GoAutoLogo
MENU

Citroen C5

C5

Citroen logo1 Jun 2001

By CHRIS HARRIS

CITROEN’S replacement for the pretty Xantia had none of its style but did feature extensive progress in refinement, safety and space.

A 101kW/176Nm 2.0-litre twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine powered the base five-door hatchback and cavernous C5 wagon, partnered to a four-speed sequential shift automatic or five-speed manual gearbox.

Self-levelling Hydropneumatic (fluid) suspension and front-wheel drive are features, as are dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, side-front airbags and air-conditioning.

The range-topping 140kW/267Nm 3.0-litre quad-cam V6 Exclusive was a four-speed automatic model.

Citroen was also an early diesel advocate, offering an 82kW/255Nm 1.9-litre HDI turbo-diesel four-cylinder unit, in four-speed auto-only guise, in the hatch from the beginning and, from September ’03, on the wagon also.

Two limited editions – the 80th Anniversary from 2003 and the following year’s Limited – included leather upholstery.

Read more

When it was new

Citroen models