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Used Citroën C5 (08 - 16) review

(2008 - 2016)
Citroën C5 (08 - 16)
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Which used Citroën C5 saloon should I buy?

Finding a petrol-powered C5 is not easy, because nearly all new buyers favour diesels. The 2.0-litre petrol feels livelier than the1.8-litre version - and isn't noticeably more thirsty. There is an automatic petrol model, but these are extremely rare on the used market.

By contrast, there's a wide range of diesels available, which should suit all. Frugal drivers should go for the 108bhp 1.6-litre which averages 50.4mpg, but we would choose the 136bhp 2.0-litre, because it provides the best blend of performance and economy. If it's extra power you want, then check out the 171bhp 2.2-litre, or the 205bhp 2.7-litre - or even the 3.0-litre V6 with 237bhp.

The entry-level SX comes equipped with climate and cruise controls as well as all-round electric windows. Choose the VTR+ and you'll get alloys, automatic lights and wipers, and dual-zone climate control. In mid '09 the VTR+ Nav edition was launched with sat-nav as standard. The top-of-the-range Exclusive models bring electrically adjustable seats, parking sensors and a gas suspension system as standard.

Which used Citroën C5 saloon should I buy?

Finding a petrol-powered C5 is not easy, because nearly all new buyers favour diesels. The 2.0-litre petrol feels livelier than the1.8-litre version - and isn't noticeably more thirsty. There is an automatic petrol model, but these are extremely rare on the used market.

By contrast, there's a wide range of diesels available, which should suit all. Frugal drivers should go for the 108bhp 1.6-litre which averages 50.4mpg, but we would choose the 136bhp 2.0-litre, because it provides the best blend of performance and economy. If it's extra power you want, then check out the 171bhp 2.2-litre, or the 205bhp 2.7-litre - or even the 3.0-litre V6 with 237bhp.

The entry-level SX comes equipped with climate and cruise controls as well as all-round electric windows. Choose the VTR+ and you'll get alloys, automatic lights and wipers, and dual-zone climate control. In mid '09 the VTR+ Nav edition was launched with sat-nav as standard. The top-of-the-range Exclusive models bring electrically adjustable seats, parking sensors and a gas suspension system as standard.