Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
The C5 Aircross Hybrid has comfortable seats and a stylish interior, with plenty of kit for your money
Citroen has tended to mirror its cars' distinctive exteriors with equally eye-catching interior designs in recent years, and the C5 Aircross is no exception. Chunky seat upholstery, futuristic-looking design themes and a good level of equipment and in-car technology all make the C5 Hybrid a nice place to spend time in.
Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid dashboard
Inside, the C5 Hybrid looks good whichever trim you go for. There's a rounded rectangular design theme that repeats in various places and the high centre console makes you feel nicely 'cocooned' in the driver's seat. Some of the interior materials in the pre-facelift version of the C5 Aircross were bit cheap and scratchy-feeling, which was disappointing, especially at the hybrid's price point. Fortunately, Citroen acted on this criticism and the facelifted car launched in mid-2022 does see improvements in this area.
Equipment, options & accessories
The revised Citroen C5 Hybrid introduced in mid-2022 is available in two trim levels: Shine and C-Series Edition. Shine gets 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch driver’s display, as well as Alcantara upholstery, a reversing camera and all-round parking sensors, plus keyless entry and start.
The C-Series Edition gains an opening panoramic glass sunroof, wireless smartphone charging and a powered tailgate with hands-free access. All C5 Aircross models get a total of 19 driver-assistance systems, which include highway driving assistance, adaptive cruise control and active lane-departure warning.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
In terms of on-board tech, the C5 Hybrid is bang up-to-date: there's a digital screen rather than physical dials and the big 10-inch display in the middle of the dashboard is standard on all models. The interface isn't the simplest we've used, and it's annoying trying to adjust air-conditioning on a touchscreen, but there is at least Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can easily use your preferred phone apps for music and navigation. The hybrid-specific driving modes are accessible by this button, but again, it’s a bit of a stretch to reach it.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe C5 Aircross Hybrid is one of many options for company-car users who want a plug-in SUV. It's cheap to run, but beaten by rivals in some respects
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe C5 Aircross Hybrid returns similarly impressive numbers to other large plug-in hybrid family cars
- 3Running costs & insuranceAs with most plug-in hybrids, the C5 Aircross ensures company-car users enjoy ultra-low tax rates
- 4Performance, engine & drivePerformance from the 222bhp petrol-electric engine is strong, but in other respects the C5 Aircross isn't that great to drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe C5 Aircross Hybrid has comfortable seats and a stylish interior, with plenty of kit for your money
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe C5 Hybrid has lower carrying and towing capacities than its petrol-engined counterpart, but remains a pretty versatile choice
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe C5 Aircross is a pretty new model for the time being, but the signs are good for both safety and reliability
- 8Living with itWe see how the Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid's promises of practicality, efficiency and ease of use stand up in the real world