Citroen had a long history in building station-wagons long before its competitors started to draw their first ones.
Its experience was proved once again with the 2010 C5 Tourer.
The marvelous Citroen DS was offered as a station-wagon since the late ’50s, and the French carmaker continued to build such practical cars ever since. The C5 Estate (or Break) benefited from all that experience. The French brand introduced the second generation of that model in 2007 and, four years later, it enhanced it with a facelifted model.
There was a new L-shaped LED strip for the daytime running lights on top of the front bumper at the front. The headlights were reshaped accordingly, featuring a straight lower line instead of the older version, with a slight interior step. The reversing lights from the taillights received clear lenses.
Inside, there were just two buttons added, for the Citroen eTouch emergency system, in selected countries. That comprised a sim-card and a GPS module accessible via an SOS button for emergencies or a “double-chevron” button for other requests. The best part of the C5 Tourer was the rear adaptive suspension, available as an option. It could raise or lower the back of the car to ease-up loading and unloading. The same system was used to keep the car at the same level, regardless of the large trunk’s added load.
For the 2011 model, the French carmaker offered the C5 Estate with a choice of gasoline and diesel engines, all turbocharged. The car was available with a 5- or 6-speed manual transmission, while a 6-speed automatic was available on selected versions.