Citroen C5 Aircross Hybrid practicality & boot space
The C5 hybrid offers less total carrying and towing capacities than its petrol and diesel stablemates, but remains a pretty versatile choice
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The C5 hybrid is a large and spacious car inside, with its three full-size rear seats being a particularly welcome feature. Total boot capacity and maximum towing weight are somewhat reduced from the petrol and diesel models, but this is still a useful and versatile vehicle in hybrid form.
Citroen C5 Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
The chunky block design on the seat upholstery looks good and they're definitely nicely cushioned, although they could do with being a bit more supportive at the sides – you sometimes find yourself sliding over a bit in corners.
In the back, the C5 gets three proper individually adjustable seats, rather than a little 'bump' in the middle you have in the back of many other cars. There's also no transmission tunnel down there on the floor, so even the person sitting in the middle doesn't suffer squashed feet – that gets a big thumbs up from us.
Practicality can be a concern if you're looking at plug-in hybrids, as often they sacrifice some boot space in order to accommodate their batteries. And while the C5 Hybrid doesn't have any awkward, boxy intrusions in the boot area, the total luggage volume is slightly less than for other C5s.
All three of the back seats slide forwards and backwards individually, so you have up to 600 litres to play with when they're in place. Drop them down, and you're looking at 1,510 litres in total. Corresponding figures for the petrol version are 720 and 1,630 litres respectively. There’s underfloor storage for the cables, too.
The hybrid C5 is a bit heavier than the diesel and petrol versions of the car, and one result of that is a lower towing capacity of 1,300kg, so you're restricted to pulling smaller trailers and caravans with this model.
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 costsAs with most plug-in hybrids, the C5 Aircross ensures company-car users enjoy ultra-low tax rates
- 4Engines, drive & performancePerformance from the 222bhp petrol-electric engine is strong, but in other respects the C5 Aircross isn't that great to drive
- 5Interior & comfortThe C5 Aircross Hybrid has comfortable seats and a stylish interior, with plenty of kit for your money
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe C5 hybrid offers less total carrying and towing capacities than its petrol and diesel stablemates, but remains a pretty versatile choice
- 7Reliability & safetyThe C5 Aircross is a pretty new model for the time being, but the signs are good for both safety and reliability