In times of high COE prices, cars with downsized engines but at no compromise to the performance have the upper hand. Some cars from Volkswagen for example, come with the famous TSI twincharged technology that gives smaller engine capacities a performance akin to larger engines. This way, one of the first things you save on is the road tax.
With the new Citroen C5, road tax is also something you will save on. The recipe for success in the C5 is simply: a small engine in a big body – something that will cater well to drivers who need a bigger car but is hard-pressed due to the various costs of owning a car in Singapore at this point of time.
A car the size of the C5 would typically be matched with a 1.8-litre or 2-litre engine, but in this case, the French saloon now comes with a new 1.6-litre turbocharged engine – that was developed with BMW – and a new six-speed automatic gearbox too.
Because it is turbocharged, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine produces 156bhp of power at 6,000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1,400rpm.
These figures are more superior than its 2-litre naturally aspirated predecessor, which was delivering 143bhp and 200Nm. Now with two more gears to shift up to, the C5 takes 9.8 seconds to hit 100km/h from a standstill.
Able to seat five adults comfortably, the C5 is able to cushion most bumps on the roads and provides enough punch when required.
It sports LED daytime running lights to add some ‘bling’ to its look and an electric sunroof is optional if you would like to have natural daylight or fresh air while you are driving. Should the weather get unbearable like it does these days, you can use the manual rear and side blinds to shield yourself from the rays.
The C5 is a looker but not without substance. Equipped with Citroen’s second -generation fixed-centred controls steering wheel, you can have your usual cruise control and speed limiter functions, or audio controls at your fingertips.
To name more features of the C5, it comes with automatic dual zone climate control so you can adjust the air-con to your liking on your side of the car, USB and iPod connectivity where you can have the audio belting out your favourite tunes, automatic rain sensor so you can concentrate on driving in the wet while the wipers keep the windscreen visible for you, electric front seats where the driver’s one has memory function, and an electric parking brake. Not-so-common standard features include headlight wipers and a tyre under inflation detector.
To help you with parking, the C5 has this parking space gap sensor that informs drivers whether that particular space is big enough for the car. Basically, anything measuring less than three metres and more than eight metres will be ignored. If you want the Park Assist camera system, you can have it installed for an additional $700.
At $147,988 with COE, it may seem pricey for a 1.6-litre car, but don’t forget everything that lies beneath – the turbocharged boosted numbers, the luxury of the mid-sized cabin and all the little things that make the C5 a wholesome package.
Citroen C5 Exclusive 1.6 THP
Engine: 1,598cc 4-inline DOHC 16-valve
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Max Power: 156bhp at 6,000rpm
Max Torque: 240Nm at 1,400rpm
0-100km/h: 9.8 secs
Top Speed: 210km/h
Price: $147,988 with COE
Distributor: Cycle & Carriage