Used Citroën C5 Hatchback (2001 - 2004) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
The C5 replaced the Xantia in 2001. It's a supremely comfortable car with clever 'active' hydro-pneumatic suspension that is very comfortable.
3.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    2 out of 5

A four-star Euro NCAP was awarded in 2001, but this is now starting to look ordinary against class-leading five-star models like the Renault Laguna, Toyota Avensis, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Saab 9-3. All models have remote central locking, while models from VTR upwards add an alarm.

3 out of 5


As with all new cars, build quality is on an upward curve of improvement. But Citroën still has a long way to go to meet standards set by rivals. Watch out for electrical breakdowns, and that air suspension is ripe for problems.

Car check problem points


Check for parking dents and flaky paintwork, especially on bumpers.


Lots of gearbox problems reported. Leaking hydraulics and faulty fuel pumps.


A variety of problems noted, from suspension failures, electrical components needing replacement to cruise control jamming and anti-pollution sensor faults.