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CITROEN C5 X ESTATE

1.6 PureTech 180 Shine Plus 5dr EAT8

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Citroen returns to its quirky roots in the luxury segment with the unusual C5 X. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

It's been a long time since we've had a credible large Citroen. Come to think of it, it's been a long time since we've been offered any kind of large Citroen at all, the last one being the quirky XM, the successor to the CX models of the '70s and '80s. Yet here we are telling you about the C5 X, offered in a single body style delivering that unusual combination of SUV, estate and luxury saloon. Yes, the same kind of combination characterised by the notably unsuccessful BMW 3, 5 and 6 series Gran Turismo models. On a car sharing a badge with a Mondeo sector model deleted a few years back for slow sales. From a brand with no history of success against the German premium makers who dominate the luxury car segment. You've got to cheer for the underdog haven't you? And we rather like this one, a car with an 'X' suffix referencing its market position positioning 'at the crossroads of customers' needs', according to Citroen.

Driving Experience

Designer Pierre Leclerq says that the C5 X 'is a car you want to drive but also one you want to be driven in as well'. This C5 X wants to replicate the 'magic carpet' driving feel of classic large Citroens of the past like the DS and the CX. And to that end mates the Hydraulic Cushion suspension setup of the C5 Aircross SUV with the Active suspension system we first saw on the DS 7 Crossback, which uses a camera to anticipate bumps, preconditioning the springs to soften them. There are three variable ride settings, from sporty to extreme comfort. Engine-wise, it's familiar Peugeot/Citroen fare, all the powerplants matched to the brand's smooth EAT8 automatic transmission. There's an entry-level 130hp 1.2-litre PureTech three cylinder petrol turbo unit and a 1.6 litre PureTech 180 petrol unit. Alternatively, you can opt for the flagship Plug-in Hybrid 225 e-EAT8 derivative which combines a 180hp 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor powered by a 13.2kWh battery. Double glazed windows promise superb refinement whichever of the engines you choose. This hybrid C5 X can offer full electric motoring at speeds of up to 84mph. The Hybrid variant comes with three driving modes - Electric, Hybrid and Sport. Electric mode gives up to 34 miles of zero emissions range, while Hybrid offers the best of both worlds. Sport maximises performance from both the electric motor and the petrol engine. Drivers can also adjust the regenerative braking mode, while an e-Save function allows drivers to reserve electric range for later in the journey - when arriving in city centres or urban areas, for example.

Design and Build

Well it looks a bit different doesn't it? Depending on your perspective and what angle you view it from, this is either a Crossover, a big estate or a luxury large hatch. The looks and the interior are inspired by the CXexperience concept car of 2016, but all the engineering underneath is based on the usual Stellantis Group EMP2 chassis underpinnings. So, a Peugeot 508 in a more unusual set of clothes? Well you won't think so once you take a seat inside because it feels very different, thanks to Citroen's 'Advanced Comfort' design ethos which includes thick lounge-type front chairs you can really sink into. The cabin tech though, is largely a re-packaged version of what we've seen before in other large Peugeots and DS models. So a digital instrument cluster, a colour head-up display and a 12-inch centre touchscreen with voice control and over-the-air updates. Perhaps the biggest difference here is the space you get further back, thanks to the lengthy 2,785mm wheelbase. There's an enormous amount of rear seat space, with the airy feel enhanced by big panoramic roof and large windows. And you get a capacious 545-litre boot, extendable to 1,640-litres with the seats folded. Boot space falls to 485-litres and 1,580-litres for the PHEV variant.

