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Citroen C5 3.0 V6 

Broadcast dates : 8th May 2005
14th May 2005

The Citroen C5 three-litre V6 competes in the prestige market. Priced at just under R300 000, itís up against some stern competition from Germany, Japan, and from its French counterpart Peugeot.

Fans of the old DS 19 Citroen from forty years ago will appreciate the fact that hydraulic suspension is once again very much a Citroen trademark. Another Citroen tradition that survives in the C5 is the very practical approach to cabin design.

The accent is on ease of entry, ergonomics, and durability of materials, rather than cutting-edge design and hi-tech computerized equipment.

There is definite French flair, but the choice of colours makes the effect rather muted.
The cabin is trimmed in leather with a durable, rather than aesthetic feel. The flat seats are electrically adjustable, and provide easy access, thanks to a lack of side-bolstering.

The multi-adjustable steering column enables a comfortable driving position, while passenger room is very good.

The transversely-mounted V6 engine is of similar parenthood to that of the Peugeot 407 V6, and produces 152 kiloWatts.

Performance on the Citroen is close to that of the Peugeot, despite more complex mechanicals.

0-100 takes just under ten seconds and top speed is 220 kilometres per hour.

The new automatic gearbox is integral to the carís laid-back approach, but Hendrik has some reservations.

The hydraulic suspension is known as the Hydractive 3 system. It has electronic sensors that automatically adjust ride-height and stiffness according to speed, driving style and road conditions.

In the straight-ahead position, the steering is particularly lifeless. And yet, when you learn to trust the system, the C5 is a good handler.

Itís also a very safe car, being awarded the highest score in European N-Cap safety tests to date.

But for eccentric Citroenites, itís that suspension system that hits the spot. Hendrik came away reasonably impressed.

Citroen C5 3,0i V6
  • Engine: V6 petrol 2 946 cc
  • Power: 152 kW @ 6 000 rpm
  • Torque: 285 Nm @ 3 750 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 9,83 seconds
  • Top speed: 222 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 10,72 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures)
  • Price: R299 995

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