The Citroen C5 X Is An Estate, Saloon And Crossover All At Once

Citroen's latest C5 ditches the traditional three-box saloon shape of the old one for a blend of styles
The Citroen C5 X Is An Estate, Saloon And Crossover All At Once

While still strong, family estate car popularity has taken a beating over the years - first from the rise of the MPV, and more recently from the explosion in SUV popularity. Volvo, once the go-to firm for wagons, now sells far more high riders than it does big-booted beauties. Meanwhile, some companies have decided not to bother with estate versions of some models at all as their crossovers apparently fill the void.

Perhaps what the humble estate car needs is a bit of a reinvention. Dubbing wagons as ‘Shooting Brakes’, as VW and others have done, is one solution, but Citroen has come up with something else. Its new C5 X seems like an estate at first glance, but look a little closer, and you’ll see it isn’t. Not quite.

The C5 X's boot offers 545 litres of luggage space, or 1640 with the rear seats folded
The C5 X's boot offers 545 litres of luggage space, or 1640 with the rear…

Citroen says the car “offers the elegance of a saloon, the versatility of an estate and the commanding presence of an SUV”. Sure enough, it has a slightly higher ride height than the average wagon plus some token plastic body cladding, rather like a Volvo Cross Country or Audi Allroad model. Nothing new there, but at the rear, there’s a sloping, fast-back style profile. We reckon it looks great.

The styling isn’t the only thing the C5 X does differently. We’re used to press releases banging on about torsional rigidity and sporty driving characteristics, but Citroen is unashamedly pitching this thing as a waft-mobile. On that front, it has ‘Citroën Advanced Comfort Active suspension’, which uses hydraulic cushions for a silky-smooth ride.

The Citroen C5 X Is An Estate, Saloon And Crossover All At Once

Where your bum’s parked also plays a big part when it comes to comfort, and Citroen has paid plenty of attention there too. The seats are topped with a “special padding that works like a mattress topper,” and have a thickened foam parts strategically positioned to give the best “dynamic and postural comfort”. We feel relaxed just reading that.

There are plenty of more conventional touches in the cabin, though, like the usual big high-def touchscreen (a 12-inch one in this case), a smattering of USB sockets, a wireless phone charging system and a colour head-up display.

The Citroen C5 X Is An Estate, Saloon And Crossover All At Once

In terms of engines, Citroen isn’t saying much, but we know there isn’t going to be a diesel engine in the line-up. It’s also been confirmed that there will be a 222bhp plug-in hybrid inline-four engine offered, giving an electric-only range of up to 31 miles.

The C5 X go on sale at the tail end of 2021.


Freddie Skeates

I like this. The blurring of the lines between different body-styles nowadays, a la Kia EV6, Jag I-Pace et al, really suits Citroen. It reminds me of cars like the CX and the Renault Vel Satis. Perhaps the Avantime really was ahead of its time.

That said, most crossover/coupe/hatchback/sedans are pretty unsuccessful. I’m worried I’m giving the Citroen a free pass, because it’s a Citroen.

04/13/2021 - 11:36 |
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Ben Anderson 1

Citroen missed a trick here. It’s got a similar vibe to the Kia EV6 in terms of design (being a mash of different body styles), but rather than being full electric it’s instead offered with a Diesel and a Hybrid, both of which are being phased out in Europe. Bruh moment right there.

Edit: Misread, no diesel on offer, but still.

04/13/2021 - 14:51 |
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It isn’t going to be offered with diesel engines. Also I’d take a hybrid over an EV any day

04/13/2021 - 15:11 |
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Myrmeko (#CTSquad)

I’m surprised that manufacturers started being creative again in their designs.

04/15/2021 - 11:27 |
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