The “family” genre is protean in the automotive world. If it has long been embodied by the traditional sedan with a trunk, minivans then took over before being replaced today by SUVs. Family SUVs (between 4.40 and 4.70 m) account for almost 25% of new car sales in France and are simply crushing the market. However, nothing forces you to give in to this fashion. Because in addition to a high driving position, which some like, SUVs have a lot of disadvantages. Taller, they are often less comfortable to drive than sedans without necessarily offering more comfort because their running gear is adjusted to maintain safety despite the limitation of their high curb weight. Not to mention a much better habitability because the cabin height remains almost identical to other cars.. To drive or travel while going to work during the week, here are 4 French cars you can’t miss when you don’t want an SUV.
1.Citroën C5 X: long-distance traveller
With its length of 4.81 m, the C5 X is not comfortable in the city. But what does it mean, for this herd of atypical proportions is first cut to track the road. And in this use, it delivers royal suspension comfort thanks to the combination of long travel and shock absorbers with hydraulic stops. already seen on other Chevron models (C4, C5 Aircross). Except here the filtering of coating errors is even more remarkable. Enough to travel long distances, arriving at the stage with a smile, especially since the seats are well designed and the cabin spacious. In short, this C5 X is particularly frequent, although it does not shine with its agility. In the absence of diesel, the great Citroën offers a 225 hp plug-in hybrid variant in the catalogue. Big riders won’t like its demands on the highway once the battery is empty (8.1L). But the appetite of this C5 X is not excessive (7.8 li average), while it offers great usability and decent electric autonomy: 44 km in the city, 38 km on the road. We can also enjoy the C5 X for much less: from €33,900 in 130 hp petrol.
2.Peugeot 508 SW: above all, the elegant estate car
It’s very subjective, but we assume: in our opinion, the 508 SW is even more elegant than the sedan it descends from. It must be said that the lioness prefers style over function. This is evident from the pavilion, which is as slim as it is low (1.42 m) and the frameless cut-out doors, which give it a taste of exclusivity. Everything opens on a refined and still attractive interior, more than three years after its launch.. Only 3 cm longer than the sedan (4.78 m instead of 4.75 m), the SW is hardly more generous for the rear passengers. But at least you don’t have to bend so much to access the back. As for the trunk, the 350 dm3 it offers under the tablet is quite respectable. Behind the small steering wheel, we enjoy the same good road performance as the sedan. The inevitable firmer calibration of the rear axle does not detract from comfort too much. Suffice it to say that it is good to live aboard this charming break, which Peugeot does not sell out: count no less than €39,400 in 130 hp petrol and €41,400 with diesel, also 130 hp. Also available as a 225 hp plug-in hybrid.
3. Renault Mégane Estate: the last representative at Renault
Currently, Renault is hard at work on a full range of SUVs, which will be ready by 2025, and Renault is not even talking about a sedan anymore. Unlike its three-color opponents, Losange does not work on a hybrid silhouette. The Talisman has already left the catalog a few months ago and we have to rely on the Mégane Estate. Certainly less tall than the competitors mentioned here, the Renault station wagon still measures 4.63m and is therefore not clumsy when it comes to inviting people on board.. Like all Renaults, the Mégane has overhauled its range to adopt the new name. It has the advantage of being available in petrol with one of the very pleasant TCe 140 and TCe 160 or a pragmatic BluedCi 115, frugal and available in automatic transmission if necessary. For those who want, there is also a 160 hp plug-in hybrid variant. All these engines are suitable for the Mégane, which despite its age (2016) offers road services that are still up to date.. In contrast to its cabin, which is both a bit austere and dated.
4. DS 9: the only three-tone premium sedan
She is the flagship of DS. Here’s a 4.93m large sedan, including a 2.90m wheelbase, that makes all its passengers travel in business class, the beautiful togetherness to offer comfort and high-quality sound insulation. Rewarding materials and careful workmanship confirm that we are indeed aboard a luxury car. Moreover, it is far from a punishment to get behind the wheel, as the DS 9 is the relaxed type, although the high mass does not make it a ballerina. On the engine side, in addition to petrol, the French company offers rechargeable hybrids, with the latest E-Tense 250 replacing the E-Tense 225. With its battery of 15.6 kWh (previously 11.9), the newcomer goes further in all-electric mode: 49 km in the city against 38.45 km on the highway instead of 35 km. And when its battery is depleted, it is satisfied with 7.7 li average, which is quite reasonable.
Published it 23/07/2022 Up to date 23/07/2022 François Lemaur and the editors