Citroen C5 Tourer

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments



Citroen C5 HDi 200 6-speed Tourer Exclusive

General De Gaulle.


As regular readers will know, we at Company Car have a bit of a thing for the old Citroen DS5. Driven by French Presidents & typically Gallic in looks & design, the kind of quirkiness associated with Citroen waned over recent years, although it’s showing a sign of returning & can now be found in small doses on Citroens current DS3 DS4 & DS5, as well as in my recent test car the C5 Tourer. Brands like Citroën have become marginalised in the sector in which the C5 competes, predominantly because of the rise of the Germans. If you can remember back to 2008, Citroen even advertised the then new C5 as a car that was ‘German,’ in it’s looks, feel & quality & were obviously hoping for a little of the German magic to rub off.


The model was updated in 2012 with a number of detail changes. At the bottom of the range, the 1.6-litre diesel was upgraded with slightly more power and slightly lower CO2 emissions. At the top of the range the thirsty 3.0-litre V6 diesel was replaced by a more efficient four-cylinder engine, which was the model I was lucky enough to test.


There’s no doubting that the French styled the C5 to look Germanic, because the C5 Tourer looks an awful lot like the Audi A4 Avant, before Audi ruined it & went & squashed the rear end. Inside there is a nod to the build quality most closely associated with Volkswagen, with some typical French fancy. A tiny glove box because the fuse box has not been moved for right hand drive cars. A fabulous but thoroughly confusing entertainment system where the on off button is so small it’s hard to find, whilst the large more obvious on off button you tend to go for first, just changes the radio channel. The fixed steering wheel centre, which first appeared with the original Citroën C4, is also on the C5 & although easy on the eye you do struggle to turn the wheel with your hand in it because is has a tendency to get caught at the quarter turn.


Being the Exclusive & therefore the top of the range model, my test cars came suitably well equipped, with cruise control, front & rear parking sensors, eMyWay Sat nav, RDS radio/Mp3 CD player with bi tiner, multi speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls, halogen lights, front fogs, auto rain sensitive shoulders, electric heated mirrors, multi function screen with trip computer, radio/time/ext temp/date/messages, Bluetooth, 7 air bags, an automatic parking brake with hill assist, ESP, EBA, ABS with EBD & some nice additions, a Hi Fi pack, rear lateral airbags, metallic paint, & 19 inch Adriatic alloy wheels.


The six-speed auto box was a joy to use & the engine is nice & quiet both around town & especially on the motorway. The car also came with a suspension adjuster, which lowers or highers this as required, which is oh so Citroen of old ! Cruising on the motorway was pleasurable & connecting to the Bluetooth function & taking & receiving calls whilst on the move was seamless. The extra power in the 2.2 unit makes for masterful overtaking as well. Top speed is 140 mph, with a 0-62 mph time of 8.6 seconds. For your accountant doing your tax return, the 2.2 has emissions of 159g/km CO2 with a combined figure of 46.3 mpg, which might sound poor, but please bear in mind that I achieved driving 300 miles 41 mpg & unlike some other ‘claimed’ figures the C5 stacks up really well.


I haven’t mentioned the lovely interior yet. This features top quality heated leather seats which are electrically adjustable, plenty of space in the front & rear & a boot which offers 505 litres of space increasing to a whopping 1,462 litres with the rear seats folded down. It really is very well appointed & I suppose it has to be when it’s up against not only the Germans, but the Mondeo, 508, Insignia & new kids such as the Maxda6. And, with a P11D value close to £30,000, the C5 200 Exclusive is probably not the model you’d go for & I would suggest that it’s well worth looking at the e-HDi 115 Airdream EGS6 with 68.9 mpg on the combined & CO2 emissions of 117g/km & a price tag closer to 23K.


In conclusion, it’s fair to say that the Citroen C5 Tourer is a very god car indeed. It’s good looking, comfortable, very enjoyable to drive, frugal & nicely quirky. And when compared to other cars in it’s class it’s right up there. However, it’s achilles heel is that it’s not German & in brand obsessed Britain this is always going to cost it in the long run.


A Belle & Sebastian 3/5.


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