Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV Review

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  • Battery size: 13.2 kWh
  • Company car tax: 12%
  • Emissions: 32 g/km
  • Range: 34 miles (WLTP Standard)
  • Fuel economy: 166 MPG
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Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 21/06/2022・Updated: 14/09/2022

Ginny Says

“With crazy looks, a family-friendly interior and the promise of proper driving comfort, the C5 Aircross is a refreshing change for anyone bored of the 'must be sporty' SUVs offered by the (mainly German) rivals. The reality isn't quite as revolutionary as the promise though.”

Nicki Says

“With a 12% BIK tax rate, the C5 Aircross makes some sense as a company car if you can't go the whole way and have a full EV. I love the interior too - it has all the family-friendly features of an MPV without looking like something Postman Pat would drive.”

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Citroen C5 Aircross, action shot, rear three quarters, French registered, blue car

The C5 Aircross has a quoted 34 mile electric-only range, which isn't that great compared to rivals and means the company car tax will be on the higher side. But the figure is actually achievable, which is great for private buyers.

Citroen C5 Aircross Range

Thirty four miles might not sound like a lot, but it’s more than enough for local trips and the majority of daily commutes in the UK. The C5 Aircross PHEV’s range is on the lower side compared to models such as the Toyota RAV4 PHEV, which means it will be more expensive for company car drivers. If you are a private motorist this will not matter though, and the Aircross actually manages a good portion of the claimed e-only running, and does so with some grace - here at Electrifying.com, we got nearly 30-miles of the potential range for each charge. That’s good. Plug it in regularly, as we did, and you’re looking at well over 100mpg over mixed roads and journeys.

Citroen C5 Aircross Battery

The C5 Aircross PHEV’s battery is listed at 13.2 kWh, but the usable portion (leaving some capacity to protect the battery’s longevity) is more likely to be around 12 kWh. That's a small battery compared to pure plug-in electric vehicles and some rival PHEVs, but more than enough for the Citroen’s anticipated use, because you’ve got the backup of the petrol turbocharged engine should you need to go further, or need more performance than the battery and electric motor can deliver on their own.

Citroen C5 Aircross Charging

As a plug-in hybrid there’s less need for rapid charging, so Citroen haven't made it part of the C5's package. Plug it in when parked up at home and you’ll get a full charge from a 3-pin plug in around six hours. If you’ve a 3.7kW outlet at home or work that’ll drop to around four hours. Ideally, you’ll want a 7kW wall box at either your office or home: plugging it in there will see it charge from 0-100% in around two hours.

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