Best ride in the

business

THE Citroen C5 has the best ride in its class and the one above in any of the three models to bear the name.

This big Citroen's amazing fluidity over even the most undulating and potholed surfaces is an absolute revelation and shows just how good a car's ride can be.

However, its excellence doesn't stop there. It also hugs the road through corners like a sportscar, with very little roll and tremendous grip.

The steering is a little lifeless but that is my only possible suspension or handling criticism - overall, it is simply superb.

The Mk II model made between 2004 and 2008 was available with 1.8, 2.0 and 3.0-litre petrol engines, but the diesels are the ones to go for - 1.6, 2.0 and 2.2-litre HDi.

All offer reasonable or good performance and the 2.0-litre will do 47mpg with low emissions, helped by a six speed gearbox

The gearchange is smooth and slick and the clutch light.

The interior is vast, with superb rear legroom even behind my six foot frame and a massive boot.

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FAST FACTS

Price: Pay about £5,200 for an '04 54-reg VTR hatch, £5,700 for the same model as an estate. An ‘07 07-reg Exclusive hatch will be £8,600

Mechanical: 138bhp, 1,997cc, 4 cylinder diesel engine driving the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 127mph

0-62mph: 9.5 seconds

Combined MPG: 47

Insurance Group: 10

C02 emissions: 158g/km

Bik rating: 17%

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