Designed primarily as fleet cars, the 2006 Citroen C5 VTX+ Hatchback and Estate models are based on the standard VTX trim of the mid-size vehicle and come equipped with an advanced NaviDrive satellite navigation and telematics system with a color-screen interface, voice-activation and TA traffic information system.
As usual for this kind of cars, you will probably not be able to find a version with high-quality leather upholstery, precious wood and BluRay-based rear entertainment system. However, if you plan to start you own rent-a-car company, this may be quite an adequate choice thanks to its nice combination of standard equipment and relatively low price. The only problem that we see here is that a French car is, well, not for everyone.
Trying to spur their sales among the corporate buyers, the French car manufacturer offers the new Citroen C5 VTX+ with more comfort and safety features than before.
According to the brand’s press release, those include a more advanced entertainment system with 6-CD auto-changer, air conditioning, as well as their signature self-leveling Hydractive 3 hydro-pneumatic suspension with “motorway” and “poor road” modes. Extra safety features include more reliable braking system with ABS, EBD and EBA, as well as ESP with traction control, and seven airbags.
To make the car more comfortable during long runs, it was equipped with cruise-control system and your client will probably sleep better in a roadside hotel knowing that it is protected from thieves and burglars with a standard alarm system (although it will possibly not be as advanced as a third-party solution).
Even a set of alloy wheels is also included in the standard package. While not terribly pretty, they are at least lighter than stock pressed steel disks that often come with inexpensive cars and will save you some money on suspension repairs.
All these extra features are available at no additional cost making the car quite an attractive choice, particularly in not so rate cases when the board of shareholders counts every dime you spend on a set of new corporate wheels.
All in all, the C5 VTX+ looks like a superior choice when compared to, say, Peugeot 407, Renault Laguna or even the European version of Ford Mondeo, which is also more expensive when similarly packed.
Talking about pricing, in the United Kingdom the car will be priced as low as £15095 for the Citroen C5 VTX+ Hatchback and £16195 for the Citroen C5 VTX+ Estate.
Both cars are powered by a 110hp 1.6HDi diesel engine that delivers quite an impressive mileage of about 52mpg in a combined cycle (approximately 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers, in the city, however, this value drops to 41.5mpg (around 5.7 L/100km) but still leaves quite a good impression especially if you compare it to a petrol-powered car equipped with a larger displacement engine) and cuts the CO2 greenhouse gas emissions to tolerable 145g/km.
And its promised 11.3 seconds from zero to 60mph acceleration will make you feel quite comfortable in city traffic. At least, you won’t slow down the cars behind you when starting on the green light.