The Citroen C5 is looking quite fresh since its recent restyle that added softer double-chevron badges and a more flowing style for the company’s executive flagship from nose to tail.
The revisions really work: this car barely seems the same as the dowdy original model that launched for 2008. In fact, the two cars share a great deal of their styling and body panels, but tasteful new detailing is much better than the deep black sills and bumpers that cheapened the appearance of the original Citroen .
Reading reviews in international magazines is always interesting, but not quite as informative as it could be with all the measurements in metric. For most American enthusiasts, reading the horsepower in ‘kW’ and torque in ‘Nm’ might as well be meaningless.
This review of the C5 corrects those gaps in our collective ability to convert number formats, and will also be unique because it evaluates the C5 based on U.S. buyer preferences. With pricing for the C5 that converts to about $40,000, this Citroen is a mid-size luxury car.
To what lengths will you go to when you’re extremely low in sobriety and you’re just looking to do something that will get attention? For the driver of this Citroen C5 , that question comes with an answer that a lot of us would never even dream of pulling off.
After being cautioned by a Serbian police officer to err on the side of reason after already driving on the opposite side of the road, the intoxicated driver ended up deciding that driving on the wrong side of the road wasn’t fun enough. So, he took it up a notch and drove his car across the steps that lead to the entrance of the Serbian parliamentary building and parked his car on the other side of the parking lot. And as if what he did was something out of the ordinary, he got out of the car, locked it, and made a phone call!
Maybe he wanted to tell whoever it was on the other end of the line about his merry exploits, an exploit, we believe, will end with him in cuffs and a night behind bars.
The new generation Citroen C5 comes with stronger personality, a more aggressive and sporty design, new engine line-up and improved dynamic performances. Starting at a price from 21500 euro, the new Citroen C5 competes with models like Ford Mondeo or Renault Laguna.
The new C5 is being offered in three trim levels – SX, VTR+ and Exclusive and with a choice of six engine options from launch – four diesels with outputs ranging from 110bhp to 208bhp, and petrol units with 127bhp and 143bhp.
The new C5 offers a choice between two types of suspension: Hydractive 3 Plus suspension or metallic suspension. Both are based on the running gear of the C6 executive saloon.
Although it looks a bit weird for a German tuner to modify a French vehicle, this didn’t stop Musketier to unveil its new customization programme for the 2008 Citroen C5 . The new kit consists in a front lip spoiler, new side skirts and a rear lip spoiler with integrated exhaust system.
In order to improve the stability of the vehicle the tuner added a new suspension system which lowers the car with up to 35 mm. Also a new set of 20 inch wheels was added. Under the hood the 2.2 HDI engine received a power boost of 37 hp, developing now 201 hp while the 2.7 V6 engine was boosted to 240 hp.
H&R the well-known sport springs manufacturer, unveiled its new suspension upgrade kit for the 2008 Citroen C5 . Lowered with 35 millimeters, the vehicle delivers better road handling while keeping the same comfort. For those who want even better handling for their car H&R can also improve the chassis of the car. Of course, all the H&R components are approved by the German TUV. More photos after the jump!
At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, open to the public between 6 and 16 March, Citroën is unveiling two new models: the C5 Tourer and the New Berlingo. The C5 Tourer is a variation on the new C5, combining style, space, functional design and performance, while the New Berlingo is an ultra-functional family car.
The C5 estate boasts elegant and dynamic exterior styling, with a stylish front end identical to that of the saloon and a rear end of determined, powerful appearance. The body style reveals a strong identity and real versatility.
The flowing profile of the C5 estate expresses a perfect balance. The vehicle is 4.83m long, 1.86m wide and 1.48m tall. The proportions are generous but the additional volume has no impact on the overall lines. Reflecting the sculpted design of the saloon, the rear end features geometric shapes that suggest width and convenience from a horizontal perspective, while maintaining an elegant and dynamic appearance. The new C5 estate expresses values that will appeal to customers looking for modern concepts tailored to their lifestyles.
Citroen announced that it will use BMW engines on its new models. Naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines will be employed which displace 1.4 to 1.6 liters.
Sister company Peugeot is already employing BMW engines to power its 207 and 308 models. Although the Citroen models which will use the engines are unknown, WhatCar? claims that the Citroen C5 will be the first car to roll out with the new engine before 2010.
Citroen will benefit from BMW’s EfficientDynamics engine stop-start technology which increases fuel efficiency and engine life. The manufacturer plans to equip all its cars with this technology in the near future.