2008 Citroën C5 Test Drive: Diesel Powered, Fuel-Sipping Wagon Is a 34-MPG French Treat – Popular Mechanics

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2008 Citro#235;n C5 Test Diesel Powered, Fuel-Sipping Is a 34-MPG French Treat

Recently, automakers have to successfully globalize their in a way the market has never seen Through computing power and resources, car companies can develop one for use in sometimes dozens of products the world. Yet for all this globalization, are still great cars, by great manufacturers. that still never see here in the States. And many of them are fuel-efficient diesels, too.

driving these gems us a sneak peak at what we see in American showrooms in the next few So we took the 2008 Citro#235;n C5 to the to see just how efficient a modern diesel can be.

Since folks in the are only vaguely familiar the Citro#235;n namplate, a bit of chronology is in Andr#233; Citro#235;n founded his company in 1919, its twin badge representing the twin gears that he invented. Citro#235;n became the world#146;s largest carmaker.

Its management had ideas well mere car making, however, and half-track vehicles in which pith-helmet-wearing explorers drove the Sahara desert to Timbuktu. But it all serious business at Citro#235;n. was the automaker with the cheek to up the entire Eiffel Tower its name.

And then there the cars.

The 1934 Traction was the world#146;s first mass-produced, model, with a monocoque and independent front suspension. A before, Citro#235;n had introduced the mass-produced diesel engine. innovation couldn#146;t last, and the soon went bankrupt Michelin took it over in

But the weird and wonderful cars The romantic Light Fifteen the top wheels of the World War II French shooting SS officers from its boards. The wonderful 2CV (aka snail#146;) was introduced in 1948 and a much-loved French #147;people#146;s

The company lumbered between crises in the 60s, producing like the fast, weird and Citro#235;n Maserati SM. Yes, the same model in Jay Leno#146;s Eventually the company found stability with Peugeot a shotgun marriage ordered by the government in the 1970s.

The C5 model was in 2001 as a mix of Citro#235;n#146;s great (hydropneumatic suspension) and Peugeot#146;s saving. It was also one the ugliest of all time. The new C5, however, is the latest in a of revived Citro#235;ns#151;and it uses from the handsome and luxurious C6

Citro#235;n has a fine reputation for great diesel engines, and the are heavily weighted in favor of We chose the robust, 173-hp, powered model, which in #147;Exclusive#148; trim costs ($42,700).

The cabin is a classy#151;if of shiny, piano-lacquer finishes and dials showing a huge of information. Finding all the buttons to use functions is tricky, but the steering has a fixed position central which provides a base for a lot of

Citro#235;ns have always complicated cars, and the C5 is no exception. Our car was equipped with extras an electronic hand brake, in-car entertainment, directional and the #163;300 ($570) lane-departure system. At 190 in. long, the C5 is a rather vehicle. But inside, the space is than you might expect. (front and rear) have head and legroom, but we wouldn#146;t it spacious.

Yet the load bed is flat and long for the and the seats tilt easily to even more space.

The 2.2-liter engine starts and idles quietly. This drives the front wheels via a manual transmission (an automatic is with the lower-powered, two-liter option).

Let the clutch out and power up to speeds, and you#146;ll notice the feel over-servoed and far too light. The wheel twirls in your the brakes feel abrupt and and the clutch has a sharp, over-center Then you realize they are and accurate#151;simply requiring a lightness of

The C5 corners, stops and goes as well as its rivals#151;it just about it in a unique way.

The hydropneumatic suspension, a longtime technical mainstay, provides an ride quality. The C5 blows broken surfaces that have German rivals and rearing.

The diesel is a strong and servant. It#146;s turbo like a gathering storm in the between 2,000 and 4,300 and the result is refined and efficient The C5 is not a performance car, but it provides acceleration. The 173-hp, 273 lb.-ft. of mill fires the 3,891-pound up to 62 mph in 10.4 seconds, then on to a top of 134 mph.

It#146;s also efficient for such a large Citro#235;n claims a combined mpg imperial (35.6 mpg U.S.) in tests.

On our four-day test, under rainy conditions, we managed a creditable 40.5 mpg imperial mpg U.S.) on a mix of long and short with many cold

The Bottom Line

Viva la the C5 says to the world. Logically, you have some very non-premium diesel rivals for the money as this Citro#235;n. Yet the C5 continent-spanning legs, an idiosyncratic and supreme competence in areas most owners appreciate often: ride quality and economy.

And if the C5 doesn#146;t offer the involvement of its German rivals, it isolate the cabin from the world and suggest you sit back and the ride.

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