Despite the large dimensions (4.78m long, 1.86m wide and 1.45m tall) the new C5 showcases a dynamic design characterized by a sleek and sporty profile, accented by the clearly marked waistline and the arching roofline.
Compared to its predecessor, the new car has lost the “classic sedan” look in favour of a more attracting and modern coupe-like appearance, which shows some similarities with the latest generation German tourers.
The dynamic look is achieved by adopting a long wheelbase (2.82 meters, +7 cm compared to the previous C5), wide tracks and generously-sized tires.
The outcoming Citroen C5
In addition to this, sporty design elements include the high waistline, strongly marked wheel arches, hood ribs and side lower surfaces that hint at the presence of skirts.
The front end has large air intakes and long incisive headlamps, which are positioned on the hood and flank the large chrome chevrons.
The rear end design is defined by the two-part boomerang lights and the concave rear window, typical of Citroën’s large road tourers.
Compared to the Saloon, the new C5 Estate has slightly larger dimensions (4.83m long, 1.86m wide and 1.48m tall), but the the additional volume has little impact on the overall lines.
The result is that for the New C5 Estate the difference from the outcoming wagon version is even more evident.
The steering wheel has a fixed-centred hub with membrane-covered controls which include driving controls (speed limiter/cruise control) and comfort functions (radio, telephone, central
screen controls, etc.), all of which are within easy reach of the driver.
In addition to this, the fixed central hub ensures that the airbag always deploys at the right angle in the event of
impact for improved driver protection.
The instrument cluster has three dials with annular needles that run around the dial for greater legibility.
This enabled to install a large display unit in the centre of each dial. The central dial is dedicated to the analogue speedometer, while the screen shows information from the
The left-hand dial displays the fuel level and speed limiter/cruise control data, while the
right-hand dial shows the rev counter and, depending on the versions, the current mode or speed on the
A central screen displays a range comfort information to all passengers, while the entertainment system features a new-generation NaviDrive system, which combines a 7-inch 16/9
screen with a built-in GSM telephone, audio system (radio, MP3-CD player, 10 Gb hard disk) and GPS navigation.
Passengers comfort is increased by the absence of the center tunnel and by the wide range of available seat regulations.
Solutions aimed at improving the acoustic comfort include acoustic barriers on the body and door surrounds, an acoustic windscreen, laminated side windows, reinforced absorbent body and roof linings, and damped mountings.
The range of available engines includes three gasoline units (127bhp 1.8i 16V, 143bhp 2.0i 16V and 215 bhp DIN 3.0i V6) and four diesel units (HDi 110, HDi 138, HDi 173 and HDi V6 208), that can be coupled to a selection of manual or automatic gearboxes.
The new C5 offers a choice between the Hydractive 3 Plus suspension or the sportier
metallic suspension, which adopts a double wishbone layout at the front and multilink set-up at
the rear. Both are based on the running gear of the C6 executive saloon.
Among the active safety systems are Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Braking Assistance, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and the AFS (Adaptive Front Lighting System), combined with Xenon dual-function directional headlamps.