The attractive styling is exemplified by the instrument panel design, where aviation-inspired annular needles run around each of the dials, allowing an electronic display unit to be integrated in the centre of each, providing the driver with further visual information. The aircraft theme also continues with the overhead warning lights.
The new C5 is offered in a choice of three trim levels - SX, VTR+ and Exclusive and, typically for a Citroen, the C5 is extremely well specified. Cruise control and a speed limiter are fitted as standard, whilst most versions are equipped with an automatic electric parking-brake and hill-start assist. For ease of parking and pedestrian safety, the C5 is also available with front and rear parking sensors, as well as a parking gap assistance system.
With the C5 comes the extension of Citroen’s class leading technology, such as the Company’s second generation fixed-centred controls steering wheel, which puts many of the car’s main functions, including cruise control, audio and telephone, right at the driver’s finger tips. The aesthetic and ergonomic design of the wheel allows for easy access to the tactile, membrane-covered controls, ensuring focus can be maintained on the road ahead.
The model can also be specified with Citroen’s new-generation NaviDrive system, featuring a 7-inch colour central display screen and voice activation of the built-in GSM telephone, audio system and satellite navigation.
Large Citroens are well known for providing the highest standards of occupant comfort, and the new C5 is no different, with special attention having been paid to the acoustics, suspension and seating.
The C5 features class-leading levels of soundproofing for total onboard comfort. Unlike other cars in the segment, it boasts multiple door seals, an acoustic windscreen for noise reduction and laminated side windows, which not only dampen noise, but also make the C5 one of the most secure cars on the market.
To work away the stresses of a busy day at the office and help drivers to relax on their way home, a seat back massage function is available, also ideal for business users and those toiling along ‘A’ roads - drivers are literally seated in the lap of luxury.
Offering the optimum mix of comfort and dynamics, the C5 has been developed with a choice of two suspension set-ups based on the running gear of the ultra-smooth C6 executive saloon, with double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension.
Of particular interest to the fleet and user-chooser market, the conventional spring suspension strikes an excellent balance between practicality, driving pleasure and robust road-holding; whilst Citroen’s highly acclaimed Hydractive self-levelling suspension adds additional adventure, adjusting itself continuously and intuitively according to the road, driving conditions and the driver’s motoring style, for a smooth and cosseting ride.
Drivers can also rest easy knowing that their car is not only comfortable, but extremely safe too. Citroen is renowned for producing some of the safest vehicles on the road and the new C5 is no exception. Equipped with the very latest Citroen technology, the C5 provides its occupants with reassuring levels of protection in the event of an accident. The stiffened body and cabin structure incorporate both upper and lower absorbers at the front to soak up energy released in the event of impact.
Driver and passengers are fully protected by up to nine front, side and curtain airbags, as well as a specially created torso-shaped bag which is deployed thanks to the unique Citroen-specific fixed hub steering wheel, for ultimate safety. Awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating for adult occupant protection, the new C5 is one of the safest cars on the road.