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Citroen C5
6/10

Overall
verdict

Sensibly, Citroen struck out on its own. The C5 looks great and is refined, but others drive better.

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  • According to the C5 ads, the French want to be German. Rubbish. Germans make cars, French make love and food. It’s the law
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  • Our choice

    C5 2.0 HDi 160 Exclusive 2011 4d

    Price £24,095

    BHP 160

    LB FT 250

    MPG 57

    CO2 129

    0-62 MPH 9.10

    Top Speed 130

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What is it?

Citroen’s take on the saloon market, and one which deserves a bit more recognition than it gets. it looks great for starters, and is now much more robust inside and out.

Driving

in some ways, the C5’s strongest point. The engines are all very quiet and the 2.0-litre HDI is the pick of the bunch. The C5 also wafts along nicely. But the steering is way too vague and the handling is sloppy.

On the inside

Unlike some rivals, you can’t get this as a hatchback, which limits its practicality a bit. But the build quality is good, and the dash looks OK.

Owning

As ever, you’d have to be a little crazy buying one new. The residuals still aren’t great, despite the c5 now being a much more robust car than any predecessors. The eco-diesel engine is good for company car tax drivers as it’s so clean.

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