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

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 Saloon
33 5stars

The Citroen C5 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 4 Citroën C5 versions available

Saloon 1.6 HDi 115 VTR 4dr £21,470
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.6 e-HDi 115 ETG6 VTR+ 4dr £23,370
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 HDi 160 VTR+ 4dr £24,070
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 HDi 160 Exclusive 4dr £25,670
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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 letdown 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 includes navigation, colour screen, rear parking sensors 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 Saloon 1.6 HDi VTR+ Nav 4dr

Reading some of the owner reviews has lead me to comment, the negative comments beggar belief. This vehicle is one of the best and most comfortable I…

Brian Robertson

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën C5 Saloon 2.0 HDi Exclusive 4dr

The C5 wont be to everyones taste, which for me is an advantage, it is well equiped with a rubish cup holder. I have done 60k in mine and understand…

David Banks

4 out of 5 stars

Citroën C5 Saloon 2.0 HDi Exclusive 4dr

Looks: Lovely Turning Circle: Abysmal (I've driven more manouveurable boats) Spec: Lovely but hugely unreliable. Parking sensor has failed several…

Dan Davies

1 out of 5 stars

Citroën C5 Saloon 2.0 HDi VTR+ 4dr

I have ran the C5 for the last 3 years as a company car, whilst happy with the ride and comfort of the car i can not wait to see the back of it, last…

Colin Waite

2 out of 5 stars
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