with the restyling, Citroën has not thrown away, as other manufacturers have been able to do, the diesel engine. It is still acclaimed by some of the customers in this SUV size range… We thus find ourselves with the well-known 1.5 BlueHDI with 130 hp and 300 Nm of torque, which is delivered for 5.2 liters at an average 100 km , and 137 g of CO2 per km, which is worth a small penalty of €240.

The 1.5 BlueHDI is still there.  His performances are sufficient, his appetite very restrained.  And fortunately, because otherwise it would have little interest compared to the 1.2 Puretech gasoline of the same power.
The 1.5 BlueHDI is still there. His performances are sufficient, his appetite very restrained. And fortunately, because otherwise it would have little interest compared to the 1.2 Puretech gasoline of the same power.

But what is its interest today, compared to a 1.2 Puretech gasoline model of the same power, and the homologation that we have been able to describe here in the Caradisiac as quite convincing. Because you should know that this diesel is charged €1,800 more for an equivalent finish! Although the Puretech has a higher penalty, which reduces the price difference to around €1,400, it will be very difficult to make the extra cost profitable. Especially since at the moment, diesel is showing itself to be more expensive than gasoline (however, that may change)!

Fortunately, otherwise this diesel proposal would be heretical, the BlueHDI has arguments in its favor. Of course, it consumes less than the 1.2 Puretech. On paper, it is 1.3 liters less on average per 100 km (5.2 l vs. 6.5 l). In real life we ​​saw an average of 6.2 liters for the diesel, which is a good value given the size of the C5 Aircross, and 7.5 liters for the Puretech.

With such consumption, the Citroën also does better than most of its competitors, for performances that are not ridiculous. Almost 190 km/h top speed and 10.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, it’s not lightning, as they say, but it’s enough in all situations. And the generous couple allows convincing times. For this, the EAT8 box of our test model is perfect. Smooth and responsive, it allows you to always be in the right gear to make effective raises. You can choose the driving mode via a selector on the center console. But there is no point in getting into sports, it does not change much, and the eco mode slows down the beast too much.

A typical (very) comfortable SUV

In terms of handling, the C5 Aircross remains safe and efficient in all circumstances. Very balanced even, but often understeer when pushed to the limit. It doesn’t roll too much, its steering is even precise, but too assisted for our liking. On the other hand, the suspensions with progressive hydraulic brakes, a prerogative of the chevron brand and its “advanced comfort” program, if they absorb roughness very effectively, making this model the most comfortable (by far) on the market, lead to throwing motions, and an overall dynamism behind the best.

The C5 AIrcross is spelled comfort.  A true flying carpet.  But as a result, he is not very dynamic, it is not his calling.  Well soundproofed, it allows you to travel far away very serenely.
The C5 AIrcross is spelled comfort. A true flying carpet. But as a result, he is not very dynamic, it is not his calling. Well soundproofed, it allows you to travel far away very serenely.

Braking is effective and sharp. On the other hand, it should be noted that at the end of the downturn, it is difficult to measure. A combined effect of pressure applied to the pedal, the EAT8 gearbox downshifting or neutralizing, and the stop and go that can be engaged. But sometimes the end of braking is “manly” without us wanting it. Not systematic, but unpleasant.

This Citroën is in any case a tight comfort, it shows, and it does not like to be abrupt. Its vocation is to carry family and luggage effortlessly over long distances, and you will see on the road that it is well filtered and well soundproofed, with the noise of the diesel always being far away, even when accelerating.

very good team

The price ratio of the equipment is favorable.
The price ratio of the equipment is favorable.

The level of equipment is finally quite correct. Our test version, in the C-Series finish, which is a special series integrated into the range, offers everything you need to be up to date, including blind spot control, panel recognition, road braking, automatic emergency with recognition pedestrian, vehicle also nearby alert, navigation on a 10-inch screen, keyless entry and start, LED headlights and lights, reversing camera (with an unworthy definition, however), dual-zone air conditioning, specific upholstery, inserts of specific colors also in the bodywork, etc.

The only drawback, without induction charging, at least in this C Series finish, and we also did not find the possibility of having it in the options.

For a price of €38,300 excluding boxed EAT8 options, which is still high in absolute terms, however, they don’t rob us compared to what the competition offers at an equivalent price.

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