What is it?
The biggest weakness the C5 has is the steering. It’s not what you’d call direct. But don’t think of this as a sports car and you won’t be entirely disappointed. Yes it’s soft, but at least it doesn’t fire you into the nearest hedge.
French cars are normally all about the comfort, but the C5 Tourer doesn’t quite cut it. The Hydractive suspension (otional on most models) doesn’t absorb as many bumps as you’d expect, nor do the ordinary springs.
On the inside
Three engines on offer - 1.6, 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre V6 diesels. The poverty-spec oil-burning 1.6 wheezes to 62mph in 11.9 seconds, by which time you'll become bored. It offers 56.5mpg, but upgrade to the 2.0 HDI (manual) and you'll get 160bhp and 53.3mpg, and a 0-62mph time of 9.3 seconds. V6 packs 240bhp, which is pleasant.
Citroen is in a rather mixed position here. Some of its cars are cool (we’re thinking C6), but then others just aren’t. The C5 is in the middle ground, but the fashionable new Tourer moniker doesn’t help.