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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
    4 out of 5 stars

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13 reader reviews for Citroën C5 Saloon.
  • 1.6 HDi VTR+ 4dr

    brian dullaghan , northamptonshire . Date: 02/12/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my C5 for two months now. It is a smashing car and if you are looking for a saloon then make sure you check one out.

    There is no way i would swap my C5 for another motor but here are a few things to check out on a test drive.

    If you have kids that are in booster seats you will need to have the front seats very close to the steering wheel for them to have any leg room.

    The steering wheel is very big and as a result there is almost no room between it and your legs even with it as high as possible. The clutch bites very high so you realy have to lift your leg up to change gear.

    The tyres are very wide and as a result they love collecting nails etc and will cost about £150 each to replace.

    The window line is high and no good for resting your elbow out the window. The cup holder is no use at all.

    But these are all minor things that dont anoy me too much. Its a very good looking car and ive no regrets after buying it.

  • 2.0 HDi Exclusive 4dr

    martin kirk , manchester . Date: 14/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have just got rid of the mondeo 2.5t titanium x because of high running and fuel costs. Many people have said I've down graded but pesonally I feel I've up graded, becuase the c5 exclusive is a pleasure to own and drive.

    The 2.0 hdi engine doesn't have the same straight line speed but for the relaxed driver its beautifully quiet. Its biult like a tank and it's just basically gorgeous.

    I chose deep red metallic as I wanted to get away from silver and black. Overall I would 100% advise the c5 to anyone looking for a luxourious saloon, the estate version is extremely practical aswell.

    Years ago citroen used to be a company where reliablity was a huge issue but today citroen reliability is improving massively and I can't stress enough how reliable the c5 is and how the dealer is so proffessional.

  • 2.0 HDi VTR+ 4dr

    Brian Sicobo , Hampshire . Date: 25/10/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45.5

    My car

    The performance and economy are both very competitive and will match all the obvious alternatives. You will also find the overall feel of quality and durability in a different class compared to the previous C5 and most other Citroens. However I have to respond to the the constant comments I get that I must love the car because it is so comfortable. Quite frankly it is not. The steering wheel is awkward to hold and on long journeys creates tension in your neck and shoulders. Also not sure why but the seat base makes my legs ache after half an hour. The suspension on the VTR+ is steel springs but it is the softest I have ever experienced since my fathers Renault 14 in the late 1970s, on the motorway it is constantly floating up and down or if only one side hits a bump you get a corkscrew motion. After a while this gets really frustrating and if you have passengers they start to feel sick. The worst scenario is a wet and windy motorway where the floppy suspension and complete lack of feel in the steering make crosswinds a nightmare. There are aspects of this car which some people will like but do not be taken in by this myth that it is supremely comfortable, if you do a lot of motorway miles please try before you buy.

  • 2.2 HDi Exclusive 4dr

    Jamie Cunningham Date: 21/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I've come to the C5 from the Mondeo. I'm a smidge over 6'2" and find it easy to get comfortable, the seats offering more movement than in the Ford. On the Exclusive model the additional positions afforded by the hinged top half of the seat mean you can get things inch perfect. The fixed steering wheel hub does take a day of getting used to, but once you've gotten your head round the fact it doesn't move, all other cars with buttons that turn on the hub with the road seem positively archaic by comparison! Same can be said of the 'hand clap' wipers which cover the entire glass in absolute silence, or the hydractive suspension which turns any motorway trip into a magic carpet ride. The radio's terrible, there are far too many buttons cluttering the dashboard, and too many features are hidden away behind a perplexing user interface, but all told it's a fine car. Quiet, comfortable, solid. The PSA 2.2 twin-turbo diesel gives rapid progress but still gives 45mpg on trips and the projected residuals and lower repair costs mean it has been cheaper for me to lease the Citroen than the Ford. The C5 is a refreshingly different car in a peculiarly French way, made for a different - modern? - style of driving. It has no sporting intent and as has been echoed here many times, for today's roads that's something many of us are truly thankful for. Thank you, C5!

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