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Order book opens on Citroen C5 X

You can consider the eye-catching new Citroen C5 X as something of a ‘greatest hits’ - a vehicle that takes all the best bits from the design of a saloon, SUV and estate,  and melds them together. 

And with stylish lines, up to 545 litres of boot space and the option of a plug-in hybrid powertrain up for grabs, there’s every reason to lease one now that order books have been thrown open.

Let’s start with the way it looks - because this is now the ‘flagship’ of the Citroen range and the C5 X is carrying a lot of weight on its shoulders.

A rival to the likes of the Ford Kuga, Peugeot 508 and the Skoda Octavia estate, the C5 X sits ahead of the C4 crossover and C5 Aircross SUV in the Citroen pecking order.

It also attempts to offer the best of all worlds - the elegance of a saloon, the raised ride height of an SUV, and the cavernous luggage space of an estate.

It’s also been created with the old Citroen ‘CX’ in mind, a car which won plaudits for its styling and which sold plenty between 1974 and 1991.

And one of the key things about the C5 X is that Citroen is confident it’s one of the comfiest family cars on the market.

That’s not just down to the sumptuous seats and large amounts of leg room in the interior, it’s also due to the ‘Advanced Comfort’ active suspension system.

Here the ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ are continually working hard to create a sense of the C5 X gliding across the surface of the road, no matter how cratered by potholes it might be. As the roads break up further during winter, a cosseting experience for your lower back and posterior might be welcome indeed.

Meanwhile you can also adjust the suspension to make it sharper, giving you greater control and precision when cornering.

Adding to the levels of passenger comfort are laminated front and rear windows, which help to soften the sounds of road whir and wind noise coming from outside.

A Citroen spokesperson explains: 

“Citroen UK has today opened its order books for New C5 X – the brand’s new flagship with a bold crossover design. New Citroen C5 X cleverly combines the modernity and appeal of an SUV, the elegance and status of a saloon, and the versatility and practicality of a station wagon.”

There are three trim levels up for grabs - ‘Sense Plus’, ‘Shine’ and ‘Shine Plus’. And the great news here is that you can opt for the plug-in hybrid powertrain with any of them.

The PHEV is called ‘225 e-EAT8’, and combines a 1.6-litre PureTech 180 petrol engine with a 81.2kW electric motor and a 12.4kWh Lithium-ion battery pack, for a combined power output of 225hp and 360Nm of torque.

It’s capable of ferrying you up to 34 miles in full-electric mode, and because it emits just 30g/km of CO2, company car lease customers can expect an ultra low 11% Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax bracket.

Besides the PHEV, you can opt for the standalone 1.6-litre PureTech 180 engine or a smaller 1.2-litre PureTech 130 unit. And whatever you choose, all models feature a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Base ‘Sense Plus’ versions get a ton of equipment as standard, including 19 inch alloys, LED headlights, a 10 inch infotainment touchscreen with 3D sat nav, wireless phone mirroring, as well as front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

The ‘Shine’ models add chrome trim on the exterior and an uprated interior, complete with heated steering wheel, ambient lighting and a larger 12 inch touchscreen. The Shine also enjoys a ‘Radar Controlled Active Safety Brake’ system, boosting safety.

Meanwhile a range-topping ‘Shine Plus’ C5 X lease will bring you extra tinted windows, heated leather seats, a motorised tailgate and a 360-degree reversing camera.

Prices start from £26,490 but lease deal would translate that to a much more pleasing monthly sum. The first customer deliveries are expected late spring 2022.

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