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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The biggest burden for the new buyer is depreciation - the 2001-2004 C5 performed poorly against rivals - particularly in petrol forms, but as the car ages, this is becoming less of an issue for buyers. Diesels offer excellent fuel economy and petrols compare well to rivals. However, a diesel estate will be easier to sell on and won't depreciate as quickly as other models.

Service intervals are well spaced and Citroën dealers generally offer good value for money. Insurance groups are 8-14.

C5 is an environmentally friendly choice for green buyers. With an average of 174 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are quite low for a medium-sized estate. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.6-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest models in the range. The range is also fairly economical, averaging 43 mpg.

The 2004 C5 should have had many of the defects that have annoyed owners ironed out. Time will tell. However, there are still too many unexplained creaks and rattles for true peace of mind, and vehicles we have tested have displayed warning messages relating to the car's electronic systems.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,573 - £2,078 *
Diesel 131p £1,168 - £1,567 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.6 HDI 16V Diesel 145 g/km (Min) £160
3.0 V6 Petrol 238 g/km (Max) £325 - £555

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £160 - £555
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 18 - 27
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.