After quite a bit of waiting, one of the most hotly anticipated cars of 2021 has finally gone on sale – the Citroen C5 Aircross. Arriving on our shores as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kit, the C5 Aircross is the first offering from the French marque Citroen. Since it isn’t fully imported, the automaker has been able to price the compact SUV a little low. Having said that, the European is still far more expensive than either the American (Jeep Compass) or the Korean (Hyundai Tucson). The Citroen C5 Aircross starts at Rs 29.90 Lakh for the entry-level Feel variant, with the range-topping Shine coming in at Rs 31.90 Lakh. Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Sold in India exclusively via one of Citroen’s ten La Maison dealerships, customers can also buy the C5 Aircross through the brand’s official website. Furthermore, those who booked the car before April 6 will also get a 5-year maintenance package for free. If you are interested, you can book the C5 Aircross by paying a token amount of Rs 50,000. The Citroen C5 Aircross is available in seven exterior colors, which includes four mono-tone and three dual-tone options. The mono-tone choices are Cumulus Grey, Pearl White, Perla Nera Black, and Tijuca Blue. Meanwhile, the fancier dual-tone shades are Cumulus Grey with Black roof, Pearl White with Black roof, and Tijuca Blue with Black roof.
When it comes to design, the exterior of the C5 Aircross looks quirky and unorthodox. This much is for certain, there is no other crossover/SUV on our roads that looks as different as this Citroen. Absolutely, the front fascia of the C5 Aircross is also the most recognizable and distinct among its peers. The front end of this SUV is full of intakes and vents of various sizes and shapes.
Meanwhile, the split LED lighting and grille arrangement is accompanied by the chrome Citroen chevrons and trapezoidal grey trim on the bumper. Adding more style to the C5 Aircross are its 18-inch diamond-cut two-tone alloy wheels, black body cladding (“Airbump” in Citroen speak), and sleek roof rails. The rear of the C5 Aircross gets a small roof spoiler, wraparound taillights with 3D LED modules, and a chunky bumper with fake exhaust tips. Citroen has also integrated two fake vents at the back that are there merely for styling purposes.
The cabin of the Citroen C5 Aircross uses multiple colors, patterns, and textures to create a space that feels just as quirky as the exterior. While the interior design of most SUVs in this segment can feel jaded, that would never be an issue here. Going along with the aesthetic ambiance in the cabin are Advanced Comfort Seats, with the rear ones utilizing an individual design to enhance comfort and versatility. Citroen has also loaded the C5 Aircross with plenty of modern features and toys. Its equipment list consists of an electric tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, LED mood lighting, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, and an 8-inch touch-infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
At the same time, Citroen hasn’t forgotten about safety. The C5 Aircross comes with Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Blind Spot Information System, front & rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, ISOFIX anchorages, and six airbags. For better occupant comfort, the C5 Aircross is fitted with Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension.
Long story short, the suspension system in the C5 Aircross will help it ride over bad patches of the road better and more comfortably when compared to cars with regular steel springs. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that makes 178hp and 400Nm of torque. The only transmission on offer in the Citroen C5 Aircross is an 8-speed automatic that drives the front wheels.