Citroën is desperate to poprtray the C5 is a quality product, Teutonic in style but with the feel and emotion of a French car. It’s a weird-sounding mixture, which, in practice, isn’t without appeal.
The C5 is a class act beneath the skin, taking most of its cues from the excellent (and more expensive) C6. Base versions get the more conventional steel suspension system, but the top-spec VTR+ models get the full Hydractive 3 self-levelling suspension, which works in conjunction with the basic set-up of double wishbones (front) and multi-link (rear) to deliver Citroën’s traditional magic carpet ride quality.
The diesel range consists of a 110bhp 1.6, 158bhp 2.0 and a 237bhp 3.0-litre V6. Petrol is limited to just the 154bhp turbocharged 1.6 motor, which is also the only engine limited to a six-speed manual gearbox. The V6 diesel comes with a six-speed auto as standard, while the big-selling 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels can be had with a six-speed auto as an option instead of the standard manual ’box.
Citroën is especially proud of the C5’s safety achievements, citing a five-star NCAP rating and the option of its lane sensing system, one of the first to be opffered in the UK, as the two major results. Either way, the C5 is clearly one of the safer cars in which to transport your family.