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Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The C5 Aircross Hybrid returns similarly impressive numbers to other large plug-in hybrid family cars

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£35,735 - £38,375
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
188-202mpg31-33g/km38 miles2hrs (0-100%, 6.6kW)

Like almost all plug-in hybrids, the C5 Aircross Hybrid records impressive on-paper numbers when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. In reality, you probably won't match these on every journey, but the more miles you can cover on electric power, the better your overall averages will be. That's why it's important to keep the battery topped up as much as possible – usually done by charging up each night at home.

Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions

The official fuel-economy numbers for the C5 Hybrid are between 188 and 202mpg, but this is really a best-case scenario under test conditions, based on starting every journey with a full battery. If you do this, you should be able to keep going for 30 miles or more at up to motorway speeds before you have to call on the petrol engine to turn the wheels.

Charge time

Maximising your economy with this car means charging as often as you can. You can do this just using a regular three-pin plug, and that might be sufficient for many people, as it'll top up the battery fully in about six hours overnight. There's an extra charge for the cable needed to do this, however.

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You can also get a home wallbox installed, enabling the car to charge at its maximum rate of 6.6kW, which will get you a full battery in less than two hours. Unlike some manufacturers, Citroen doesn't charge extra for the on-board technology and cables needed to do this.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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