Today the French Automobile Manufacturer Citroen launched its first model The Citroen C5 Aircross in the Indian market, which is priced around Rs.29.9 lakh for the standard Feel variant (mono-tone) and Rs.31.9 lakh for the feature-rich Shine variant. But with the announcements came the confusion about whether to buy this overpriced car or not. So, before coming to a conclusion let’s see what are the 5 Good and Not so good things about Citroen C5 Aircross.
- Styled like no other
With such a high-priced car one more thing is equally high, which is its interior and exterior styling. The Citroen has a design that can’t be matched by any other car in India, the car looks very stylish with funky looking front design that comprises of a sleek split headlamp design, a unique looking grille, various air vents throughout the bumper, black side body cladding, and rather simple looking rear profile. This car can easily be recognized by a mile away.
- A great powertrain option but with a catch
The Citroen C5 Aircross gets only a single powertrain option, which is a pretty good 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine, capable of producing optimum power of 177 PS and a max torque of 400 Nm, coupled with an 8-speed AT gearbox. However, there are 2 catch in this powerful option – first is the missing Manual Gearbox option, not everyone is a fan of automatic transmission option so a missing MT option might be a no-no for some people, the other catch is that there isn’t any petrol option, which might now feel such a big deal for many, but would have been better if Citroen gave the customers an option to choose from.
- Independently adjustable rear seats
The 2nd row of the C5 is like no other car in the market where the car makers have divided the rear seat into 3 separate seats in a ratio of 33:33:33. And although the car has a massive boot space of 580 litres but if you want you can even increase this boot space up to 1630 litres by folding the rear seats completely, and if you don’t want to close all the seats, the car has you covered with all seats able to move forward or bent separately.
- Carries a butt load of features but lacks in many conditions
The C5 is packed with features to the brim, offering many attractive features like a panoramic sunroof, 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and many such features, but the wired thing here is, even though has an infotainment system but lacks the connected car technology, meaning no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. And the car is not very ergonomic for the Indian market, meaning many of the features still are the same as for the countries using a left-hand drive like a weirdly placed start and stop button, the position of the gear selector and many others.
- Very limited dealership options
However good the car is, if the after-sales service of the car is not good people will start to overlook the car as an option. The company Citroen is relatively new for the Indian market and the company only has 10 dealerships all around India, and that so only in major cities. So, let’s see how the car is going to perform with these limited conditions.