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Factory fitted navigation tends to be short on features compared with the latest aftermarket kits. Such is our usual refrain at this stage of our car tech reviews. We were not, therefore, expecting the C5's sat-nav to blow us away with high-tech traffic analysis, online services or anything actually innovative. Nevertheless, Citro├źn's NaviDrive system still pulled off the impressive trick of undershooting our modest expectations.

First up, support for postcode input is conspicuous by its absence. Destination input options are restricted to full street and town address or grid co-ordinates. The lack of touch-screen input hardly helps, either. Then there's the rough and ready map rendering. Whether viewed in 2D top down or pseudo 3D, it ain't pretty.

Consequently, address input is laboriously achieved via the small scroll wheel on the main console. The slicker-operating right-hand scroller on the steering wheel can also be used (the left is reserved for controlling the instrument cluster), but in practice it's every bit as fiddly.

Having said all that, once on the move, NaviDrive works well enough. It does at least include RDS-TMC traffic data giving you a modicum of awareness of traffic conditions. It's also a hard drive based rig programmed with European-wide maps which is always preferable in terms of both performance and ease of updates to the DVD-based alternatives. Likewise, in our experience, the voice guidance notes are timely and accurate. What's more, with the secondary display in the instrument cluster providing an alternative to the main display, you needn't gaze too often at the ghastly map rendering.

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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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