Which used Citroën C5 estate should I buy?
Go for a model from after 2004, when the C5 had a facelift that improved the looks of the original car, as well as boosting kit levels and addressing some of the car's reliability problems (see 'What to look out for'). Then pick a diesel.
The 1.6 is the smallest available, and its 110bhp is strong, but the 136bhp 2.0 diesel is the better all rounder.
If neither suits, the 2.0 petrol is reasonable, but the 1.8 struggles when the car is laden. Also avoid the 3.0 V6 - it's thirsty and dear to insure.
Entry-level LX trim is loaded with kit, but move up to Design if you want alloy wheels and rear electric windows. The sporty VTR or top-trim Exclusive are worth considering, providing you pay only a couple of hundred pounds extra.
When it was new, the car could be fitted with cutting-edge extras including a device to rouse a sleepy driver should the car wander across lanes, but we have rarely seen it on a used C5.