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Citroen C5, front
Citroen C5, side
Citroen C5, rear
Citroen C5, interior

THE latest Citroen C5 has been around since 2008 and it still looks surprisingly fresh up against the competition.

As with all large Citroens it has the most marvellous ride that is not only the best in class, but better than most executive cars two classes above.

In fact this big Citroen's amazing fluidity over the worst of surfaces is an absolute revelation and shows just how comfortable a car 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 real criticism - overall, it is simply superb.

The Mk III model was available with 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0-litre petrol engines, but the vast majority on sale are diesels, with either 110bhp 1.6 or 140, 160 and 200bhp 2.0-litre.

All offer reasonable or excellent performance and the 2.0-litre TD is capable of low emissions and 47mpg, helped by a standard six-speed gearbox.

The dash layout is great, with everything in view and reach and, if the boot's not big enough, there's an estate with enough space for a small pony.

The interior is vast, with superb rear legroom and a split-folding back seat just in case you need a sleep. And reliability, according to owners, is now very good.


Price: Pay about £6,300 for a '10 10-reg VTR+, or £9,800 for a '12 12-reg Exclusive

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

Max Speed: 127mph

0-62mph: 9.5 seconds

Combined MPG:47

Insurance Group: 23

C02 emissions: 153g/km


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