Citroen C5 X variants
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Citroen C5 X buying guide

What Citroen C5 X trim levels are there?

Sense Plus isn't yet another streaming service – it's actually the entry-level trim for the C5 X. There's nothing entry-level about the equipment, however, because you get 19-inch alloy wheels, part-faux-leather upholstery, climate control, cruise control, all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard. You also get a digital driver's screen and a 10-inch central infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and built-in sat nav.

Shine adds full leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a larger 12-inch infotainment screen and a heads-up display for the driver.

Shine Plus sits at the top of the range. You get chevron-effect stitching in the leather upholstery and heated front seats, along with a 360º parking camera, acoustically insulated side windows and a powered boot lid.

Citroen C5 X interior and technology

You won't find many chintzy gimmicks in the C5 X's cabin so the dashboard layout is fairly simple. Slim air vents sit above a strip of modern, wood-effect trim, with clear, physical climate controls below that.

Apart from that, it's the C5 X's screen technology that accounts for most of the cabin's visual flair. The standard 10-inch unit looks fine but the upgraded 12-inch screen fills the bezel more effectively and helps put the car firmly in the 21st century. You'll find a wireless charger fitted to mid-spec Shine cars and up.

Space in the C5 X is impressive – there's loads of space in the front and an equally generous amount in the back, bringing the fight directly to rivals like the Skoda Superb. The Citroen's boot space is more than enough for most buyers but the 545-litre space is slightly smaller than rivals on paper.

Citroen C5 X engine range explained

Citroen C5 X 1.2 PureTech 130 petrol

This is the entry-level engine for the C5 X. It's widely used across Citroen, Vauxhall and Peugeot cars and is one of our favourite engines in this class. Despite its small size, it's smooth and responsive, delivering the majority of its output low-down in the rev range, where you need it the most. All versions come paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which suits the car's relaxed character.

Citroen C5 X 1.6 PureTech 180 petrol

If you want a little more performance, you can upgrade to its 1.6-litre petrol engine – be aware, however, this model isn't as common as the entry-level 1.2-litre or the PHEV version. With 180hp, acceleration is quite a bit stronger, cracking the 0-62mph sprint in less than nine seconds.

Citroen C5 X 1.6 PHEV 225 plug-in hybrid

The most powerful model in the C5 X range is also the most efficient. This plug-in-hybrid setup blends the 1.6-litre petrol engine with a powerful electric motor for zippy acceleration. A fully charged battery will net you around 30 miles of electric range without starting the engine or, if you make the most of both power sources, more than 180mpg is possible in ideal conditions.

Citroen C5 X FAQs

The Citroen C5 X comes in one form only – a large five-seat, five-door estate car with a hatchback-style boot lid. You'll spot chunky plastic cladding and a slightly raised ride height, however, giving the big Citroen some SUV style.

If you like the sound of a spacious cruiser with plenty of French style, consider cross-shopping the C5 X against cars like the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV, the Peugeot 508 or the DS 9 saloon.

With lots of families flocking to large SUVs, big estates like the C5 X are becoming more of a rarity. It measures in at a nudge over 4.8 metres long – outstripping the 4.5-metre C5 Aircross SUV and beating the Peugeot 508 by a few millimetres, but falling short of the 4.9-metre DS 9. Compared to similar cars from other automaker groups, the C5 X is a few millimetres longer than a BMW 3 Series and a fraction shorter than the Skoda Superb.

All models get all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera, however, so parking shouldn't be too much of a challenge once you've found a space big enough.

The big footprint means a big cabin, with loads of passenger space for front and rear occupants. You'll also find a respectable 545-litre cargo area, which you can load all the way to the roof thanks to the C5 X's estate profile.

There are just three C5 X engine options to choose from – a 1.2-litre turbo petrol with 130hp, a 1.6-litre with 180hp and a plug-in hybrid with 225hp. All versions include an automatic gearbox as standard.

We reckon your best bets are at either end of the range. You could save money and choose the affordable 1.2-litre car – it has plenty of grunt for most driving situations, including longer motorway trips.

The mid-range 1.6-litre petrol is rare on the used market and doesn't represent much of an increase in performance over the smaller unit so, for most buyers, it's probably not worth the upgrade.

At the top of the range, the plug-in hybrid has a few aces up its sleeve. It has the most power for insistent acceleration – it can travel more than 30 miles on electric power alone – and you might see north of 180mpg if you recharge the battery regularly.

The C5 X is one of the newest cars in the French company's lineup, but no large-scale problems have emerged in the time it's been on sale.

Its engines are widely used across the Stellantis group in Citroen, Peugeot, Vauxhall and DS models, with few complaints about their dependability. This also means service and replacement parts should be easy to source.

For the greatest peace of mind, consider adding an extended warranty, which kicks in once the factory coverage expires. This will protect you from the cost of unexpected mechanical or electrical failures.