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TEST Citroën C5

Forget the Citroën C5

Large models of Citroën are difficult to find north of Lille and Roubaix and east of Strasbourg. The Citroen C6 was a striking example of this with 23,384 cars sold in seven years. Compared to this, the Citroën C5

Since 2021, 70,000 have been registered within Europe and approximately 1 percent ended up in the Netherlands: more than 700 units. With the recent price reductions and the introduction of the Plug-in Hybrid 180, the C5

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1.2 PureTech and C5

If you put this stately car at the table at First Dates with a rumbling 1.2 three-cylinder, you immediately know that it will not be a happy match. However, Citroën continues to offer its top model as the 1.2 PureTech. The 180 hp plug-in hybrid powertrain of our test car suits this cross between a limousine and an SUV much better. He was already known from various Opels and Peugeots, and of course from the Citroen C5 Aircross. The combination of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission provides the ease of driving and comfort you expect from a car like this.


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And in addition to being more powerful, quieter and (potentially) more economical, the Plug-in Hybrid 180 is also 80 euros cheaper in the Netherlands than the three-cylinder! In addition, the plug-in hybrid is allowed to tow a heavier trailer (1350 vs. 1050 kg). The only catch is the 60 liter smaller trunk. We can't imagine anyone still opting for the 1.2 PureTech. In Belgium it is a different story, because there C5 X with the entry-level engine is much cheaper (from 37,700 euros).

And what about the Plug-in Hybrid 225? For an extra 4,000 euros, that version offers 45 hp more than the PHEV 180. But you only feel that extra power at speeds that the average C5 X driver never comes close to.

C5 X Plug-in Hybbrid is smooth, economical and comfortable

Compared to the C5 Aircross Hybrid 136, the C5 That is not the only aspect that makes the C5 The interior decoration is also more luxurious and attractive. An original detail is the snakeskin-like stripe over the dashboard and doors, while the operation with physical buttons for the climate control is more pleasant. Remarkably, the C5

The drivetrain delivers its performance smoothly and quietly. From 0 to 100 km/h takes 8.3 seconds. That's plenty of speed and if you really want to, you can squeeze a top speed of 225 km/h out of your Citroën. The 1.6 can also be heard only modestly at high speeds and sounds much more mature than its three-cylinder brother. Purely electric, a maximum speed of 135 km/h is possible. However, you will never achieve the specified electric range of 62 kilometers. The average WLTP consumption is 1.4 l/100 km (1 in 58.8). This can certainly be achieved under favorable conditions, with short journeys and consistent recharging.

In practice you can easily achieve almost 1 in 30

Our test drive mainly took place on provincial roads. We made frequent use of the transmission's regeneration mode, but the braking effect was not noticeable. Where possible we induced a fierce intermediate sprint from the car and ultimately achieved a consumption of 3.5 l/100 km (1 in 28.6). That is quite in line with what we have come to expect from other plug-in hybrids. If you run out of battery, you can recharge it at a wallbox in one hour and 40 minutes.

Especially with this powertrain, the C5 X largely fulfills Citroën's comfort promises. The chassis swallows cobblestones like sweet madeleines. On a surface of varying quality, with some wavy road surfaces here and some pockmarked asphalt there, the suspension, on the other hand, resembles the struggling Ajax. All team members do their best, but the result is messy and ineffective. Small consolation: in the Netherlands you will hardly notice this. South of Hazeldonk it's a different story.


It is also noticeable that the C5 On winding country roads you are happy that the stiff seat upholstery keeps you somewhat in place, but the steering is hardly encouraging. It is vaguer and less inspiring than the speech of a tipsy French village mayor during the opening ceremony of yet another B&B of an I'm Leaving couple. In other words: the C5

The only question is what the road tax will do in 2025. Until 2024 you will still get a 50 percent discount on the petrol rate, but as the VAG currently stands, the weight discount for plug-in hybrids will eventually be abolished. Citroën could choose to market the top model with the 136 hp mild hybrid drivetrain from the C5 Aircross.

This post was last modified on November 26, 2023 6:23 am


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