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Citroen C5 Aircross - Practicality & boot space

Lots of space up front and a decent boot but C5 Aircross isn't generous on rear seat room

By choosing the SUV format for its flagship model, Citroen is bang on trend. The C5 Aircross is more than just trendy, though, and is a thoroughly useful large family car.

The seats are all mounted quite high, which allows a great view out for all on board. Visibility is particularly impressive for the driver, who also benefits from large exterior mirrors. Maneuverability is a strong-suit, too – the Aircross has a surprisingly tight turning circle, and the steering is light, making it easy to thread through packed urban streets.

Citroen C5 Aircross interior space & storage

Those in the front of the C5 Aircross enjoy lots of space to stretch out and very generous headroom, and the driver won't feel too hemmed in by the controls. The electrically adjustable driving seat that's standard on some trims makes it easier to find a comfortable driving position.

There's a generous array of storage areas, including a central, chilled bin that's handy for keeping drinks cool on a long journey. There are useful cubby holes distributed throughout the interior.

The decision to fit three identical, individual rear seats appears to make the second row just as inviting as the first, but the default position of these seats leaves surprisingly little legroom. Headroom is restricted when the panoramic glass roof is fitted too.

Good news is that the C5 Aircross really is a genuine five-seater, with a centre rear seat that's unencumbered by a floor hump so occupants have somewhere to put their feet.

Boot space

With rear legroom a little on the tight side, it seems a little strange that Citroen should provide the option of sliding the rear seats forwards to free up extra boot space. With an already generous 580 litres of luggage capacity available with the seats in their default position, the option to slide the seats backwards would be rather more worthwhile.

Nevertheless, if you do slide the seats fully forward, boot space increases to 780 litres in the regular models and 600 litres for the PHEV. If you fold the seats down entirely – a somewhat fiddly task – there's 1,630 litres at your disposal. The boot floor is flat and the tailgate opens high, with a wide aperture to make it easy to load heavy items. Shine Plus models have an electric tailgate that opens when you make a foot-waggling gesture below the rear bumper.

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