Citroen C5 X and C5 Aircross PHEVs gain extra electric range for 2022

Revised battery technology has unlocked more pure-electric range for Citroen’s flagship plug-in hybrids

Citroen has introduced minor powertrain upgrades and optimisations for its C5 X and C5 Aircross plug-in hybrids for 2022, which it claims increases the electric range of both models while reducing CO2 emissions. 

The C5 Aircross is the firm's largest SUV, and in PHEV guise, utilises a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine assisted by an electric motor to provide 222bhp. For 2022, Citroen has replaced the car's 13.2kWh battery with a 14.2kWh unit, increasing electric range to a WLTP-certified 41 miles – up from 33 miles. In EV mode, the C5 Aircross can cruise at speeds of up to 84mph.

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Thanks to the bigger battery, CO2 emissions have also been fractionally cut from 32g/km to 29g/km. More significant, however, is that the C5 Aircross’s improved pure-electric range reduces the car’s benefit-in-kind tax rate for company car buyers. The SUV now sits in the 8% BiK bracket, rather than the 12% band.

The C5 X is Citroen's flagship model, and it too is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor for a combined 222bhp. However, unlike its SUV relative, the C5 X hasn't received a bigger battery – the 13.2kWh pack remains, but an improved minimum charge threshold has afforded more range from the same hardware. 

The fastback crossover now offers an extra 8 miles for a WLTP-tested range of 39 miles, and up to 83mph can be achieved in pure-electric mode. However, the C5 X PHEV misses out on the 40-mile minimum range figure needed to drop into the 8% BIK tax band. 

Even so, CO2 emissions have dropped to 27g/km, and both the C5 X and C5 Aircross can be fully recharged in less than two hours using a 7.4kW charger. Customers can order the C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid for a starting price of £35,935, with the C5 X starting from £785 more as the most expensive model in Citroen’s lineup. 

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