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Citroen's smooth new C5 hits home turf, offering huge dynamic and refinement gains

5 Sep 2008

A WHISPER-QUIET, fully-featured and highly ergonomic interior join forces with vastly improved dynamics and Citroen's famed hydro-pheumatic ride quality to make the redesigned C5 sedan and wagon an accomplished new entrant in the mid-sized premium car segment. Dull steering will prevent it winning a handling contest with the BMW 3 Series, but with a frugal yet rewarding diesel engine line-up, a more spacious cabin and improved perceived quality, the C5 should prove at least as popular as the model it replaces.
Model release date: 1 September 2008 to 1 March 2013

Previous model

Citroen C5

Released: June 2001
Ended: August 2008
Family Tree: C5

CITROEN’s first-generation C5 sedan (which was actually a hatchback) replaced the Xantia in Australia in June 2001, powered by 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines and a 3.0-litre petrol V6. Five-speed manual prices started at $41,990, with a four-speed auto adding $2000. The C5 wagon arrived two months later in August 2001, available with 2.0 petrol power only, priced from $43,500.

September 2003 saw the 2.0 HDi turbo-diesel wagon arrive, with a new 2.2-litre diesel arriving in both sedan and wagon guises in March 2005, when the base 2.0 petrol variants were labelled SX versions and the flagship 3.0 V6 received a six-speed auto. Another upgrade in June 2006 brought a six-speed auto for the 2.0 HDi sedan and wagon, while a twin-turbo diesel 2.2 HDi engine (with six-speed auto) arrived for the sedan from March 2007.

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