Citroen C5 2.7 TDi Tourer Exclusive - Communication

By Jeremy Laird



In the year 2009, you might think Bluetooth connectivity would be standard on any well specified car priced around the £30,000 mark. Unfortunately, car dealers are addicted to squeezing cash out of customers courtesy of the options list, so it's no real surprise to find that Bluetooth is a £175 option even on this top spec C5 wagon.

Sadly, it's not an option fitted to our test car so we can't comment on handset compatibility. With no Bluetooth, users are left with the distinctly suboptimal SIM slot in the main console. Apart from the tedium associated with swapping SIMs from handset to dashboard, this setup restricts phonebook and contact access to those stored on your SIM. Admittedly, the system does allow you to transfer data in both directions, but none of this is much use if you store you contact data directly on your handset rather than the SIM.

As for voice control of the telephony features, unlike more advanced systems Citroën's requires the creation of individual voice tags for each contact. It's just another layer of complexity and hassle that the driver could do without. For frequently called contacts, setting up a few voice tags is simple enough. But users with big contact books are hardly likely to want to generate tags for hundreds of entries.

As ever, the system's single saving grace is the multi-function steering wheel which makes call management on the move a pretty smooth process. You can initiate or end calls as well as browse recent numbers without taking your hands off the steering wheel.


June 23, 2009, 5:42 am

That's an awesome (erggg) display of grey plastic on that dash ;)

I was also wondering if the car industry is somehow shielded from the dubious legal practice of allowing CD ripping. -Given that pirates are derided and pursued so relentlessly by the music industry currently? Or, is this a case of the old radar detectors - you could sell 'em but not use 'em - legally speaking...Just curious.


June 23, 2009, 3:20 pm

Your review is totally off-topic: this is NOT a review of a this car - it's basically a review of its entertainment system !! How about writing a review of the car!! Very disappointing and unworthy of this site


June 23, 2009, 5:46 pm

@Bornesen: TrustedReviews is primarily a technology news and reviews website, so it's to be expected that they focus on the technology inside the car. If you want an all-round review of the vehicle, there are plenty of motoring websites and magazines available.


June 24, 2009, 9:25 am

If you're going to choose a car based off of the quality of the technology inside of it, then you probably have enough money to be able to take some time and rethink the priorities in your life... Oh and the flagship of the Citroën range is the C6... Just as a small point.


June 25, 2009, 5:51 pm

To be fair - my over riding concern when buying new cars is all about the tech inside - that's where I spend many hours each day driving around the M25 and if the tech it comes with isn't exactly right I'm just not interested. kudos to trustedreviews for starting to review cars in this way :) Now if you could review the upcoming Idrive system due for release by BMW in the Autumn I'd be a happy man


April 17, 2010, 2:33 am

more like a advert for car audio accesories, i was searching for a driving experience of this and the performance and merits if any of the v6 engine, i have had 3 different models of the citroen range and this review has given me more details of audio specs for the tourer which is ok if you purchase the tourer but iam interested in the exclusive. model which has not got the audio system mentioned in this road test. i have noticed your remarks re the trusted reviews is mainly a technology website but the car industry does have other technology in their models apart from audio and gps systems ??

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