Citroen C5 safety ratings

Feb 2005 - Current (front, side & head airbags)

About this test

The left-hand-drive European model 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

Kerb weight:
1490 kg
Large Car
Vehicles built:
2000 / 2004
Frontal, Side & Head Airbags

ANCAP safety

Good score:  35.93 out of 37

The Citroen C5 scored 15.95 out of 16 in the offset crash test. There was a slight risk of serious lower leg injury for the driver. The vehicle scored 14.98 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. There was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver. A further 2 points were scored in the optional pole test.

Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 4pts, upper legs 4pts, lower legs 3.95pts. The passenger compartment held its shape very well in the offset crash test. The clutch pedal moved rearwards by 48mm and upwards 21mm. The steering wheel hub moved forwards 28mm and downwards 23mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 3mm rearwards. The width of the driver's doorway shortened by 4mm. 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. Knee protection was good.

Front danger map

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4pts, chest 3.98pts, abdomen 4pts, pelvis 4pts. A rear door opened during the crash, resulting in a 1pt deduction from the overall score. Euro NCAP reports that Citroen is investigating this problem. 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


7.65 points out of 36. Child head impacts 6.65pts; adult head impacts 1pt; upper leg zero pts and lower leg impacts zero pts.