Citroen's New Look C5 | Part Two

Citroen C5

Citroen C5

Making the driving experience easier, front parking sensors now appear for the first time in the New Look 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 New Look C5 has been completely revamped to feature the stylish and widely-acclaimed 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 radically 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 an overall more balanced and purposeful profile.

Inside, the dashboard and centre console have also been revised to offer enhanced levels of refinement and ergonomics. There are new-style instrument dials and a new centre console housing the hi-fi and air conditioning systems, whilst a leather steering wheel is now standard.

The New Look C5 incorporates substantial developments aimed at improving refinement and reducing cabin noise with, for example, the availability of laminated acoustic side windows, unusual in this class, combining with improved insulation and soundproofing. The relaxed atmosphere is further enhanced by the specification of automatic air conditioning, whilst the airy interior boasts one of the best all-round levels of spaciousness in the sector, including best-in-class elbow room and a 471 litre boot.

Widely recognised as offering one of the most comfortable rides around, Citroen’s sophisticated Hydractive suspension system has been upgraded for the New Look 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.

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Published 9 October 2004 Melanie Carter

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