Citroen electric and hybrid car guide: Which one should you get?

Date Posted 21st January 2022
Read Time 4 min read

We’ve gone in depth on Citroen’s legacy and range of petrol and diesel cars in our comprehensive Citroen car range guide, so head there if you want to read about the history of the brand as well as their more famous models such as the C1 and Grand Space Tourer.

With the Citroen E-C4, their first electric car, recently released and new models due to be introduced, this guide takes a look at their burgeoning electric and hybrid range…

Citroen C5 Aircross: Plug-in hybrid

At 4.50m long with a rounded silhouette, the C5 Aircross SUV prides itself on space and comfort. In fact, Citroen claim it is one of the most comfortable vehicles in its segment thanks to innovations such as suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort front seats.

The Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid model distinguishes itself from the petrol and diesel versions of the vehicle by offering a variety of unique stylistic features including electric-blue edging to the front bumper inserts and side airbumps, while stylised ‘H’ logos on the front wings denote its hybrid status.

Paired with a 180hp petrol engine, the 80 kW battery offers an all-electric range of around 30 miles and 32 g/km CO2 emissions. The Citroen hybrid car also has a custom user interface that helps drivers get the most out of the hybrid system by showcasing remaining range and which of three driving modes – Electric, Hybrid and Sport – are in use.

Citroen C5 X: Plug-in hybrid

With prices and specs recently announced for the all-new Citroen C5 X, this plug-in hybrid is the latest to enter the market for the French manufacturer.

Offering petrol and PHEV powertrains, the elegant car merges the best of a saloon status with the practicality of an SUV to offer something relatively unique to car buyers.

C5 X PHEV comes with a 7.4kW single-phase on-board charger as standard, a Mode 3 charging cable with a Type 2 connector, as well as remote temperature pre-conditioning.

Combining a PureTech 180 petrol engine with an 81.2kW electric motor and a 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack, for a combined power output of 225hp and 360Nm of torque, the Citroen hybrid car is capable of up to 34 miles in full-electric mode and emits just 30g/km of CO2.

The Citroen hybrid car also has a custom user interface that helps drivers get the most out of the hybrid system by showcasing remaining range and which of three driving modes – Electric, Hybrid and Sport – are in use.

Sport maximises performance from both the electric motor and the petrol engine, and drivers can also adjust the regenerative braking mode in the C5 X to get every bit of charge out of it and even reserve it for later in the journey.

Citroen e-C4: All-electric

Citroen electric car e-C4

The Citroen C4 is an elegant and dynamic compact hatchback with the robust build of an SUV, and this combination made it the ideal model to kickstart the Citroen electric car experiment.

The e-C4 100% electric offers drivers 217 miles of range, silent driving experience, and three driving modes – Normal to provide a balance between range and performance, Eco to get the most out of your charge, and Sport to make the most of its maximum power and instant torque.

Several intuitive interfaces that are easy to read and use feature on the digital driver’s display, clearly showing the remaining battery charge level and range. It also displays the power indicator and the energy flows.

Charging the 45 kWh Citroen electric car takes just over seven hours using a 7.4kW AC wallcharger, at a rate of 23 miles per hour of charge according to ev-database.uk. This is extended to a mere 26 minutes when using a rapid charger, with Citroen currently offering a free six month subscription to BP Pulse charging network.

Citroen AMI: all-electric

Citroen AMI electric car

Initially a bit of a curio when it was revealed, enough enthusiasm was shown for this funsize car that Citroen announced they would be releasing it in the UK in spring 2022.

Ideal for inner-city driving, the AMI aims to be a modern solution for zero-emission driving. It will arrive with a 5.5kWh battery that offers a range of 46 miles, a top speed of 28mph and recharges in just three hours.

Despite its diminutive stature, a full UK driving license will be required to drive Citroen’s smallest electric car. Somewhat controversially, UK versions of AMI will remain left-hand drive.