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4 out of 5 stars

For The C5 has a super-smooth ride, lots of space, and adjustable ride height

Against The unconventional suspension can prove costly, and the steering lacks much feel

Verdict The vast space and smooth, adjustable suspension are real attractions, but the heavy depreciation could be a worry

Go for… 2.0 Hdi VTR

Avoid… 3.0 V8 Exclusive

Citroën C5 Estate
  • 1. The adjustable suspension is a real help, letting you lower the car when loading
  • 2. If you want an automatic, test drive it very carefully - the control unit can go haywire
  • 3. Always check the suspension on a test drive, as it has a habit of playing up
  • 4. Poor handling and rapid, uneven tyre wear are a sign of suspension wear, which may be dear to fix
  • 5. Clutches on 2.0-litre diesels can need rebuilding after 50,000 miles - a very expensive job
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