Citroën have always had a “think outside the box” approach when it comes to car making, and the 2023 C5 Aircross Sport only serves to emphasise this philosophy. The peppy little city slicker SUV offers 133kW of power and 250Nm of torque from its punchy engine.
That motor is a turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It will zip to 100km/h in an impressive 8.2 seconds. Weighing in at only 1402kg the power is more than enough to give you the feeling of brisk performance.
The gear changes are silky smooth, and most of the time you won’t even notice it shift. There’s a decent array of driving modes, with Eco, Normal and Sport joined by Snow, Mud and Sand. Hill descent adds to its capabilities.
Driver aids include adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a speed limiter, blind spot monitoring and 180-degree parking camera. While the fuel consumption is rated at 5.7-litres/100km, real world testing saw 7.0-litres/100km.
Given you have a 53-litre fuel tank on board, that should see you good for well over 600km between top ups. The suspension on the C5 is nicely dampened and makes for a ride that feels smooth and forgiving, no matter the road conditions.
Add to this the soft “air-like” feel of the seat cushioning and you really feel comfy and safe when hitting the road. The boot space is substantial at 580-litres with the seats up, or 1,630-litres with them down. You get a super handy automatic tailgate as well.
Staying inside for a moment, the Nappa leather trim adds to comfort levels, and there’s enough leg room in the second row of this small SUV for adults to sit without any restrictions. A combination of glass roofing adds to the feeling of roominess.
Up front there’s an opening sunroof, while second row passengers score a moon roof. The driver gets the added luxury of a massage seat (cat paws became a personal favourite), while storage spots throughout the cabin are oversized compared to rivals.
The centre cubby is big enough to be a fridge, and there’s additional storage beneath the infotainment system, as well as a big wireless charging bay. The recessed gear selector and drive mode switch have a real premium feel as well.
The digital gauge cluster has a raft of customisation options and is integrated with the navigation function. The infotainment system layout is stylish, but is a little trippy when you first try to figure out the functionality.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s a decent setup, combining a mix of touch and button controls for everything from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the reasonably beefy sound system. All-in-all it’s an intuitive system that’s easy to use once you know how.
There’s some nice little touches, like the lit up cup holders, and a real simplicity of design that make this a cool car to get around in. There’s a few things to fault on the C5 Aircross Sport, but not many.
The paddle shifters that don’t move with the steering wheel take some getting used to, but our biggest bugbear was the auto stop/start function. If you need to get back on the gas just after it turns off, there’s quite a lag before it gets going, which can be frustrating.
That said, stick this car into Normal mode, throw on a heated seat, add a massage, and you’ll find yourself experiencing a smooth, seamless drive that leaves you arriving at your destination wondering how you got there.
So comfortable is it, that it’s almost like a daydream. That sums up this car in a nutshell almost. The 2023 Citroën C5 Aircross Sport is a well-finished vehicle with styling that stands out among its competitors.
The ride comfort is a good surprise, and the engine and suspension gel together nicely. The Eclipse Blue paint scheme is a winner for us too, but if that’s not for you, there’s also Pearl White, Steel Grey, Polar White, Nera Black and Platinum Grey.
The interior styling matches the exterior for execution and the on-board technology and luxury are everything you really need in your daily driver. Priced at around $59,990 drive away, the price is the only other sting in the tail.
Our test vehicle was provided by Citroën Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Citroën C5 Aircross Sport, contact your local Citroën dealer.