Market and Model

Pricing starts from just over £26,000 (or from around £35,000 for the PHEV hybrid) and there's the one single body shape on offer. There are three trim levels, 'Sense Plus', 'Shine' and 'Shine Plus'. Across the range, you get a lot of equipment included - Citroen's most advanced infotainment interface yet for instance, which has a particular focus on connectivity. Featuring a 12-inch high-definition touch screen, four USB sockets and wireless smartphone charging, it can also be updated in real time via the Cloud and can Mirror Screen smartphone displays without the need to plug them in. The design of its interface has been heavily influenced by the latest tablet technology, which means the settings, display preferences and widgets on the home screen can all be quickly and easily customised. This system also has a natural, efficient and easy-to-use voice recognition system, a digital personal assistant that understands what is said to it, answers questions and carries out commands. The C5 X is also at the cutting edge of technology in the field of driving assistance systems, thanks to its use of various advanced devices installed all around the vehicle, including radar and numerous cameras and sensors. With its 'Highway Driver Assist' system, this Citroen offers advanced semi-autonomous level 2 driving. By combining 'Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go' and 'Lane Keeping Assist', the driver no longer needs to manage speed or trajectory as the vehicle takes care of all these functions. Other features that make driving easier and stress-free include long range 'Blind Spot Detection' and 'Rear Cross Traffic Alert', which detects a danger when reversing.

Cost of Ownership

Citroen usually specialises in extremely efficient running cost returns and this C5 X is no different in that regard. Expect the 1.6 PureTech 180 petrol unit with its EAT8 auto transmission to be able to return around 45mpg on the combined cycle and 147g/km of CO2. It's 136g/km for the 1.2-litre 130hp PureTech unit. For really frugal running cost returns though, you'll need the clever hybrid plug-in variant, which returns up to 235mpg on the combined cycle. This uses a 13.2kWh battery which can be fully charged in under two hours using a standard 7kW Wallbox. Once that's done, an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of around 34 miles is possible. Even better news is the CO2 reading applied to this model, around 30g/km, which means that it should attract a Benefit-in-Kind rate for company car drivers of no more than 11%. New C5 X Hybrid versions all come as standard with a 7.4kW single-phase on-board charger, a Mode 3 charging cable with a Type 2 connector, as well as remote temperature pre-conditioning. Whatever your choice of C5 X, you'll properly want to keep garage costs in check by opting for the affordable 3 year servicing plan that is available at point of purchase. Finally, there's the usual Citroen three year / 60,000 mile warranty.

Summary

There's certainly a spark of originality here, with elegance, comfort, efficiency and style translated into a car designed to suit a family executive looking for something just a little different. But all the true great large Citroens of the past were always marked out by the ground breaking innovations they introduced. Everything here though, we've seen before; the style concept from BMW, the engineering from Peugeot, the suspension system from DS. Combining all of that though, does create an undeniably pleasing Gallic confection and even if the exterior design concept is derivative, it's been delivered with the flair of a puff of Gallouise. A C5 X will be a rare sight on British roads, but we can't help liking it. Let almost everyone else in the sector sign on the dotted line for something dull and probably German and go and try one. Be different. Just as Citroen is now once more trying to be.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions148.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed143mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12" Central touch screen with separate heating and ventilation controls (with ADAS and Home buttons)
  • 360 degree camera
  • 7'' Digital instrument cluster with smoked glass, 10 + 2 indicator lights and ambiance backlighting
  • Coffee Break Alert
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Driver information panel with lighting fault indicator
  • Electric power assisted steering
  • Extended blind spot detection
  • Extended Traffic sign recognition
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Highway Integrated Assist (Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Lane Positioning Assist)
  • In-crash braking
  • Lane change assistant
  • Lane keep assist
  • MyCitroën Drive Plus (incorporating electronic user guide)
  • Outside temperature display
  • Radar Controlled Active Safety Brake (with enhanced pedestrian and cyclist pickup and able to function at night)
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Remote functions: horn and lighting, lock/unlock doors, vehicle status
  • Speed limit recognition and recommendation
  • Wireless smartphone charging

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Citroen Advanced Comfort suspension with double (front & rear) progressive hydraulic cushions

Entertainment

  • 2 front USB plugs : 1 USB type C charge + data (front of centre console), 1 USB type C charge only (under centre front armrest), able to charge IPAD
  • 2 rear USB plugs (1 C type charge + data and 1 C type charge only, able to charge IPAD)

