Citroen C5 safety ratings

Mar 2008 - Current (front+side+head+knee airbags)

About this test

The diesel left-hand-drive European model with manual transmission was tested by Euro NCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.

About the test vehicles

Dynamic 5 dr hatch LHD
2 litre diesel
Kerb weight:
1610 kg
Medium Car
Vehicles built:
Frontal+Side+Head+Knee airbags
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ANCAP safety

Good score:  34.58 out of 37

5 Stars. The C5 scored 14.58 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver and passenger. The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the optional pole test.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4 pts, chest 3.2 pts, upper legs 4 pts, lower legs 3.38 pts. The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The clutch pedal moved forwards by 101mm and downwards 19mm. The steering wheel hub moved 38mm forward, 13mm downward and 2 mm sideways. The front ("A") pillar moved 9mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash all doors could be opened with normal effort. The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. A knee airbag protected the driver's knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4 pts, chest 4 pts, abdomen 4 pts, pelvis 4 pts. The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags and scored four points for the head in the side impact test. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

Side danger map

Pedestrian safety


The C5 was awarded no points for the protection offered by the front edge of the bumper to pedestrians' legs. The bonnet surface was also rated as predominantly poor in the area likely to be struck by an adult's head. However, the bumper scored maximum points. Child head impacts 4.51 Adult head impacts 0.88 Upper leg impacts Zero Lower leg impacts 6 Total (out of 36) 11.39