Citroen C5 X Puretech 130 HP (2022): how much does entry level cost?

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family sedan

130 hp petrol engine

From 32 900 euros

DS, CX, C6, C5, Citroën’s history is interspersed with big sedans. Models that have contributed to the reputation of the brand. Today, many brands have left this category, especially French ones, due to the difficulty of gaining a foothold there and control from German manufacturers. Thus, Renault gave up. Peugeot continues to produce its 508, and Citroën is returning to it with this C5 X after the end of production of the C5.

For this comeback, Citroën, like many of the brand’s models, decided to do something different. Thus, the C5 X is not a simple sedan, as it gives the impression that it is at the crossroads of several paths.

Like many Citroën models, the C5 X has dual-level headlights.
The rafters run across the entire width of the vehicle.
The rafters run across the entire width of the vehicle.

Some will say that this is a high-legged sedan that shares some common features with SUVs, such as wheel arch protection and large diameter wheels up to 19 inches. Given the pronounced roof recession, others will argue that it looks more like a coupe-sedan.

With large diameter wheels and wheel arches, the C5 X has adopted some off-road codes.
With large diameter wheels and wheel arches, the C5 X has adopted some off-road codes.
Like the front end, the rear end is not without personality.
Like the front end, the rear end is not without personality.

That’s why Citroën mixes genres. Whatever your point of view, this C5 X stands out from the competition with its distinctive identity, which starts with chevrons that run the full width of the grille and ends with headlights on two levels, the upper ones being especially good. The rear end is not without personality, with Y-shaped taillights that spill very widely over the fenders and tailgate, with a spoiler appearing on the latter.

The dashboard is more classic, even if the technology is present.
The dashboard is more classic, even if the technology is present.

Exterior uniqueness is missing from the cabin as the instrument panel remains relatively classic, in line with the brand’s latest Chevron designs, with a few blemishes, such as the tiny digital instrument cluster that appears on the head-up display. It is difficult to compete with competitors. Still an odd choice, considering the French brand has installed a large 12-inch multimedia touchscreen that houses a new well-designed, aesthetic and practical interface with remote updates and essential Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It also takes up that entire screen, which is rarely reported.

The rear seats are very comfortable, especially the knee room.
The rear seats are very comfortable, especially the knee room.
The trunk has a good capacity and is easy to use.
The trunk has a good capacity and is easy to use.

But the main advantage of the chevron interior is simply royal spaciousness in the back with, in particular, legroom worthy of a car of the highest category. Headroom and inside width are also very good. The large space reserved for passengers in no way detracts from the corresponding boot volume, which ranges between 545 and 1645 litres. This is practical thanks to the correct shape, low loading threshold and the presence of a rear door that is much easier to load than a simple trunk.

Test - Citroen C5 X Puretech 130 HP  (2022): How Much Does Entry Level Cost?

After a first test drive in the most powerful plug-in hybrid and petrol version (180 hp), it was time for the powerful entry-level 130 hp engine. An engine that we know well, as it is a 130 hp Puretech, which is found in many models of the Stellantis group, be it DS, Peugeot, Opel and, of course, Citroën. This is a 1.2 three-cylinder engine with 230 Nm of torque, characteristics that may seem modest, but which are enough for everyday work. Puretech is not very dynamic. It fits well with the quiet vocation of this C5 X, which has no sporting pretensions. However, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 10.3 seconds, which is not so catastrophic. Its consumption is also a positive, with an average of 7.1 l / 100 km noted during our test. Malus question, with the release of 136 g of CO2, you will have to pay 230 €.

Test - Citroen C5 X Puretech 130 HP  (2022): How Much Does Entry Level Cost?

The strong point of this C5 X is undoubtedly the comfort worthy of the brand’s reputation. So passengers will be especially pampered by the various elements of the Advanced Comfort program, whether it be variable density foam seats or suspensions with hydraulic stops. But be careful, this comfort comes with some drawbacks. So our C5 doesn’t like to be interrupted, and turns are synonymous with body movements. While the previously tested versions were equipped with adaptive suspension, this is not the case in our test model. This is felt because it is not possible to play in different modes and, in particular, to use the sport mode, which corrects the movements of the body and thus benefits from a more neutral behavior. Thus, the roll is the other side of the coin of this pleasant flying carpet experience.