Used Citroën C5 Saloon (2008 - 2018) Safety & Reliability

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 07 Jun 2013
This handsome C5 is a vast improvement on the last car to wear the badge. It's far more sophisticated with a high quality interior, a sharper exterior design and much better build quality.

4.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    5 out of 5
  • Child Protection Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    2 out of 5

The C5 gets a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. It's a top score, although anything less than five stars would now be considered poor for this type of car. Up to nine airbags can be fitted, with seven (dual front, side and curtain) standard. There are three child seat anchor points (two in the back and one for the front passenger seat), an electronic stability programme and ABD with electronic brakeforce distribution.

On the security side, there's an alarm, deadlocks and laminated glass to help prevent break-ins.

3.5 out of 5


The original C5 launched in 2001 did not have a good reputation for reliability. A significant facelift in 2004 brought improvements in build quality, but overall it lagged behind the competition. The latest version feels much better built, uses proven diesel engines and is far better trimmed inside. This should translate into improved reliability, though time will tell if this is actually the case.

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