Citroen’s second generation C5 has proved to be a huge step forward from its rather quirky predecessor and the Tourer estate version is an even more desirable package.
It’s spacious, stylish and comes equipped with a range of clever convenience features.
Some are familiar (like a motorised tailgate), while some are rare or completely unique at this price point (like self-levelling suspension hydractive suspension). The original version of this car carried over most of its engines from the previous generation model but since launch, a lot of work has gone in to improve things. At the top of the range, there’s a silky-smooth 240bhp 3.0-litre V6 HDi diesel but the key engines are the Euro5 110bhp 1.6-litre entry-level diesel unit and the 160bhp 2.0-litre HDi diesel that replaces the previous 140 and 175bhp HDi powerplants. There’s no petrol option.
There are two suspension set-ups to select from in the C5 range. The first is a conventional arrangement that uses double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link system at the rear. The second is the Hydractive 3 Plus self-levelling suspension that adapts to the road surface in order to deliver a smooth ride. This system lets the driver to select from three modes that offer progressively firmer suspension settings for a sportier driving experience or a more comfortable one as required. At 4.83m long and 1.48m tall, the Tourer adds an additional 5cm and 3cm respectively over the Saloon. Load space is abundant, thanks to the Tourer’s cavernous boot (505-litres) and split folding rear seats, which can be laid completely flat to create an extensive capacity of nearly 1500 litres - one of the largest in the segment. Access is made simple and convenient by the Tourer’s large tailgate, which can be specified in motorised form and allows bulky items to be loaded or unloaded with ease.
When placing heavy items into the car, a button located on the rear lowers or raises the car’s suspension, bringing the boot floor to a more convenient height. Simply closing the tailgate automatically returns the rear suspension to the correct level. Stylish elements include the black or silver roofbars and dark tinted rear side and tailgate windows. There’s also an optional panoramic glass roof.
A 12V accessory socket is available for charging or powering electrical devices and a clever dual-function flashlight mounted into the wall of the boot operates as a boot light or a convenient rechargeable hand-held torch. Neat storage solutions can include shopping bag hooks on the boot side walls, side storage nets for stowing loose objects and a luggage cover blind. Prices start from just over £20,000 and the C5 range is offered in a choice of three trim levels – VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive – and, just like the Saloon, the Tourer (offered at a premium of around £1,100 model for model) is extremely well specified. Assuming that you don’t need to carry more than five people, cars like this Citroen C5 Tourer give you a better reason than ever before not to buy one of those compact mini-MPVs that increasingly ply our roads. It does, after all, offer a far more elegant ownership solution.