Driveability and onboard comfort
A driving position dedicated to the driver
The new C5 is equipped with a second-generation
fixed-centred controls steering wheel. This feature reflects CitroŽn's
innovative talent and sets the car apart.
Frequently used driving controls (speed limiter/cruise
control) and comfort functions (radio, telephone, central screen
controls, etc.) are within easy reach of the driver.
Having the information on the steering wheel improves ergonomics and enhances driving comfort through easy use.
The new design of the wheel and the feel of the
controls adds a further touch of sophistication to the driving
position. The fixed central hub ensures that the airbag always deploys
at the right angle in the event of impact for improved driver
The design of the instrument cluster on the new C5
reflects ergonomic requirements and ensures that information is laid
out logically. The three dials feature annular needles, symbolising an
advanced level of technology. The needles run around the dial for
greater legibility and a more attractive design. This technology makes
it possible to install a large display unit in the centre of each dial.
The central dial is dedicated to the analogue
speedometer, while the screen shows information from the onboard
computer. The left-hand dial displays the fuel level and speed
limiter/cruise control data, while the right-hand dial shows the rev
counter and, depending on the versions, the current mode or speed on
the instrument cluster.
A central display unit makes a variety of comfort
information visible to all passengers. For example: the date and time,
outside temperature and a graphical representation of parking
assistance. At the same time, a screen on the overhead console displays
an illustration symbolising the car, its five seats and the seatbelt warnings on start-up.
Innovative and pertinent driving aids
The new C5 features a wide range of equipment for an easier, safer and more relaxed drive.
The new C5 is fitted as standard with cruise control
and a speed limiter. On the Hydractive 3 Plus versions, an automatic
electric parking brake provides enhancedcomfort and safety. This brake
function also includes hill-start assist. The vehicle is automatically
maintained in position for up to two seconds after the brake pedal is
released, giving the driver time to move a foot from the brake to the
accelerator, without the vehicle moving forwards or backwards down the
To make parking easier, this new vehicle is also
available with front and rear parking assistance and a parking space
gap sensor that informs drivers whether an available space is big
enough for the vehicle (spaces measuring less than 3 metres and more
than 8 metres are ignored).
The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), also
available on some versions, provides a pertinent response to the risk
of drowsiness at the wheel.
Alongside the halogen headlamps that enhance visibility, Xenon dual-function directional headlamps are also available.
Alongside these headlamps, a static AFS (Adaptive Front
Lighting System) function improves visibility on corners. An additional
light source, linked to the angle of the steering wheel angle, works
with the main flow of light from the headlamp to provide 75į lighting
over the right- or left- hand angle of the vehicle.
If the vehicle is equipped with Xenon dual-function
directional headlamps, it can also be equipped with dynamic AFS, a new
lighting system that improves visibility and safety on corners and at
junctions. In this case, the light covers an angle of 105į at low
The new C5 is available with the new-generation
NaviDrive system. The system combines a 7-inch 16/9 screen with a
built-in GSM telephone, audio system (radio, MP3-compatible CD player,
jukebox function to store up to 10 Gb on the hard disk)
and GPS navigation. To further improve guidance
functions, NaviDrive lets the driver enlarge crossroads or other points
where several roads come together using Birdview mode. This displays a
simulated overhead perspective of the road extending to the horizon.
NaviDrive was also designed to provide a number of additional customer
services, namely CitroŽn Emergency, CitroŽn Assistance and CitroŽn On
line. Working with the GPS and telephone functions, CitroŽn Emergency
makes it possible (depending on the country) to locate the vehicle if
the driver is ill or has an accident, and to access the services of a
The main functions of the NaviDrive system can be
accessed easily using the steering-wheel controls, which can also be
used for the voice recognition and voice synthesis functions.