The used Citroen C5 is the first large modern vehicle from the French manufacturer you may actually want to purchase
The used Citroen C5 is the first large modern vehicle from the French manufacturer you may actually want to purchase. This is because the second generation C5, which was introduced in 2008, is a considerable improvement on its predecessor and a worthy rival to the all-conquering Ford Mondeo.This capable hatchback/estate range is available with a baffling array of ten engines. Considering these in turn would take longer than actually building the car from scratch, so let's focus on the highlights. These include the economical 2.0-litre 140bhp diesel which returns a cost-effective combined average of 48mpg. Alternatively, motorists more interested in speed may prefer the throaty 3.0-litre V6. This diesel powered beast produces 240bhp, rockets to 60mph in 7.7 seconds, and is capable of a mighty 155mph. The Citroen C5 earns further plaudits for offering two suspension set-ups. The first is the traditional steel spring arrangement which is common on most cars, and the second a 'hydropneumatic' system. Both provide a smooth comfortable ride, decent handling, and a relaxing way to cruise from A to B. However, the steel spring system gives the car a more direct feel than the hydropneumatic, which by contrast produces a smoother ride. A further reason to consider buying the C5 is Citroen's recent build quality improvements. This motorway mile-muncher therefore feels more robust than previous models, but the jury is 'still out' on long term durability. Let's hope the electrics in particular are properly connected as this well equipped machine has numerous gadgets. These include the electric parking brake, a lane departure warning system, and electronic stability protection. Motoring.co.uk's database reveals the second generation used Citroen C5 is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £11,500.