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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It's a quirky alternative to more mainstream rivals, with a super-smooth ride

Against It loses value steeply during its early years and any suspension faults are costly to fix

Verdict You'll find killer depreciation on early cars, but avoid that and you can bag a bargain

Go for… 1.6 HDi Design

Avoid… 3.0 V6

Citroën C5 Hatchback
  • 1. The suspension needs an overhaul every five years, so check if it's been done, if necessary
  • 2. Check the clutch on a 2.0 diesel model, as it may need rebuilding after 50,000 miles
  • 3. Watch out for problems on automatics - the control unit can go haywire
  • 4. Practicality is a major plus - the boot is huge and well shaped, and the wide tailgate opens easily
  • 5. You won't find a much bigger car in this class. Space is excellent front and back
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