26 February 2021
Business mileage may have fallen off a cliff during the coronavirus pandemic, but there are still occasions for essential journeys. One such trip to Citroen HQ in Coventry to drive the new C4 highlighted one of the C5 Aircross’s key skills; being a supremely comfortable and relaxing way of covering motorway miles.
Not only are the suspension and seats perfect for this kind of route, meaning you get to your destination in comfort, but the standard clever cruise (with lane keeping) makes things even easier and more relaxing. And for those that don’t like lane keeping, there’s a proper button you can use to simply switch it off.
12 February 2021
Connectivity is all with the latest cars and this goes double for cars you plug in and charge up. Our long term Citroen C5 Aircross is no exception thanks to the MyCitroen app.
After an easy setup procedure, the app will show information such as the state of charge, electric and total range, when a service is due and you can also send destinations direct to the satnav from the app, or wonderfully set the car to pre-heat before you even go near the car on a frosty morning.
But for company car drivers, the app also records your journeys and allows you to tag and filter them by work or pleasure, or anything you like really. Which would be great, but for some unknown reason it only records some of my journeys. This is doubly odd because it knows my total distance, it’s just missing some of my trip data. The result is that if you look at the journeys I’ve taken the car seems to jump locations like it’s been put on a transporter and moved to a new location to start a new journey.
I currently suspect the problems may be linked to Bluetooth which the app asks requests permission to use every time I get in the car despite my phone being set to ‘allow Bluetooth every time’.
I’ll see if the issue can be ironed out, because currently it means I can’t trust what the app says and makes the trip function useless.
29 January 2021
Looking backwards in the C5 Aircross is a mixed experience.
Firstly, it’s worth pointing out the positive; the C5 Aircross has three identically sized, proper, seats. That’s something of a rarity in this sector with most just offering two and a raised, smaller middle seat. All three rear seats also have Isofix points so you’ll get three child seats in too.
However, looking backward in the rearview mirror it’s quickly obvious that, rear seat passengers or not, the rear screen is tiny and doesn’t give the best view out.
The C-pillar is also large which makes reversing round corners tricky, even with the standard reversing camera.
15 January 2021
Showing that carrots work better than sticks at persuading people to change their habits, the incentives to pick a plug-in company car rather than a purely petrol or diesel one are having a massive impact on the market.
Car makers have realised the only way to succeed in the company car arena is to offer PHEVs, EVs, or both to take advantage of that market change. Company Car Today’s latest fleet arrival, the Citroen C5 Aircross, illustrates why perfectly.
With the PHEV version sitting in the 10% BIK band, a 20% tax payer will save £1,134 every year in take-home pay over the equivalent diesel. For a 40% payer that saving jumps to £2,267 a year.
So that’s why you’d pick the PHEV version of Citroen’s small family SUV, but how does the rest of the car stack up?
Over the next six months we’ll be finding out if there are any real-world compromises to picking the plug-in and finding out what the C5 Aircross is like to live with.
At this early stage it’s worth pointing out a few official stats for the C5 Aircross that every PHEV buyer should know about their car, or prospective car. The battery capacity is 13.2kWh, the official electric range is 34 miles and the car is capable of charging at 6.6kW which means it will go from empty to full off a home 7kW charger in less than two hours.