What is it?
As you’ll no doubt have worked out from the pictures, this is the Citroën C5 Tourer. Cavernous estate models have always been a big part of the quirky Citroën appeal (think CX, BX and XM), especially with hydro-pneumatic suspension systems eliminating the need for suspension intrusion into the rear cabin.
Recently, after several years in a wilderness of mundane design and mediocrity (think Xantia and old C5), Citroën has returned to its old, more interesting and innovative ways with cars like the C4 and new C5 saloon.
What’s it like?
In the C5 Tourer, this innovative design approach manifests itself in some very clever design touches for the load bay. Along with the advantages of self-levelling suspension, the higher-spec versions of the Tourer also get a button in the boot that raises or lowers the rear suspension to aid loading.
Another particularly smart trick is the optional powered boot lid. There are other estates that do this, but where the C5 really scores is that you can ‘teach’ the hatch to stop at a specified point. Useful if you need to load or unload something in a restricted space.
Citroën covers the more conventional practicalities of a large estate, too.