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.