CITROEN'S C5 HAS A FEW SURPRISES
IF you're in the market for a Mondeo-class car that's a little less obvious than the usual contenders, the Citroen C5 is a great choice.
It's a car that always surprises and never more so than when it has a 200bhp HDi diesel engine under its bonnet. Citroen has taken its 2.2-litre diesel and fettled this to produce 200bhp and as a result, the economy and emission figures are much better without losing anything in terms of performance.
With less weight in the nose than a big six-cylinder engine, this four-pot powerplant means the car handles a bit more crisply and it's certainly not slow, stopping the stopwatch to 60mph at eight seconds and running on to a top speed of 143mph.
It's effortless too, the six-speed automatic gearbox slurring its way through the ratios smoothly. Ride quality is assured thanks to Hydractive 3 Plus self levelling suspension which adapts to the road surface in order to deliver a smooth ride.
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Citroen has paid particular attention to soundproofing in the cabin fitting laminated side windows and an acoustic windscreen to supplement the absorbent body and roof linings that were developed for the executive segment C6.
The interior sets out to mirror the high quality feel of that C6 and although the centre console looks a little overloaded with buttons, the clean lines of the fascia and the chrome detailing create an upmarket effect. Space for rear seat passengers is helped by the flat floor. The boot's a decent size at 439-litres. Citroen has tweaked the styling of this latest C5 to keep it looking fresh.
This HDi 200 range-topper comes with a serious slug of standard equipment. There are automatic lights and wipers, a tyre pressure monitor, leather trim for the steering wheel and interior mood lighting, electrically adjustable front seats with a memory function on the driver's side. There's also cruise control as well as six airbags.
That said, the inescapable fact is that the C5 HDi 200 is going to depreciate strongly. It would be remiss of us to skirt around this fact but big discounts are available from list price that take a big percentage off the real world depreciation figures.