Citroen C5-X 2023 Review

Citroen C5-X – Sometimes I drive a car that doesn’t quite fit in a box. The Citroen C5-X is such a car. It’s a blend of car, wagon, hatch, and SUV all rolled into one exquisitely styled vehicle.   2023 Citroen C5-X front 2 The C5-X is the premium model for the French brand and comes well equipped. That you would expect.

What you could also expect, given it’s a Citroen, is innovative design, some quirky features, and a limousine like ride.

Inside the layout is different and some of the controls take a little getting used to. The central screen can be individualised, perhaps a little too much. But its spacious and extremely comfortable.

The C5-X is powered by a turbocharged 1.6L PureTech Petrol engine, producing 133kW of power, driving the front wheels through an 8-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission.

It performs well above what the raw figures would indicate. Around town its punchy, but on the freeway the long legs really take effect and it cruises effortlessly and economically. I got around 6.3l/100km on the freeway and that was with some enthusiastic driving.

The Citroen C5-X is an elegant presence in a segment that sometimes gets hung up on badges and loses its individuality. Its for buyers that want something just a little different. At a bit under $58,000 plus the usual costs its also an absolute bargain against other premium brands.

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2022 Citroen C5 X. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

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What is good?

  • Stunning design / Interior layout
  • Superlative ride and quiet
  • Well priced against other premium brands

What is not so good?

  • Would love a sport version
  • no full size spare
  • Amount of configurability in technology can be overwhelming

2022 Citroen C5 X. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

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The CS-X sits almost in its own segment and crosses many boundaries.

Buyers could look at: Audi Q3, Peugeot 508 GT fastback, Genesis G70, VW Passat, Lexus NX, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar E-PACE.

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Model

C5-X

Model Price$57,670 MLP*
Engine1.6L 4 Cyl Turbo Petrol
Drivetrain8 Sp Sports AT FWD
Power133.0kW @ 5,500rpm
Torque250Nm @ 1,650rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (Tested Oct 2022)
0-100kmh / Top Speed8.1 Sec / 230km/h
CO2 Emissions120g/km / Euro 6.3
Economy ADR6.0L/100k / 52L capacity
Economy on test6.5L/100k
Max Range963 km
Servicing12Mth / 20,000km Fixed Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2022 Citroen C5 X. (Photo Narrative Post/Matthias Engesser)

Overall Rating    

89/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance8
Ride and Handling9
Practicality9
Fit for Purpose9
Styling / Design9
Technology/connectivity9
Value for Money9

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Dimensions

 
Overall Length4805mm
Wheelbase2785mm
Width1865mm
Height1490mm
Wheels19×7.0 Alloy
Tyres205/55 R19
Max ground clearanceUp to 194mm
Wading DepthNot Applicable
ApproachNot Applicable
RampoverNot Applicable
Departure angleNot Applicable
Turning Circle KTKTBA
Tub LengthNot Applicable
Tub WidthNot Applicable
Tub width archesNot Applicable
Tub DepthNot Applicable
Kerb Weight1491kg
Payload (kg)439kg
GVM (kg)1930kg
GCM3530kg
Towing Capacity1600kg
Tow Ball rating100kg

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Summary

The Citroen C5-X is an elegant presence in a segment that sometimes gets hung up on badges and loses its individuality. Its for buyers that want something just a little different. At a bit under $58,000 plus the usual costs its also an absolute bargain against other premium brands.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.