C5 doesn’t come with petrol engines but a varied number of diesel engines. The best among all the entry-level engines which we find to be performing well enough with pretty good emissions vis the 113bhp 1.6-litre engine. The better performers in higher range are 2.0-litre 161bhp engine and 2.2-lire 201bhp engine. The 2.2-litre engine has an automatic gearbox and the 1.6 and 2.0-litre engines have an availability of optional autos, though they are not really required.
C5 comes with different yet useful options of two different suspension systems. High range Exclusive cars consist of a hydropneumatic arrangement which is a conventional feature of Citroen. Funnily, the more easily and cheaply found steel springs as suspension in low range cars gives a better ride than the exclusive and high-range hydropneumatic suspension which creates jitters and discomfort over potholes and uneven roads. It also loses a little body control at bends. Coming to the steering, it works great with perfect grip.
The top-spec C5 cars are amazingly quiet due to the laminated side glass to prevent the wind noise. However, the lower range models are not that quiet yet making you feel the difference between the inner world and the outer world greatly. The engine and the suspension works in great harmony to hush the noise-makers.
C5 is available in various discounts but lacks in the resale value. The least CO2 emissions come by the 1.6 e-HDi version.
C5 saloon works wonders in mishappenings and accidents as it has stability control and seven airbags with an optional rear side airbags. All the ranges have cornering light and headlights that automatically turn with the front wheels. The security features are excellent with top-spec models’ laminated windows heard to break.
The interior consists of many little switches and buttons with confusing information written about them. The C5 is pretty spacious at the back with a concave rear window providing with a spacious boot and flat-folding rear seats. There is enough head and legroom and people over six feet tall only might have problem.
Entry-level VTR models have air conditioning and cruise control. VTR+ adds to alloy wheels, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and USB to them. Finally, Exclusive trim consists of extra parking sensors, electric front seat adjustment and the hydropneumatic suspension. Overall, C5 excels in the department of equipment.
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