The THP200 manual DS4 we featured yesterday isn’t the only new addition to Naza Euro Motors’ line-up; the D-segment Citroen C5 sedan is now here too, on sale for RM189,888 inclusive of insurance and a three-year/100,000 km warranty. That makes it one of the more expensive European offerings in this class but unlike others, exclusivity is a given.
A sole engine option is available here, the usual PSA 1.6 litre turbo in THP156 guise connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. That’s the same combination used in both the Citroen DS4 (auto) and DS5, not to mention the Peugeot 508 with which the C5 shares much with. 0-100 km/h time is 9.8 seconds, and top speed is 210 km/h.
It sits on the same PSA PF3 platform that underlines the 508, but keeps Citroen’s legacy Hydractive 3+ pneumatic suspension system that has long been the C5’s party piece. That and uniquely tuned kinematics and steering mean the pair offers distinctly different driving characteristics to go along with their polarising looks.
The car on test at JPJ wore an Exclusive badge on its tail, denoting Citroen’s top of the range trim line. Standard equipment includes 18-inch ‘Atlantic’ wheels, xenon headlamps, DRLs, dual-zone auto air con, powered front seats, leather upholstery and cruise control. Six airbags, auto wipers and Parking Space Measurement are also packed in.
Citroen doesn’t do conventional, as the C5 proves. It looks like no other, and the steering centre hub doesn’t turn with the chrome-trimmed wheel. There are more buttons on the steering boss than an MMORPG keyboard, perhaps giving the driver more control than strictly necessary.
But that’s Citroen for you – eccentric yet lovable. Now represented by Naza Euro Motors, Citroens are back in style in Malaysia and the C5 is definitely one of its more interesting offerings. Very limited units are available (we hear there’s less than 10) so if you want one, better be quick about it.