Citroen C5 - Used

Car Review

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

SOME car makers are now learning the lesson that most buyers would rather have more comfort than the lower quality of ride that often comes from sports suspension.

But Citroen knew that years ago when it came up with the C5, which at the time the first model came out in 2001, was one of the best riding cars in the world.

Here, I'll concentrate on the last model built between 2008 and 2018, as saloon and estate.

Citroen's reputation for reliability had improved dramatically when this third model came along and, bought carefully, with full service history, it is right up there with the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia at the top of the large family car class.

Coming back to that superb ride, it really is the very best you can get for the money, wafting occupants along in cosseting comfort over all surfaces.

So good is it, that it's more comfortable than most Audis or BMWs in the executive class above and even better than some luxury saloons costing three times as much.

The big Citroen's amazing fluidity over the worst of surfaces is an absolute revelation and shows just how comfortable a car can be.

The excellence doesn't stop there either. It also hugs the road through corners, with very little roll and tremendous levels of grip.

This is backed up by fantastic balance and safety even on the limit and the only downside is slightly lifeless steering.

There is just one petrol engine and that's the ubiquitous Peugeot/Citroen 1.6 THP turbo, which is available in both 120 and 156bhp power outputs.

Despite being quick enough for 0 to 62 miles an hour in 8.6 seconds, the smooth and quiet higher output unit is also decently economical, managing a best of 40mpg.

But of course, the petrol models were hugely outsold by the diesels - always a strong point in the Citroen armoury. Smallest is a 1.6 HDi with 115bhp, which offers decent performance and excellent economy of 53mpg.

The other diesel is a 2.0 HDi with either 140, 150 or 160bhp, and the best of them - the Blue HDi - has a government average of 67mpg, while still managing the 60 miles an hour sprint in 9.1 seconds.

The most likely models to find secondhand are those with the top selling 140bhp 2.0-litre, which offer good performance and 48mpg.

The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual with an easy change and a light clutch, but the 2.0-litre engines were also available with a six-speed automatic.

Equipment in the mid-range VTR includes traction control, alarm, climate control, plenty of seat and column adjustment and cruise.

It also has audio remote controls, heated mirrors, folding back seats, six airbags and electric windows all round.

All of the above details also apply to the estate, which is simply a more practical version of the same car.

Pay about £5,150 for a '15 15-reg 1.6 HDi VTR saloon, or £10,450 for a '17 17-reg 2.0-litre Blue HDi VTR+ Tourer estate.

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