Used Citroën C5 2001 - 2008 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2001 - 2008 review
Citroën C5 (01 - 08)
  • Citroën C5 (01 - 08)
  • Citroën C5 (01 - 08)
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What's the used Citroën C5 hatchback like?

It's a big smooth cruiser that's quirky in the way Citroens used to be. Gas-filled spheres do the work of the springs and dampers you'll find in other cars to produce a floaty ride; you'll hear the wheels as they thump into potholes but you won't feel a thing. Wind and road noise is kept out, too, creating a wonderfully hushed cabin as you glide along.

The diesel engines are quiet and powerful, although the 1.8 petrol makes some noise. If you corner the car 'enthusiastically', the amount of body roll will alarm you at first. However, the car does grip well, although you may not feel comfortable as it does, and the steering's lack of feel doesn't help.

There's ample room and a good view out for every passenger, they can all sit comfortably in its wide body. The boot is huge, too, a good, square shape, and the tailgate is wide and opens easily.