Exterior Features

  • A pillar in black
  • Acoustic insulated and tinted front and extra tinted rear windows
  • Acoustic insulated and tinted windscreen with Head Up Display (eHUD)
  • Automatic illumination of headlamps when unlocking
  • Automatic rain-sensitive flat blade wipers with integrated wash function
  • Automatically illuminating LED headlamps with automatic High Beam Assist (with driver adjustment controls in passenger compartment)
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Chrome Citroën chevrons integrated into front grille and extending outward into front light signature
  • Electronic, heated, black folding door mirrors with integrated LED indicator, LED approach lighting
  • Extra tinted rear quarter panel windows with animation in glass
  • Extra tinted, heated rear window
  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front LED fog lights with cornering function
  • Gloss black Citroën chevrons with chrome surround, chrome Citroën lettering and C5 X badging on rear tailgate
  • Gloss black door mirror caps
  • High level LED brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front indicators
  • LED rear lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Motorised rear tailgate with hands free access (activated by key or via button on dashboard)
  • Remote 4-window opening/closing with plip
  • Satin chrome trim on rear bumper
  • Welcome and follow me home headlights

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in boot
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Advanced comfort seats
  • Aluminium door sills
  • Aluminium effect pedals
  • Automatic dual zone air-conditioning with Soft/Normal/Fast variable settings, A/C max function and single- zone function (through touch screen)
  • Black leather-effect central armrest with overstitching
  • Black leather-effect front and rear door panel inserts
  • Black tie down rings for secure load storage
  • Cabin air filter
  • Carpeted boot with low-friction loading floor rails
  • Courtesy lighting: front roof light, rear roof light, central console lighting, LED illuminated glovebox and LED boot light
  • Dashboard mounted black, backlit, chrome-ringed start/stop button
  • Driver and front passenger sun visors with mirrors and LED lighting
  • Driver's footrest
  • e-Toggle automatic gear selector switch on centre-console
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Front and rear passenger storage areas in central console
  • Front headrests
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior LED welcome lighting - door handles, front foot wells, driver instrument panel
  • ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
  • Magic Handles - allows rear seats to be folded flat from the boot compartment
  • Mistral carpet with reinforced driver's foot well
  • Multifunction heated, grained leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, driving assistance and infotainment control functions
  • Rear air vents with independent opening/closing and left and right airflow settings for rear seat passengers
  • Rear armrest storage and cup holders
  • Roll up awning fitted to tailgate
  • Satin chrome dashboard strip and satin chrome decor on bottom of door panels
  • Satin chrome highlighted air vents and steering wheel
  • Smartphone storage in front of (front) centre armrest
  • Stainless steel boot sill
  • Storage area for emergency safety triangle/first-aid kit
  • Storage under central armrest

Passive Safety

  • 2 tone horn
  • ABS
  • Active bonnet
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Five 3 point inertia reel seat belts
  • Front inertia reel seatbelt with pre-tensioners and force limiters
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Hill start assist function
  • Intelligent Traction Control system
  • Lateral airbags
  • Power child locks on rear doors
  • Tyre underinflation detection
  • Unfastened seatbelt visual warning system on all seats + audible warning for driver/front passenger (front passenger presence detection)

Security

  • Deadlocking system
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Proximity keyless entry (doors, boot and fuel filler flap) and start

Trim

  • Dashboard and door panels décor - wood film and grain

Wheels

  • 19'' Aero-X Diamond Cut Alloys with Onyx black paint & Onyx black aero inserts

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    147

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1598
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    38.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    43.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    37.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    44.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    50.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    34.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    38.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    43.7

General

  • AdBlue
    No
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    180
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    PureTech 180
  • Coin Series
    Shine Plus
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26P
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    180
  • Engine Power - KW
    133
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1650
  • Top Speed
    143

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/55 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Aero-X
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1485
  • Length
    4805
  • Wheelbase
    2785
  • Width
    1865
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2062

Weight and Capacities

  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1930
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1640
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    545
  • Max. Loading Weight
    463
  • Max. Roof Load
    80
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1467
  • No. of Seats
    5
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

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