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Examined 28.3.01

Primarily based on PSA’s new Platform 3 (which later underpinned the Peugeot 407), the C5’s clear and crisp detailing couldn’t disguise its awkward tackle the basic, three-box profile. The newest iteration of Citroën’s hydraulic suspension boasted elevated computing energy, performing by the use of six fluid-filled spheres.

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Regardless of an absence of appeal, the budget-friendly 16-valve petrol engine delivered cheap efficiency by way of 5 well-chosen ratios in a slick handbook gearbox. It cruised quietly and the brakes had been delicate however efficient.

The hydraulic suspension tailored to hurry, driving fashion and highway floor, and will elevate the experience top by as much as 53mm.

It helped produce breathtaking experience consolation, though numb steering meant the dynamic expertise was extra gratifying for passengers than the motive force.

The C5 had respectable rear leg room and an infinite boot. Driver consolation was wonderful and inside finishes had been prime drawer. Entry-level equipment included rain-sensitive wipers, six airbags, auto locking and air-con.

FOR Tools, huge boot, good seats, gearchange AGAINST Numb steering and brakes, doubtful styling

Value £14,580 Engine 4 cyls in line, 1749cc, petrol Energy 117bhp at 5500rpm Torque 120lb ft at 4000rpm 0-60mph 11.4sec 0-100mph 38.0sec Standing quarter 18.3sec, 76mph High velocity 119mph Economic system 28.1mpg

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT… A 2004 facelift launched a 110bhp 1.6-litre diesel, extra inside house and new gizmos equivalent to elective lane departure warning. The Mk2 C5 changed the hatch with a saloon in 2008, alongside the property model. Delicate facelifts in 2011 and 2012 didn’t ignite gross sales and it was withdrawn from UK sale in 2016. The title returned to Europe in 2018 on the C5 Aircross SUV.


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