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Citroën C5

The spacious, comfortable Citroen C5 makes an interesting and off-beat Mondeo rival

23 September 2009

What is it?

Citroën’s top-of-the-range Exclusive trim Tourer fitted with a new 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine. Until now, the most potent engine in Citroën’s current C5 line-up was the 205bhp 2.7-litre V6 diesel available in the Exclusive spec saloon and estate.

That unit has now been replaced with a newer, cleaner, more powerful 3.0-litre unit. It’s not the first time we’ve sampled this motor. The same engine, in either 237bhp or 271bhp form can, or soon will, be found in XF and XJ Jags and the Land Rover Discovery. The C5 gets the engine in 237bhp, 332lb ft form.

What’s it like?

The new engine suits the Tourer exceptionally well. With a 1763kg kerb weight to propel it doesn’t set the world alight but 8.2sec to 60mph isn’t shabby and a claimed top speed of 150mph should be enough for most people

It’s on the motorway and open road where the V6 excels. This is an impressively quiet and refined unit and, mated to a smooth six-speed auto box, makes for an excellent motorway cruiser. An easily achieved 35mpg and CO2 emissions of 195g/km are both quite acceptable for such a strong performer.

Aside from some minor detail changes to the dash design, the C5 is familiar territory. That means handsome looks, a quality interior and decent load space, but rear passengers can suffer for leg room.

The Hydractive 3+ suspension still defines the Citroën’s character and ensures a relaxing drive, although the 19-inch alloys fitted as an option to our test car noticeably compromised the otherwise supple, loping ride.

Should I buy one?

Possibly. The C5 Tourer 3.0 V6 Exclusive is a cracking car and easy to like, but the sticking point is money. Even the basic £28,295 for the V6-equipped Tourer is a lot to ask given the Citroën’s poor residual values.

But the £34,430 for our exceptionally well-equipped test car is into BMW 330D Tourer territory, although the two are very different in character and unlikely to find themselves on the same shopping list. If you want a powerful, relaxed estate, and you haven’t baulked at the price, then the C5 Tourer’s cosseting charm may appeal.

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25 September 2009

237 bhp, front wheel drive, hhmmmm

25 September 2009

An opportunity to lose £15,000 in 12 months.

25 September 2009

[quote Velvet Munchkin]An opportunity to lose £15,000 in 12 months.[/quote]

It'll be a good time to buy one then, nioot that you'll find any, only ex demo's that dealers have been made to register.

25 September 2009

Quite so. If anyone does decide to sacrifice their financial well-being by buying a new one though, I could find it an interesting used purchase at, say, 18 months old, 20K off new price

25 September 2009

In many ways i am very impressed with this, and yet there is still a thought that its all too much. Why is it so heavy? But because it is, you need this huge engine to move it, and end up with 35 mpg. And 0-60 in just over 8 seconds. 10 years ago a car of this type would have been 300 to 400 kg lighter. And needed a smaller engine, and still managed decent performance and economy. i have no doubt that this is a wonderful engine, but you shouldnt need it in a car this size.

And although some of the depreciation predictions are a bit extreme, yes it will make a very nice second hand buy, although i think the C6 with this engine would appeal even more

25 September 2009

A used, well-specced Superb Estate will be the better buy come Spring 2011.

25 September 2009

[quote elsol]237 bhp, front wheel drive, hhmmmm[/quote]

332lb ft of diesel torque and front wheel drive... Double Hmmmm

25 September 2009

This would have to be the best looking wagon possible ever? Citroen havent allways been the best at designing cars (last gen c5 anyone?) but this is definately a winner.

25 September 2009

It's a fine looking car and I would assume it's roomy, refined and smooth but 1763KGs is way too much (weigh too much geddit?........ LoL .................................sorry)

25 September 2009

Why compare it to a 330d? Surely a 525d would be a fairer comparison? Though neither have the presence of a CX Safari when that was new. I remember Ken Loach turning up in a CX and thinking nice wheels.

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