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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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33 reader reviews for Citroën C5 Hatchback.
  • 2.2 HDi Exclusive Auto 5dr

    terry davey , down . Date: 06/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a very well engineered car with all the extras required. It is also very safe, easy to drive and comfortable. Fuel economy for a 2.2-litre engine is exceptional. I look forward to test-driving the latest C5.

  • 2.2 HDi Exclusive Auto 5dr

    keith basson Date: 15/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My head lights flicker when driving. Citroen said it is a characteristic of the car, but wouldn't elaborate on this. Outside Citroen it seems to be considered that the wiring is not up to the loading.

    I like the ride. It's better than a Mondeo's as you don't get out after a long distance feeling as fatigued.

    Citroen can't seem to make their minds up on service intervals for the 2.2 diesel: 10,000 or 12,500 miles, 12 months or two years. The manual is not clear on this either. And they can't make their minds up whether full synthetic or semi should be used in the engines. The manual is clear on this, though some dealers put semi in, which can shorten the life of the paticulate filter.

    Reliabilty has been good. It's a pity that some Citroen main dealers and head office didn't seem to know their cars very well.

  • 1.6 HDi 110 VTR 5dr

    philip hall , yorks . Date: 26/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    For a 1600cc this new 16-valve HDI has penty of talk once it gets up to 1700 revs. On ecconomy having filled the car up to full, after the first quarter on the guage it has done 210 miles - all urban motoring.

    It is a lot more comfortable than the previous C5, a lot smother and a quieter drive. (No nasty knocks from the rear suspension.) For anyone doing a lot of urban driving, I would think this to be an excellent car regarding comfort and economy. The auto wipers, windows and lights add to the relaxing drive also. It's a big car without the expense of constant re-fueling.

    Taking into account all the recalls that where done on the old C5, I am expecting the new refinements to make this a top-class car. So far it is not disappointing me. It feels totally different from its predecessor.

  • 2.2 HDi Exclusive Auto 5dr

    Graham Priscott Date: 27/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Excellent ride quality - not really appreciated until you drive something else over a regular stretch of road.

    Road noise a little disappointing over rough tarmac.

    Handling is more than acceptable for those of us who drive at sensible speeds on public roads. For the really twisty bits there's always the sport mode on the suspension, which firms things up without making the ride too harsh.

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