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Reviewed on 12 Nov 2009 11:07PM
Reviewed by: WeeHou
Similar cars tried: Superb 1.8TSi, Camry 2.4, Laguna 2.0T
Duration of car driven: Test Drove Once Only
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The Review

Citroen, the brand that is often consider weird and oddball. However, with the new C5, Citroen has taken a rather Teutonic approach in designing it. The usual highlight of the C5 is the hydro-pneumatic suspension. Ever since the Citroen DS saved Charles de Gaulle life during the assassination, the C5 has been blessed with this iconic status. The new HydraActive 3 suspension is very much similar to the old, but now with sporty aspiration. This doesn’t mean it has BMW’s bone jarring ride, but an improvement over the old boat-like ride. As with all Citroens, comfort has always been its main principle, and the C5 is no different from the others. The engine and gearbox are wonderful to perform the duty of a cruiser, but when spirited driving is required, the ageing 2.0 engine and its yesteryear 4 speed auto starts to put itself away from its nearest competition. Coming soon, a 1.6 turbo version is in the pipeline to replace the 2.0 atmo engine. The big question is, will it be hooked up with a 6 speeder or a 4 speeder like the C4 Picasso? Driving a C5 speaks a lot about your individuality. However, unless you are willing to pay a premium for being unique, the new superb is definitely a smarter and better buy.

Strengths

Magic carpet ride. Handsome Styling. Improved interior build quality over the previous C5

Weaknesses

Carried over engine and gearbox. Despite the longer wheelbase, its smaller than the exterior suggests. Fuzzy center console.




Latest Response:


WeeHou
Singapore
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Responded on: 9 Dec 2009 1:20AM

i do have to agree on your point for the brakes. its very sensitive to input. sometimes its very hard to put up smoothly, esp low speed travelling. asdzds

XF
Singapore
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Responded on: 8 Dec 2009 9:02PM

I went on test drives on a Volkswagen Golf GT and Skoda Superb.Both are from VW group and share a trait- jerky, hard braking under normal braking pressure. Did you experience that? And I agree that the Superb is a smarter buy, but I would still choose the C5 for its individuality, style and excellent comfort. asdzds

swordsman
Singapore
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Responded on: 16 Nov 2009 2:30PM

I saw a white C5 right in front of me this morning. I must say the tail design is quite pleasant although unconventional. The silouette has a very pronounced slope on both sides, emphasising its wide "bottom". Well, being french, such design (including the "funny" side mirrors) is considered a norm :-D asdzds

pass09
Singapore
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Responded on: 13 Nov 2009 4:47PM

do u tink the two sides mirrors look funny? Price is right but need more branding to increase its market presence. asdzds

A perfect small
family MPV for
Singapore

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2009 12:13AM
Reviewed by: WeeHou
Similar cars tried: C4 Grand Picasso 1.6THP
Fuel consumption: 12 km/litre
Drive pattern: 50% Urban, 50% Highway
Duration of car driven: Less than 1 month
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The Review

The ideal family car for urban city like Singapore. As its easy to park and relatively low fuel consumption. Tough as boots reliability and solid interior finishing shows it's ability to stay with the family. Poor ergonomics do bug the driver at times. Inconsistent air-conditioning might be an issue when all 7 on board. Brakes are adequate for the purpose and gearbox is rather alert to kick down when necessary. It's a good SMALL MPV. PERIOD. If only that is what you need.

Strengths

Responsive, relatively low fuel consumption

Weaknesses

Lacks footrest and rear air-con vents


If only you look
beyond the
badge......

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2009 11:06PM
Reviewed by: WeeHou
Similar cars tried: Passat 1.8TSi – A smaller and more expensive Superb, but the badge has its demand for the premium.
C5 2.0 – Magic Carpet ride ruin by substandard drive train, Citroen, where is the 6 speeder that is used in the 2.0HDi?
Laguna 2.0T – Understated French with similar performance but tiny interior space.
Mondeo 2.3 - Surefooted handling is letdown by cheaply made interiors and lacklustre engine.
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The Review

Don’t be fooled by the Phaeton look-a-like silhouette it bears, or even the interior design from a brand with four-rings. What you are looking at right now is the 2009 Škoda Superb. The previous Superb was pretty anonymous with our local motoring, except for being a rebadged silver coloured taxi, no one could actually figure out what it really was. The highlight of the new Superb is the Twindoor rear boot/hatch layout that it first pioneered. It might have a regular three box design, but the “boot” can actually double up as a “hatch” for those who wants ease of loading. Below the chrome strip on the boot hides two buttons to operate the boot/hatch. To open the hatch, press the right button, the third brake light will light up and the motor will lock up the hatch, when done, the third brake light flashes and you press the middle button, the whole hatch opens upwards. To most that just uses the boot, it’s a far simpler affair, press on the middle button and the boot springs upwards. Once it opens what you get is a boot the size of Batu Cave. At 565 litres, it has the biggest boot in class, it’s so huge that you need an Audi A6 Avant to match it. The new Superb still uses the Passat as a donor chassis and adds its own mixture of lengthening and suspension tuning, hence making it a car almost one class above. It builds on its previous strength and improves upon it. The overall length has increased by 35mm to a massive 4838mm. Despite the reduction in the wheelbase to only 2761mm, the Superb manage to carve and extra 19mm in the interior space. The additional interior space with a shorter wheelbase is made possible due to the change of the engine layout from the previous longitudinal-engine platform that share with the B5 Passat and A4, to the current Mk V Golf derived transverse-engine PQ46 platform. The Superb together with the A3, A4 and Passat are powered by the VW-Audi 1.8TSi engine with 160hp and 250Nm, however the gearbox application varies with the cars. Only the A3, the Passat and the Superb use the dry clutch 7-speed DSG. The TSi unit produce a diesel-like pull from low revs and the 7-speed DSG is lightning quick shifting. The new DSG is tuned to be as fuel efficient as possible and a shorter 1st gear for quicker acceleration and 7th gear for optimum cruising economy. Unlike the 6-speed DSG, the 7-speed has a “creep” effect as normal autobox, and it’s only suited to lower power output engine. (max 170hp and 250Nm). Nevertheless, to those whom know about this car, always remember it for her space and size. The new Superb’s forte is none other than those mention. In regular cars, not much passengers are keen to sit behind me as I’m standing at 1.8m tall. However in the Superb, sitting behind me will never be a knee grazing experience anymore, in fact another 1.8m guy could even sit behind and stretch out! Three full size adults have no problem sitting abreast in such a roomy interior. With such high level of passenger comfort in mind, the Superb’s suspension isn’t what you will relate to in terms of sporty. Supple ride and minor body roll through corners does make Superb a confident car to drive. The interior is an Alcantara/Leather mix for the seats and plush interior trimming with fit and finish that shames some of the cars that demand $20000 more. The new Superb comes better with more factory fitted niceties such as a 2 DIN touch screen head unit with steering wheel mounted control, paddle shifts, dual zone climate control, trip computer, parking sensors, auto headlights and fog lights with cornering lights and the list goes on. The higher spec model comes with the additions of Bi-Xenon lights with headlight washers, DVD cum Navigation head unit, 18” alloys and interestingly, the Park Assist System. Debut locally on the VW Tiguan, the mammoth Superb certainly needs it if the parking gets tight. Look beyond the badge and you will find a very interesting car that breaks the image of Škoda being a cheap Volkswagen counterpart. In reality, this is a thinking man’s Audi.

Strengths

+ Smooth quiet engine with plenty of gusto, build quality, high equipment level, and ride comfort

Weaknesses

- The new DSG need some practice to get used to, badge snobbery