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Citroen C5

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Citroen C5

The Citroen C5  provides comfort normally associated with luxury cars.

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.0 HDi 90 hp 5.7 l/100km Diesel 14.7 s 180 km/h
2.0 HDi 107 hp 5.6 l/100km Diesel 12.5 s 192 km/h
1.8 16V 116 hp 7.7 l/100km Petrol 12.1 s 196 km/h
2.2 HDi 133 hp 6.3 l/100km Diesel 10.9 s 205 km/h
2.0 16V 136 hp 8.3 l/100km Petrol 10.8 s 208 km/h
2.0 HPi 140 hp 7.6 l/100km Petrol 10.6 s 210 km/h
3.0 V6 207 hp 9.6 l/100km Petrol 8.2 s 240 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 617 mm
Width 1 770 mm
Height 1 467 mm
Wheelbase 2 750 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Weight (normal) 1 365 kg
Weight (max) 1 810 kg
Boot space (min) 456 l
Boot space (max) 1 310 l
Fuel capacity 66 l


   The Citroen C5 is produced since 2001. It is available as a hatchback or estate. In 2004 it received a major facelift.

   Petrol engines start with a 1.8-liter unit, then there's a punchy 2.0-litre, and expensive to own and to run, but powerful 3.0-liter V6 unit. The entry-level 90 hp turbodiesel is underpowered, while another 107 hp diesel is smooth and refined, and has a strong mid-range pull. The 2.2 HDi is a star buy with the best balance of acceleration and fuel economy. Apearently all C5 engines have good manners, but the diesels are the pick.

   The C5 is completed with the Citroen's Hydractive suspension, which is one of the most advanced and smooth-riding suspension systems around, wafting over bumps. This makes it a great cruiser for long motorway journeys. However there is too much body lean going through corners. Steering is short on feedback.

   There is some wind noise at the motorway speed, but the suspension and road noises are absent.

   Running costs for the Citroen C5 are reasonable, but the residual values are weak. The 3.0-liter V6 model is not only expensive to run, but it is worth only third of it's original price after three years. Diesel-powered models keep their value better, but definitely can't match the class leaders.

   The new C5 build quality is better than previous Citroens, but some plastics and trim details are disappointing. Some owners also consider their C5 interior quality as poor.

   The driver's seat has height adjustment and the steering wheel adjusts for both rake and reach. The interior design is distinctive but comfortable. All major controls are logically placed.

   The C5 is very spacious. It's wide body comfortably accommodates five adults. However the roof's slant reduces rear headroom. A big boot is well shaped and has an easy access.

   The Citroen C5 gained maximum 5-star EURO NCAP rating. It has a good standard safety kit, with front, side and curtain airbags, and an airbag to protect driver's knees and shins. Anti-lock brakes are also standard. Furthermore there are front and rear crumple zones. Security kit includes deadlocks and marked parts.

   Even the low trim levels come with plenty of standard prestige goodies. The VTX+ trim adds satellite navigation. Optional equipment includes device that helps prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel by detecting unintentional lane changes when the indicators are not activated. The driver's seat then vibrates on the side corresponding to the line crossed.

   Production of the Citroen C5 still continues. The C5 of the second generation is expected in 2007.


   Advantages: Citroen's clever air-and-gas suspension provides comfort normally associated with luxury cars.

   Disadvantages: Not as well put together as some rivals. The gearchange in manual cars has a notchy action.

   Verdict: Big space, comfort, but some cheap plastics. 

   Also consider: Peugeot 406, Renault Laguna.


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