Is it a sedan, a hatchback, a wagon, a coupe or an SUV? Well, the first-generation Citroen C5 X might just check every single box, as this is a mid-sizer with a difference.
Yep, the C5 is back, but not as you know it. Firstly, it’s been rechristened C5 X, with the ‘X’ a nod to its segment-busting versality. After all, this is a car that not only doesn’t like moulds, but knows how to break one or two.
While the Subaru Outback, Skoda Octavia Scout and Volkswagen Passat Alltrack come closest, the C5 X goes it alone with its unique body-style and striking exterior design, which is based on the CXperience concept from the 2016 Paris motor show.
Inside, the C5 X gets a 12.0-inch touchscreen powered by Citroen’s latest multimedia system. An extended head-up display is also projected onto the windshield, while a digital instrument cluster is also fitted.
With comfort in mind, the C5 X also comes with Advanced Comfort front seats and suspension, with an active version of the latter available with three modes for the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions.
For reference, the C5 X measures 4805mm long (with a 2785mm wheelbase), 1865mm wide and 1485mm tall. Cargo capacity is 545L, but it can be increased to 1640L by stowing the rear bench.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and surround-view cameras, among others.
Among the powertrain options is a plug-in hybrid, which has a system power output of 165kW and delivers more than 50km of electric-only driving range.
In a statement, Citroen Australia said it “is working closely with the factory regarding evaluating the new Citroen C5 X for local introduction”, so there’s a chance it will join the related Peugeot 508 in showrooms here. Stay tuned.