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For The Citroen C5 Tourer is a stylish, quirky family estate car that’s more refined than most rivals. There are some excellent diesel engines and decent equipment.

Against The steering and handling aren’t as rewarding as many rivals’ and the dashboard layout is confusing. Residual values are weak and ride comfort on top-end models is poor.

Citroën C5 Estate
33 5stars

The Citroen C5 Tourer looks great, and few rivals can match it for refinement. Unfortunately, weak residuals, a fussy dash and sloppy handling count against it.

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There are 7 Citroën C5 versions available

Estate 1.6 e-HDi 115 A'dream EGS6 VTR 5dr £22,530
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 HDi 115 VTR 5dr £22,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 HDi 115 VTR+ 5dr £23,030
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 1.6 e-HDi 115 A'drem EGS6 VTR+ 5dr £24,470
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 HDi 160 VTR+ 5dr £25,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.0 HDi 160 Exclusive 5dr £26,780
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Estate 2.2 HDi 200 Exclusive auto 5dr £30,440
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Style is at the forefront for the Citroen C5 Tourer, so it isn’t quite as roomy as some family estates.

The pick of the range is the manual 1.6-litre diesel. It consumes a little more fuel than the semi-automatic e-HDi version, but this is let down by its higher price and jerky gearshifts.

Entry-level VTR cars come equipped with the basics, including air-con, multi-function wheel, and cruise control. However, we reckon it’s worth stepping up to VTR+ to gain 16-inch alloys, Bluetooth and USB input and front fog lights. Adding the reasonably priced Techno Pack to this is also worthwhile as it adds navigation, colour screen and upgraded alloys.

Range-topping Exclusive cars add electric front seat adjustment, part-leather seats, laminated side glass and a hydropneumatic suspension system.

Whichever model you choose, big discounts are available, and these are needed because residual values are weak, even by the standards of this class.

Reader test team says:

Citroën C5 Estate 2.0 HDi 160 Exclusive 5dr

I took a punt on C5 Exclusive Tourer with 90 K on when looking for another A6 estate.Ive had A8s,S classes etc and have to say the comfort, ride and…

simon brown

4 out of 5 stars

Citroën C5 Estate 2.0 HDi 160 VTR+ Nav 5dr

Have Covered 50000 miles know problems i have had has been with transmission.There is whine from the differential from about 37-45 mph which…

Robert Edmead

3 out of 5 stars

Citroën C5 Estate 2.2 HDi Exclusive 5dr

My third C5 estate and easily the best yet. I have had the C5 estates in between a Subaru Forester, Outback & Citroen C-Crosser. I've had the car for…

Jim Connor

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën C5 Estate 2.0 HDi Exclusive 5dr

Follow up to an earlier review; car has now gone back to the leasing company after 3 years and just over 99,000 miles. What went wrong? One blown…

Iain Bray

4 out of 5 stars
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