Citroen C5 Aircross vs. Fort Kuga: The plug-in hybrid SUV is under test

Citroen C5 Aircross vs. Fort Kuga: The plug-in hybrid SUV is under test


Lots of space and also an electric phone. That’s understandable SUV and double plugins under the hood are currently very popular. The market is also very competitive. A perennial favorite since 2019 is Ford Kuga. At 4.61 meters, he manages to play jack of all trades. In 2021, almost 30,000 Kuga went to the counter in this country.

Comparing Citroen C5 Aircross, Ford Kuga

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Ford Kuga 2.5L Duratec PHEV

RRP EUR 43,750.00

Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid

RRP EUR 43,350.00

It’s just a long time, although it doesn’t work out a bit, at least for us Citroen C5 Aircross in the market. With 3,385 units sold, it pleased almost 90 percent fewer customers in 2021 than the Kuga. With the latest facelift, the French are now playing it safe and presenting the Aircross in a smoother and more relaxed way – more in tune with the crowd, but also more easily confused. But fans can breathe, he remains a real person at heart Citroën.

Memories are made in the C5 Aircross

Once in, the digital speedometer restores the memories of the magnifying glass speedometer CX. The seats are wide and comfortable, but still offer adequate lateral support. Extra! Above all, it builds itself C5 close to the workers in such a targeted way that helplessness, like being in a cocoon, immediately sets in. In addition, the processed materials appear to be of high quality and carefully assembled.

Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid

Glowing nostalgia: The C5’s digital cockpit display is a slight reminder of the CX’s magnifying glass speedometer.


The fact that driving infotainment in particular still requires patience and willingness to learn is a matter of good form for a brand that is used to cultivate rocker buttons for indicators, switches for the heated rear window on the roof or the radio between the seats.

Kuga is calm inside

Kuga is more calm and brave. He is the world’s professional car that appeals to any market and to any customer. Apart from details like the B-pillar panels, its design also looks solid and classic.

Ford Kuga 2.5L Duratec PHEV

Interesting: Kuga’s work area is smartly designed, it does not annoy any customers. However, the seating position is not the best.


Compared to the C5, however, you sit here like on a stool. It’s as if it’s a question of wringing out every last millimeter of height for the SUV feel you want, as the driver you always feel like a small child being carried around in the air. This may give the impression of a better summary, but it is not a good one.

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combustion engine performance

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Tank capacity/fuel type

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high voltage charging (AC/DC)

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Battery capacity (net)

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trailer load used / not used

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Test drive price (under evaluation)

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Four cylinders, turbo + electric motor

4500/1859-2099**/1689mm

Four cylinders, turbo + electric motor

continuously variable automatic transmission

Continental Premium Communications 6

4614/1883-2178**/1658mm


That view is deceptive. The Kuga cleverly uses its extra eleven centimeters of length for the extra important millimeters of space for passengers. Especially in the back, it gives passengers more space for their legs. All have adjustable backrests and sliding seats.

Ford Kuga 2.5L Duratec PHEV

More space in the back: At a height of eleven centimeters Ford Kuga, passengers in the second row are more comfortable than in the C5.


When it comes to the trunk, the C5 takes the lead again. With a capacity of 460 to 1630 litres, it clearly puts the Kuga at a distance with its manageable 395 to 1517 litres. Counters with a slightly higher charge and a lower sill. In addition, at 1.5 tons, it can still take 200 kg more on the hook than the Citroën.

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Power consumption (extrapolated)

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(60% hybrid, 40% electric)

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4.6LS + 12.3kWh/100km

550 km + 43 km of electricity

680 km + 62 km of electricity


Additionally, the tailgate that doesn’t open far enough is annoying. From a height of 1.80 meters there is an increased risk of headaches. The compartment under the trunk floor should also be large. The bottom floor box in the Kuga may look worse and more open in direct comparison, but it swallows the charging cable without any problems.

Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid Ford Kuga 2.5L Duratec PHEV

Kuga advantage: With a full battery, the Kuga can travel 62 kilometers on electric power alone, the C5 Aircross manages only 43 kilometers.


Kuga wins in the E range

Perhaps they also think with Citroën that, considering the electric range of only 43 km, it is not worth keeping it well. It’s a little better ford and 62 km. However: These two are more for housemates with a small area of ​​action. Anyone who plans to travel faster and more will not be able to do without a combustion engine. More information about the experiment can be found in the photo gallery.

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Plug-in connected SUVs are being tested