Comfortable,roomy, fast, good looking, extremely well equipped with a very smooth ride and well suppressed wind, tyre and engine noise. There is very little intrusion of external noise into the cabin due to laminated side glass and good door sealing. I have no regrets about buying this car and have been very happy with it.
After 40,000 miles I still love the car. It does all that can be expected of it. Annoyed that I had to get an external SatNav aerial to drive a TomTom inside, but that's because of the heat-reflective front window. Some trouble with the parking sensor, tested during a service, but of course not reproduced! The 'eyes' had been kept very clean, yet every now and then it decides on a constant warning tone - thus I now don't trust it. A super car which should not be losing out on bad resale values.
This car could be the best secret on the UK large family car market today, it really is that good. I've ran several large estate cars before, such as a Ford Scorpio 2.3 Ultima, Saab 9-5 2.0 turbo SE, Vauxall Omega 2.0 CD and my C5 is a similar size to all these yet it drives better, has more equipment, and is massively less expensive. If you like the big floaty estate barge thing this one is for you. Great arm chair type seats, incredible levels of kit, very quiet/smooth ride, plenty of power, plenty of space, and given the performance reasonable co2 and fuel consumption.
If I have a concern its that this is one very complex French car with a massive amount of techology such as the variable suspension, European satnav, mp3 jukebox with 30gb hard disk, twin turbos etc. But so far my car has been 100% fault free during the 2000 miles I've put on it.
We found that the C5 is the only genuine 5-seater non-MPV on the market. The Volvo V70, Accord, Primera or Avensis are very cramped for 3 adults in the back. Mondeo, Passat and Audi A6 (all '5 seaters'): transmission tunnel and centre console in the way. Saab 9-5: thin, hard seat cushion. Mercedes E-Class:reasonable but firm seat is hardly luxury. None of these seats 5 adults in comfort.
The C5 felt as if its designer actually tried sitting in the middle back seat. My three tall daughters reported plenty space, good legroom, comfortable seats - no complaints at all, so a C5 it had to be.
Fortunately, the C5 turns out to be rather nice in most other respects too - plenty power, well-designed cabin with some thoughtful touches, electronic gadgets mostly useful and well designed - and that wonderful suspension. It soaks up bumps and coarse surfaces but doesn't roll too much on corners. Put a load in the back and it simply pumps itself up to suit. Our Galaxy was a good long-distance cruiser but the Citroen is in a different league, swishing along TGV-style.
My C5 isn't perfect - it has a couple of slight rattles and the on-board computer exaggerates economy by 8%. Real economy is reasonable for a big car with aircon and gadgets - 45mpg on long runs but dropping into the 30s in winter around town. Complaints seem minor compared with what it does well. I can see why people fall in love with big Citroens.
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