Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV: Everything the Israeli family needs

If I had a family living in a private home in the suburbs, a father of three children (an important section to follow), a decent home type, not too adventurous and certainly not a jerk, there is a good chance I would buy a rechargeable Citroen C5 Aircross hybrid because it has a winning argument. Every time I get to the vehicle being examined, one of the first things I do is sit in the back, right in the middle. I imagine myself as a child, probably the youngest in the family, on the way to a summer vacation in a B&B in the Galilee. Two and a half hours of driving pass them by with a gloomy calf look. Your big brothers are crushing you on both sides, pinching, slapping, while you are crammed, sweating, dying to get a license already, just 11 more years to maniac.

Few family vehicles provide three comfortable seats in the back row. No problem, take the ones that are most considered, pampering, even there you will find that they usually take care of four passengers. The fifth on their part to ride the bus, hitchhike, lie down in the trunk or squeeze in the middle and suffer quietly. Even so, he was not in the planning. Here in the Citroen C5 there are three separate seats, each of which can move up to 15 cm on a rail to increase the space or reduce it as needed. A perfect way to say goodbye to your brother the Menges, and not necessarily in coalition agreements.

I know a friend who went through dozens of vehicles, inspected them, touched them carefully – until he found one suitable for his extended family and he too was stopped in a Citroen, only in an older model. This time, when I brought him to a meeting with the new customer, his eyes awoke, like one who had seen the Promised Land, or rather like one who had fantasized what the next long journey would look like.

Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)
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The C5 is not a cool car or has sporty features, but it is comfortable by any definition in the dictionary. Spaces are not lacking for the front and rear seats thanks to a generous wheelbase of 273 cm. The trunk can hold 460 – 600 liters, and it depends of course on the rear row occupants, how much they will be willing to sacrifice in favor of the equipment, because as we said, their seats can be moved.

There is quite a bit of French chic here and, among other things, thought of the small details. The multimedia screen, for example, displays contemporary, playful graphics, and no shortage of instrumentation. Button propulsion, mobile charging pad, rear air vents, front seat heating, 19-inch rims. A huge panoramic roof, but unfortunately one over which a curtain is installed rather than a hard cover. I say this because in the scorching summer sun it may turn out to be a disadvantage.

The said vehicle is claimed, and is in fact a first Swallow of Citroen heralding the launch of the brand’s electric line, which is expected to be completed by 2025. It is in fact a vehicle that combines two engines. There is a turbo-petrol engine with a volume of 1,600 cc, with a power of 180 hp, and an electric motor that is installed at the front and has an output of 110 hp, and the combined power of the two stands at 225 hp.

Again, the advantage of such a vehicle is that at least on paper, fully charged, it is able to go 61 miles until the petrol engine is forced to join. In practice, the distance depends quite a bit on the level of the driver’s foot pressure on the pedal. This still means that someone whose workplace is not too far from home will hardly enter the gas station, and in the above vehicle the electrical energy can be saved for a later stage of the trip and not wasted immediately at the beginning. This is an important card especially for wasteful urban travel. , Or the entire range – and start right away with gasoline.

Yes, according to the manufacturer the vehicle can in certain situations of economical and combined driving go 71.4 kilometers per liter of gasoline. I was content on the test days with a liter for every 12 kilometers, but as mentioned this is driving that does not reflect the gray daily life.

Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)

If we talked about comfort, then the electric ride was definitely recorded as calm both because of the lack of a petrol engine, but also thanks to a system of progressive hydraulic shock absorbers, called by Citroen captains the “flying carpet” and aimed to suppress any sudden bump or threatening road hazard.

I must admit that the suspensions are light, smooth, there are many moments when the enjoyment of the ride is almost perfect, but it is also impossible to ignore the fact that the vehicle is 345 kilos heavier than the petrol version because of the addition that the electric propulsion brings. Therefore one can still feel here and there the depth of the ignorance.

Overall, there are no complaints about the quality of the ride. Noise isolation is effective, the dampers help. When the vehicle is cruising, and for that purpose it is built, it works wonderfully also thanks to a new gearbox from Beit Aisin. Power is not lacking, and the acceleration is absolutely impressive, with 8.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, just do not challenge or strain it. This is not the next car that will glorify Cristiano Ronaldo’s parking, and has nothing to do with sportiness other than “sport” driving mode.

As with any home-style vehicle, the C5 in its rechargeable version enjoys all the innovations in the field of safety and receives a high score of 7: adaptive cruise control that is already active from 0 km / h, maintaining the middle of the lane and autonomous braking when needed. Citroen C5 Aircross In the comfort section, especially because of the three rear seats, but as a vehicle, as a style, even within the Lubinski Group, the importer, if I had to choose between rechargeable vehicles, I would probably go for the Peugeot 3008. In the weighted score, in my opinion at least, there is still no competition. With the third passenger, you ask, the one who is crammed and suffers from behind? At most a window opens for him. 

Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV (Photo: Ronen Topelberg)

Spare wheels

This week, a mobility device company launched the Suzuki Vitara (pictured below) and the Suzuki Crossover in a lightweight V48 hybrid version, thus signing all Suzuki models in the country, except the Rebellious Jimny, which comes with a system that helps save fuel and reduce pollutants. At the same time, the regular gasoline models of the new immigrants will continue to be sold. Although it is not a full hybrid car, the Japanese manufacturer says that the new models have achieved a 17% saving in fuel consumption, compared to the gasoline models, and the green score of the two has also improved and now stands at 4, compared to 8 of their gasoline brothers. The price of the upgraded Vitara will start at NIS 137,000, and the crossover will start at NIS 135,000.

Suzuki (Photo: PR Suzuki)Suzuki (Photo: PR Suzuki)

Last week, the Eiffel Tower, the undisputed symbol of Paris, was illuminated by a green light produced from energy that is a product of Toyota’s fuel cell technology. The spectacular event symbolizes the use of carbon-free energy. The green light in the Eiffel was produced by a special generator developed by a European start-up company in which Toyota invests and partners. It was actually used to propel the Toyota fuel cell system using hydrogen. Already six years ago, Toyota set a goal of reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050, when they launched the Mirai, the first vehicle that uses fuel cell technology and is aimed at public transportation.

A little more environment. The car giant Mercedes-Benz has announced that from 2025 it will use green steel, in order to reduce the carbon footprint. The announcement comes after the signing of an agreement between the carmaker and a Swedish start-up company that develops the steel. Mercedes-Benz has already announced that it is interested in producing vehicles without CO2 involvement by 2039, thus 11 years ahead of EU requirements.

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