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Citroën C5 Saloon 2.0 HDi 16V VTR+ 4d (2008/08)

Citroën C5 Saloon 2.0 HDi 16V VTR+ 4d (2008/08) - Owner Review

It is OK as a medium large saloon, but no better or worse than Mondeo, Passat or the like

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Review submitted by
Brian Sicobo on

Citroën C5 Saloon (08-18)


3 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
Not sure, Citroen still have a reputation for major discounts and the advert is really annoying.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
Most people seem to like the look of it and the quality of the interior is much better than old Citroens.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Absolutely not. I just can't get comfortable behind the wheel and the driving experience is hugely disappointing.

What are you likely to buy next?
Definately not one of these. To be fair they are much better than the old C5 in terms of quality and appearance but the car is just hopeless on the motorway.

Buying experience

3 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Didn't buy from a dealer

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
June 2008

Did you get a good deal and why?
Cheap contract hire deal

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Company policy

What was the dealer like?
don't know, but the local dealer was good for servicing

Driving it

2 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Absolutely hate it which is hugely disappointing for a car which most magazine reports describe as supremely comfortable. I am no youngster who wants to race around but the steering and suspension give you absolutely no idea of what it happening underneath you and don't inspire any confidence at all. The worst bit is the floating up and down on the motorway, the soft suspension seems to have no control over the body and it has a constant vertical motion as you drive along, then if you hit a sharp bump there is a corksrew motion, generally you end up feeling sick.

What's it like to park?
Harder than you expect as it is quite big and the window line is fairly high.

Living with it

2 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
No failures

What's most practical about your car?
It is OK as a medium large saloon, but no better or worse than Mondeo, Passat or the like

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
It is reasonably well equipped, the steering wheel looks good to start with but is over complicated (5 buttons for the cruise control) and the horn button is hard to find.

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