Space, comfort, 2.0 HDi performance.
Steering and brakes lack feel.
The C5 replaced the Xantia in 2001. It's a supremely comfortable car with clever 'active' hydro-pneumatic suspension that is very comfortable. The airy, spacious interior is complemented by cavernous load space in the estate. A wide choice of engines includes frugal but refined turbo-diesels and a low emission direct injection petrol unit. C5 is well equipped but build quality falls short of the class leaders.
It does offer good value, but only as a used car choice, as depreciation is heavy.