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2021 Citroen C5 Aircross review: Nice driving SUV has good looks

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This European family-hauler draws in buyers with its good looks, stylish cabin, and there are more than a few surprises for interested drivers.

Most family SUVs follow a relatively simple formula, but for drivers wanting something a bit different, Citroen’s C5’s sprinkles in just enough flair to stand out from the beige crowd. Here are five things you need to know about the Citroen C5 SUV.

THERE’S STYLE AND FLAIR TO SPARE

French cars are known for their bold designs, and the Citroen C5 Aircross is no different. It hasn’t pushed the friendship too far, though. The styling is different enough to turn heads but not too extreme.

Splashes of color on the bumper and distinctive two-tier LED front headlights make it stand out from the crowd, while 19-inch alloy wheels fill the arches to give the SUV a purposeful stance.

Inside, supple leather and mottled grey cloth seat upholstery look like it’s just come off a Parisian runway, while chrome and piano-black surfaces exude a premium feel.

LOOKING AT THIS GOOD COSTS MONEY

Choosing the right C5 Aircross is easy, as there is only one variant available on its local website. The C5 Aircross Shine we tested is priced at about $51,000 drive-away, which plants it firmly at the top-end of the mainstream mid-size softroader pile.

Toyota has a more expensive RAV4, and Mazda asks for more for a top-spec CX-5, but these rivals come with extra equipment, including all-wheel-drive grip and or fuel-sipping hybrid power.

THERE ARE SOME THINGS MISSING

There is a decent level of kit included, but a few essential items are missing. A hi-tech 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver provides some wow factor, and the display can be configured to suit individual tastes, from information-heavy to minimalist.

An eight-inch central touchscreen is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a wireless device charging pad complements the two USB ports – one servicing the front row and the other the second. Standard safety kit includes autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, and lane departure assist but rear cross-traffic alert is a notable omission.

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