The Citroen C5 Tourer just oozes quality. It’s often an intangible feeling, but when you sit in this distinctive and roomy estate you know you’re in an exceptionally well built car.
The C5 has benefitted from some styling upgrades. The result is a distinctive, slightly understated, classy design and in Tourer form is a thing of beauty, with the roofline gently falling away to a well constructed rear end.
Inside too, this feels like a car of a more vaunted pedigree. It is spacious, well laid out and comfortable, with good driver and passenger width as well as plenty of head and legroom for rear seat passengers.
I test drove an Exclusive trim level vehicle powered by a sprightly 2.2 common rail diesel engine engine. Linked to a smooth six-speed automatic gearbox this engine has excellent power delivery at any speed. Despite delivering 200 horsepower, this unit will still give more than 46 miles to the gallon in mixed driving.
Handling is excellent with nicely graduated power steering and flat cornering. At no time do you feel as if you’re driving an estate car.
Increased specification over the previous C5 means that you get plenty of car for your money. My car had cruise control, front and rear parking sensors wth rear camera, satellite navigation, rain sensitive wipers, automatic xenon headlights, high spec CD/radio, digital dual zone air conditioning, electric tailgate, 18 inch alloys, rear passenger sun blinds and all round airbags.
There’s some good ideas here, to. Like the steering-wheel mounted controls which stay in a fixed position even when the wheel is turning. No more hunting for the cruise control or radio buttons, because they are never out of position.
One thing you will notice about the C5 is how quiet it is. The engine is virtually silent inside the car, and wind and road noise are minimal.
I have to admit I like everything about this car. It has brought luxury car quality to the medium sector and is a delight to drive. At £29,895 on the road, it’s not that expensive either, when you look at the high specification.