Citroen’s New Look C5 has now arrived in the UK, ushering in a new corporate look.
The new C5 is available in both hatchback and estate forms, and every model in the range comes with seven airbags, ESP with traction control, an alarm and fully automatic air conditioning.
New technological advances make their first appearance, such as Citroen’s Lane Departure Warning System, designed to help prevent accidents caused by tiredness. The system uses sensors to alert the driver, via vibrating mechanisms in the driver’s seat, if the car begins to drift across lanes unintentionally.
Citroen pioneered the use of swivelling headlamps in the DS, and the New Look C5 now brings the technology up to date with Xenon Dual Function Directional Headlamps that help eliminate corner blackspots. There’s also a speed limiter, designed to prevent the driver from unintentionally breaking any speed limit.
Front parking sensors now appear for the first time in the C5 range. This system, which complements the rear parking sensors, now provides both audible and visual warnings via the speakers and central digital display. Further advanced features such as automatic headlamps, rain-sensitive wipers, a low tyre pressure warning and a multi-function trip computer are also available.
The front of the C5 has been completely revamped to feature the French manufacturer’s new corporate face that has already been previewed on the C-Airlounge and C-Airdeam concepts as well as the new C4. This includes a new sculpted bonnet, now in aluminium, a striking front grille, boomerang style headlamps and a new chin spoiler with integrated foglamps.
The rear end of the hatchback models has also evolved and shows off boomerang style rear lamp clusters to match the front, while the longer front and rear overhangs and slightly lowered suspension contribute to a more balanced and profile.
Inside, the dashboard and centre console have also been revised to offer enhanced levels of refinement and ergonomics. There are new-style instruments and a new centre console housing the hi-fi and air conditioning systems, whilst a leather steering wheel is now standard.
The new C5 incorporates substantial developments aimed at improving refinement and reducing cabin noise with, for example, the availability of laminated acoustic side windows, combining with improved insulation and soundproofing.
Citroen’s sophisticated Hydractive suspension system has been upgraded for the new C5. In addition to lowering the car at speed for improved stability and better fuel consumption the system is able to adapt to prevailing road conditions, while on certain versions a ‘Sport’ mode allows a more dynamic driving style.
The C5 comes with seven airbags and ESP with traction control as standard, while a new steering column airbag protects the driver’s knees and shins in the event of an impact.
Half of the six petrol and diesel engines are new to the C5 range: two latest generation common rail diesel units – the 110hp 1.6HDi and 138hp 2.0HDi – that offer around 50mpg fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, as well as a 143hp 2.0i 16V petrol powerplant. In addition, a new six-speed automatic gearbox makes its first appearance, mated to the 3.0i V6 petrol unit, while a six-speed manual is fitted to the new 2.0HDi.
Available in a choice of LX, VTR and Exclusive trims, recommended retail prices for the New Look C5 range start from £14,795 for the 1.8i 16V LX hatchback. Among the list of options, buyers are able to select heated, leather seats, a colour satellite navigation system and electric sunroof.