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 are a bit cheap and scratchy-feeling on closer inspection, though, which is disappointing at this price point.
Equipment, options & accessories
As of April 2022, the Citroen C5 Hybrid is available in two trim levels, called Shine and C-Series Edition. Shine gets sat nav, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard, as well as 18-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control.
C-Series Edition adds a bronze exterior styling pack, 19-inch diamond-cut bi-tone alloy wheels, a black bi-tone roof and an opening panoramic glass sunroof. Inside, there's a wireless charging pad, 'Advanced Comfort Seats' with a part-leather finish and the 'Drive Assist Pack'. The latter incorporates active safety braking with video and radar assistance, as well as lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
In terms of on-board technology, the C5 Hybrid is bang up-to-date: there's a digital screen rather than physical dials and the big 12-inch display in the middle of the dash is standard on all models. The interface isn't the simplest we've used, and it's annoying trying to adjust the 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 yet another option for company-car users after 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 offers less total carrying and towing capacities than its petrol and diesel stablemates, 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