Citroen C5 X as a plug-in hybrid in the first practical test

Citroen C5 X as a plug-in hybrid in the first practical test

Suspended as a great force

The C5X shows its great strength in long-distance driving. The special suspension, which is reserved for Citroën in the Stellantis group, and the comfortable seats that still offer enough support make long car journeys a relaxing pleasure. An additional advantage – with the option of massage, heating and cooling – the chair deserves the possibility to adjust the headrests not only in height but also in direction at the touch of a button. Which during head restraints, which are often installed for crash tests, which require a narrow, humble view of people living (but get high marks in the crash test), cannot be estimated.

And the way the “Advanced Comfort Suspension” smooths out bumps in the ground and gently smooths out even the shortest bumps is something no one this side of luxury limousine air suspension is doing right now. Here it has itself Citroën created a unique selling point that comes into its own in the larger C5X.

In terms of overall performance, the engine is fully on par with the likes of the C5X, which as a plug-in hybrid weighs no less than 1.8 tonnes. Of course, the weight can’t be hidden when cornering and descending, but it doesn’t sit like a pointed corner stealer. And the available power is always sufficient for very reliable progress when the petrol engine and electric motor throw themselves at the front axle together.

The 8-speed automatic splits the power to a great extent without hiding it in more motion and the interaction of the two sources of motion also leaves nothing to be desired.

On-board electronics and upgrade requirements

Unfortunately, this could not be said about the on-board electronics in the test car. The “natural sound control” promised in the PR text didn’t quite work out. Communication with a friendly voice from the background turned out to be difficult to annoy and ended with the discovery that the smart one gave in – in other words, the necessary entries were made correctly on the touch screen.

However, it also needs to be configured first. This takes some time at first, but it’s very customizable in a way that you can find individual control panels where you’ve set them up yourself.

The following session also showed that a few more system updates will be needed here. The board system suddenly decided that from now on it only wanted to cool the feet of the passengers. All the inputs through the touch screen were displayed appropriately, but no actions were followed that would lead to the desired goal.

When driving in an outside temperature of 32 degrees, this was not only bad for the cold interior (as it is known, cold air does not rise) and caused icy feet, it was also not to be helped. Only after stopping in the parking lot, turning off the engine, closing the doors and then opening and restarting the technology of the board could be found again at the request of its users.

Use of manageable exercises

Finally, on consumption: the practical average for long-distance journeys was between 6.1 and 7.5 l/100 km, depending on the driving profile. The fully required air conditioning system played a big part in this with outside temperatures of up to 41 degrees in a short time. Overall, this resulted in an acceptable average of 6.7 l/100 km over the entire test distance.

In short-distance traffic, everything depends on the charge cycle in the socket. Anyone who plugs in frequently and rarely covers more than 50 kilometers between two charging points can forget about filling stations for a long time.

And don’t just know about NoVA’s zero percent when you buy Citroen C5 X and (as a company car driver) enjoy reduced benefits.