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£185 CITROEN C5 1.6 HDi VTR+ 5dr Hatch

posted on Oct 12 2008 by Kyle McWilton

£185 CITROEN C5 1.6 HDi VTR+ 5dr Hatch

The all new Citroen C5 1.6 HDi VTR+ 5dr hatch is now available from at an amazingly low rate of just £185 + VAT per month. This offer is based on a 2 year 3 + 23 contract hire lease agreement and is available to both the business user and the personal driver. All models of the new Citroen C5 are available and full details of this contract hire leasing offer can be found with the Car Leasing Team on 01273 789 900. There is something really quite strange about the new Citron C5, and you know it really takes a while to realise what just what it is. When the penny eventually drops, you realise it was really quite obvious: the car looks far more German than it does French.

Looking at the Citroen C5 from behind, you'll need to get pretty close to tell that it isn't an Audi A4 or BMW 3-series, and in profile the arching greenhouse and strong shoulders are definitely Audi-esque. The front end of the Citroen C5 though is pure Citron with its chevron grille and fussy headlamp detailing, nd at the back is the trademark concave rear window that we've already seen on the bigger C6 model. Once inside the new Citroen C5, the flush-folding air-conditioning vents could have come from a Volkswagen-Audi group car and have they tried hard to give the cabin a feel of quality. Soft-touch plastics abound wherever your hands might fall, the door handles feel like solid chunks of forged aluminium, and the brushed-alloy strips along either side of the console look and feel very classy. The C5 is a large car, about Mondeo-sized, albeit a little narrower.

The Ford, along with the Vauxhall Vectra, Honda Accord and VW Passat will be its key rival, so whatever aspirations the Citron has, it is definitely pitched at the mainstream heartland, which is sensible. The cabin is of generous proportions, with plenty of sprawling space for four 6ft-plus adults, while the rear seats can be folded down to extend the 533-litre boot and accommodate long loads. The Citroen C5 will be offered with conventional steel springing or with self-levelling Hydractive hydropneumatic suspension. The former gives a good ride, with just enough firmness to keep the car well tied down when the road turns twisty. The Hydractive suspension provides an eerily smooth ride, although it sometimes makes the car feel a bit too detached from the action.

Most impressive of all, though, is the Citroen C5's mechanical refinement. At 100mph, you don't need to raise voices to be understood, and as it's so remarkably unstressed it makes a top-notch motorway cruiser. High marks can also be awarded for its fuel economy: 46.3mpg on the combined cycle.  To see the latest prices for leasing a Citroen see all our Citroen deals here.