Petrol, diesel and PHEV powertrains continue to be offered with the new C5 Aircross

Citroen’s “dynamic and distinctive” new C5 Aircross Sport Utility Vehicle has gained updated assistance technologies and improved infotainment as part of a mid-cycle refresh.

Starting at £25,515, the C5 Aircross is available in three trims: ‘Sense Plus’, ‘Shine’ and ‘C-Series Edition’. Turbo petrol and diesel engines continue to be joined by a plug-in hybrid model that can cover distances of 34-miles on a single charge.

A raft of design changes have been applied to the French company’s family mover, with the front end sporting a revised grille similar to that seen on the new C4 and upcoming C5 X.

The brand’s logo is now “detached” from the reconfigured daytime running lights, while the bumper now incorporates functional air curtains for improved aerodynamics. All C5 Aircross models come equipped with alloy wheels, gloss black roof bars and new LED light clusters at the rear.

The C5 Aircross car also pairs a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and with a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen that is positioned higher up on the dashboard in an effort “to reduce stress by ensuring the driver keeps their eyes on the road”.

Comfort levels should be enhanced by Citroen’s ‘Advanced Comfort’ seats. Constructed from an extra 15mm top layer of textured foam, these “ensure maximum support for the driver and passengers”, the company claims.

‘Sense Plus’ trim replaces outgoing ‘Sense’ versions with owners benefiting from new features including 18-inch ‘Pulsar’ diamond-cut alloy wheels, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start, and electric folding door mirrors.

Buyers enjoy the ‘Drive Assist Pack’ on ‘Shine’ trim. It comprises adaptive cruise control, and active safety brake – a camera and radar-based system. Inside, Alcantara upholstered seats appear, while the ‘Urban Black’ pack is said to “bring an upmarket feel to the cabin”.

TheC-Series Edition’ sits at the top of the range and is designed specially for the UK market. It gains a ‘Perla Nera Black’ bi-tone roof with an exclusive ‘Anodised Bronze Colour Pack’. An opening panoramic glass sunroof, wireless phone charging and a motorised tailgate with hands-free access are all included.

Petrol and diesel engines continue to be available across the range and can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox. ‘Shine’ and ‘C-Series Edition’ trims are also available with a Plug-in hybrid powertrain that marries a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor and a 13.2kWh battery.

Customers have a wealth of styling options to choose from, on top of a bodycolour palette that now includes ‘Eclipse Blue’ – a shade that “changes from dark blue to black depending on the light”.

‘Colour Packs’ add highlights to the front air intakes and ‘Airbump’ protective panels that run along the bottom third of the doors and consist of ‘Glossy Black’, ‘Dark Chrome’, ‘Anodised Bronze’ and ‘Energetic Blue’.

On the practicality front, between 580- and 720-litres of boot space is available in petrol and diesel C5 Aircross models, while PHEV variants serve up 460- to 600-litres.

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