Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid reliability & safety rating
The C5 Aircross is a pretty new model for the time being, but the signs are good for both safety and reliability
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||89%||86%||82%|
There's no reason to believe the C5 Aircross Hybrid should be anything other than a safe and reliable car; its crash-test scores are good and the reliability reputations of Citroen and its Stellantis Group sister brand Peugeot have improved in recent years. Some rivals have longer warranties than the Citroen's three-year/60,000-mile guarantee, however; this may be a consideration if you intend to keep the car for longer.
Citroen C5 Hybrid reliability & problems
Information on the long-term reliability of the Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid and its Peugeot, Vauxhall and DS sister models is limited for the time being, as none of them has been on sale for very long. However, we can take some indications from the results of the 2021 Driver Power survey of UK car owners, which saw Peugeot rated as the 11th most satisfying car brand in the UK, but Citroen did come in 28th.
Although the entry-level non-hybrid Feel version of the Citroen C5 Aircross only scored four out five stars for safety when assessed by independent testing organisation Euro NCAP in 2019, both of the trim levels that the hybrid version is available in (Shine and Shine Plus) come with the 'Safety Plus Pack' deemed necessary for the car to get a five-star score.
That pack includes an upgrade to automatic emergency braking system to enable pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as night-time and intersection functionality. That's in addition to all the other standard safety equipment common to all C5 Aircross Hybrids, which includes a full complement of airbags, ISOFIX child-seat fittings on the front passenger and two outer rear seats, collision risk alerts, post-collision braking, driver drowsiness alerts, traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warnings and blind-spot monitoring.
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 & comfortThe 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 rating - currently readingThe 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