Citroen C5 Aircross gets new Cat A-friendly 1.2-litre engine

Citroen has introduced a new Cat A-friendly 1.2-litre engine for its C5 Aircross SUV, priced at S$119,999 inclusive of COE


Citroen has introduced a new 1.2-litre engine for its C5 Aircross crossover SUV, and the downsized powerplant, with 129hp and 230Nm of torque, helps it qualify for a Category A COE. The unit replaces the previous version which had a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that produced 180hp and 250Nm of torque.

The new engine also helps the C5 Aircross fall into the A2 band of the Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES), allowing it to net a S$15,000 rebate, while the car also returns an average fuel consumption figure of 4.9L/100km.

The introduction of the new 1.2-litre engine helps to improve the car’s price competitiveness in the market, given the current disparity between COE Categories A and B. The new C5 Aircross 1.2 retails for S$119,999 inclusive of COE, which puts it in the same price bracket as the likes of the Hyundai Venue and Suzuki Ignis.

However, the C5 Aircross is significantly larger in size than those two, given that it shares its platform with its Peugeot stablemate, the 3008. It is more comparable to something like a Hyundai Tucson or Volkswagen Tiguan in terms of dimensions, making it a ‘big car small engine’ value buy. This is evidenced by its 580-litre capacity boot, expandable to 720 litres if the rear seats are pushed forward, and a maximum of 1,630 litres if the seats are folded down.

Most of the features found on the larger-engined car are also found on the 1.2-litre model, including the ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushion’ suspension which Citroen claims gives the car a ‘magic carpet ride’. The 8-inch infotainment touchscreen comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while the car also comes equipped with driver assistance safety systems like lane keeping assist and active safety braking as standard.

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