CITROEN’S C5 Aircross has powerful presence with its tall stance, imposing frontal design and big alloy wheels making it unmistakable in the crowded SUV sector where visual image is very important.
A spacious five-seater with massive boot capacity and flat-fold seats also give it a high score for day-to-day practicality and with petrol and diesel engines in the line-up, manual and auto gearboxes and three trim levels, the C5 Aircross ticks all the boxes for those seeking versatile family transport.
Prices start at €26,837 (£23,225) for the well-kitted Feel version, though many will opt for the mid-range Flair models which add extra features including enhanced connectivity, sat-nav and rear-view camera.
My test model was a Flair+ which added other kit including opening panoramic glass sunroof and wireless smart-phone charging.
This version, with 1.2-litre 129hp turbo-petrol engine and six-speed manual gearbox, costs € 32,037 (£27,725) and delivers good performance from a relatively small engine unit.
Top speed is 188kph (117mph), 0-60mph time 10.5 seconds and emissions 119g/km. Average fuel economy is 14.7kpl (41.5mpg).
The C5 Aircross is smooth and easy to drive, with light-touch controls, excellent steering feedback and a slick manual gearshift.
Ride comfort is outstanding thanks to special progressive action hydraulic suspension and well-designed seats which give plenty of support.
There is excellent all-round visibility and the dashboard layout with large central screen is very user-friendly.
The C5 Aircross competes in a hard-fought SUV sector, but it has all the credentials be be a winner.
It has stand-out styling, excellent driving dynamics with arguably class-leading ride comfort.
The Citroen brand has been revitalised in recent years, and now has a strong reputation for innovative and creative cars exuding plenty of French cachet, the C5 Aircross being a fine example.