Citroën C5 Saloon (08 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 07 Jun 2013
4
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.

Citroën C5 Saloon (08 on)
Stylish looks, great diesel engines, well equipped, supremely comfortable ride
Residual values and reliability yet to be proven, no hatchback version

New price range:

£21,470 - £27,180

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Used price range:

£3,202 - £15,581

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

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. Another change is that this car is a saloon, whereas the old car was a hatchback. It means that it has a more upmarket image, though at the price of practicality. Although this is an all new car, it still carries over some of the old C5's core strengths: excellent diesel engines, good levels of equipment and excellent comfort. Crucially, it's now good enough to be a realistic alternative to models like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia.

In July 2012 a facelift saw the introduction of the firm's new family face alongside a raft of new optional extras like sat-nav, new colour schemes and alloy wheels. There's also a new Techno pack available which adds technological features to the C5.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 It lives outside rain or snow hot or cold. Not many cars can take that. Grip in snow good.  

4 out of 5

Maurice Jensen ,   20 Sep 2014    ... read more

 Excellent boot opening, despite being a saloon. Citroen have designed the rear window to be convex so this increases the opening size of the boot.  

5 out of 5

Peter Cunningham ,   21 Feb 2013    ... read more

 Size. I'm a Manufacturers Agent and do a lot of mileage, especially around Ireland and this is by far the most head turning, comfortable, practical car I've ever driven.  

5 out of 5

Liam de Renzy ,   02 Dec 2012    ... read more

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