Which used Citroën C5 hatchback should I buy?
Go for a model from after 2004, when the C5 got a facelift that improved the styling, as well as boosting kit levels and addressing some of the car's reliability problems.
Then pick a diesel. The 1.6 is the smallest available, but its 110bhp hauls the car well and economically. Otherwise, pick the 136bhp 2.0 diesel. If neither suits, the 1.8 or 2.0 petrols are reasonable choices, but steer well clear of the 3.0 V6 because it is thirsty and dear to insure.
Entry LX trim is loaded with kit but move up to the next level, called, Design, if you want alloy wheels and rear electric windows. The sporty VTR or top-spec 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 Lane Departure Warning System that rouses a sleepy driver should the car wander across lanes, but it's a rare sight on used C5s.