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Citroën C5 Hatchback (2001 - 2004) 2.0 HDi SX (110bhp) 5d Owner Review

2.0 HDi SX (110bhp) 5d
Citroen C5 Hatchback

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In their own words

I have always liked Citroens but have only owned one diesel prior to this one and boy, was it a dog! So I approached this with trepidation, thinking I would have to slow down a bit. Not a jot, this car has plenty of poke, enough to give me the odd scare while getting used to it! Thankfully, my licence is still clean but still, power when I want it and 40mpg in towns? What's not to like? The car was bought at the cheap end of the market and had a problem with the handbrake, cured by fitting replacement front calipers. Worrying because it had rebuilt calipers that were still shiny. Once these were changed, the car has sailed through 2 MOTs and no advisories. Even if the Tester does complain tat my cars always jump off his test rig! However, this has its uses. A lunatic cyclist owes his life to the fact that this big, heavy car can pull up from 55mph in the width of a typical dual carriageway. The interior is spacious and airy with good visibility. The auto wipers work well, even they do occasionally send the wipers into fast wipe! A swift switch off and on sorts this. She also occasionally turns off the auto lights! This is quite common, caused by 'Ghost Faults" in the computer control. Not a problem as such and easily sorted but it does mean I need to keep an eye on the instruments. The car is a fantastic A-road and motorway cruiser, able to stay at 70moh until the tank is empty. Hill climbing is better than I expected as is the B road performance. However, this is no sports car, you can hustle it into a bend but the car protests! Best to sit back and enjoy the ride. Aircon has automatic control that can be a little over-enthusiastic, blowing cold air when warm or at least ambient air is required. On very hot days it is simply excellent! Overall, a car I would recommend. Go on, you know you want one!!!!

Does the car do everything you expected it to do?

Very roomy and comfortable, surprisingly nippy for a diesel, super motorway cruiser. Only thing I miss is a rear wash/wipe but you soon learn to live without one!
  • How they rated it

  • Reliability: 3 out of 5 3.0
  • Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 5.0
  • Nigel Terry recommends this car

About their car

  • Fuel type Diesel
  • When purchased March 2014
  • Condition when bought Used
  • Current Mileage 189,000 miles
  • Average MPG 47 mpg