Review of Citroen C5 V6
Recently with the largest model of the Citroen family – currently – the model leaves a rather empty feeling. An impression that it should be enjoyed more.
At a price of $ 55,990, the C5 V6 is playing in a fairly demanding football field.
The shopper with that green tree in the back pocket has an extensive menu to choose from.
The 3.5-liter Chrysler 3.5-liter 300C, Holden’s Statesman 3.6-liter, Ford’s Fairlane Ghia 4.0-liter, Peugeot’s 3.0-liter 407 and Volvo’s AWD S40 turbo are just some examples of those there or there.
What the C5 offers – aside from its Gallic personality – is a prestigious claim to being the “safest” vehicle on the road.
What it really has is the highest safety point ever given by boffins at the EuroNCAP incident testing center. Citroen C5 actually scored 36 unmatched points out of 37 possible points.
Even better, it managed a score of 100 percent on the impact test ahead.
What really impressed the NCAP boys was that the C5 passenger cell protected all residents with an impressive side impact protection system, warning lights for the rear as well as front seat belts, Dual turbochargers on the front passenger straps and knee airbags.
In short, this means that when the big accident occurs, you will be allowed to have a momentary smug smile because you chose to spend your hardship on C5.
However, NCAP engineers only crash – they don’t have to drive or live with them every day. In C5, there are many neat individual aspects – it’s just a whole lot of opt-out. The design is … in French. The long overhang and the bonnet extend far enough into the distance to intimidate first-time drivers in tight parking lots. However, it pleases the eye.
The interior of the cabin is spacious with a clear and easy-to-read instrument display. The seats are comfortable that are not outstanding and most ergonomics are at the better end of the French scale.
There are also plenty of nooks and crannies to store / hide the growing list of small items you bring into your car.
The main exception to ergonomics is the driver’s footrest, which is narrow and fits neatly in the central tunnel.
Using multifunctional trunks mounted on the steering column also requires a degree of training and concentration but they work well and, as the owner, the use will become more instinctive over time. Powering the most advanced C5 is the 3.0-liter V6 Citroen with development partner Peugeot.
With 155kW available at the maximum 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 290 Nm when touched at 3750 rpm, the output at the best average. Around the city, motives for a sense of relaxation. The six-speed auto does best with well-organized ratios but quick repositioning in slow traffic to take advantage of consolidation opportunities is not a forte.
As a highway cruiser, C5 completely takes on another character. Steering feel, lightness at low speed, unique weight; Hydractive suspension intelligently reads the pavement and speed for a sportier damping response and the C5 becomes an easy journey; In this environment, the six-speed movement feels completely at home.
Unfortunately, Hydractive’s ability to lower the vehicle to 15mm on freeways is only available within Australia’s speed limit of 110km / h. Overall, the impression is that in C5 there is something worth knowing, but one thing is absolutely certain that it will take a lot of work.