I reckon the Citroen C5 Aircross was designed by a product developer with a BabyDrive tick list!
So much so that I did, in fact, ask Tyson Bowen who is the PR manager for Peugeot and Citroen in Australia and he said that both he and the product developer have small children and understand the needs of parents and their family vehicles.
This is fantastic because it means they have created a five-seater family car that ticks NEARLY all our BabyDrive boxes!
Tyson did say the only thing they could not get into the C5 Aircross were in-built rear window blinds, which they were a bit disappointed about.
Where do I start? The C5 is packed full of BabyDrive features and even the headrests in the front are easily adjustable so you can wear a ponytail while driving.
The seats have a memory foam layer in them which make them delightfully comfortable to sit in.
The windscreen and front side windows are double glazed which make journeys noticeably quieter in terms of road and wind noise.
The rear seats are the same as in the larger seven-seater Peugeot 5008 which I rated as one of my top seven-seater family cars of 2018 and I can see the Citroen C5 Aircross following in its footsteps to definitely being one of my top five-seater family cars of 2019!
The rear seats are all individual and move, recline and slide independently to each other. Which means… three child seats across! They fit with ease and it is a fantastically easy installation.
Leg room is also good and with rear-facing child seats installed a 182cm driver can fit up front.
The boot space is also excellent in the C5 Aircross and the boot floor drops down about 10cm to give extra depth for fitting all types of strollers in the boot without removing the parcel shelf. Thirteen shopping bags fit in the empty boot and a side-by-side twin stroller fits with five shopping bags.
The C5 Aircross is also a pleasure to drive, it is smooth and quiet, the steering is especially light and the turning circle very small and nimble to manoeuvre in tight spaces and car parks.
The media system is modern and easy to navigate, has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and contains the aircon controls. Everything else is accessed through the paddle buttons on the dash below the screen, like in the Peugeot 5008.
The Citroen C5 Aircross scored a four-star ANCAP safety rating in 2019, scoring 87% for child occupancy protection and 88% for adult occupancy protection, losing points on Vulnerable Road User Protection. The C5 has six airbags as standard.