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Citroen C5 Overview

The Citroen C5 is in the large family car class and is manufactured by the French automobile company Citroen. This car was brought into production in 2001 to replace the Citroen Xantia, which was the Citroen previously represented in this class. This car is a real comfortable drive with a spacious interior and good suspension. It is not the best handling and steering and maybe not as good economically as some of its competitors. This vehicle comes in both hatchback and estate.

Citroen C5 History

As this car replace the Xantia it wasn’t just an evolution of this car, it had a few major changes and breakthroughs in technologies. Citroen's famous hydro-active suspension was used for the first generation (2001-08) and incorporated electric sensors to adjust the suspension accordingly to suit the driving environment. The steering and braking system used to work under the same system as the suspension but this was changed for this model. In 2004 it received a makeover which affected the front and rear end, making the car slightly bigger. The second generation (2008 - present) had a total style makeover as the hatchback body design was done away with to be replaced with a salon version. Some Citroen fans were a bit critical of this due to the ‘German’ like design which took it away from its French looking origin. In 2011 there were some minor changes to the lights and a few more diesel engines were added to the range.


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Fuel Economy

There is a wide selection of engines available for this vehicle. The petrol engines come in 1.6, 1.8, 2.0 and 3.0 V6 with the diesel options being: 1.6, 2.0, 2.2, 2.7 V6 and 3.0 V6 engines. The fuel economy of these vehicles has improved as the engines have evolved and the diesel engines are the most economical of the available engines. Remember to take in to consideration: the engine size, fuel type and age when considering the fuel economy.


The gearboxes available are 5 and 6 speed manual with a 6 speed automatic gearbox available on the second generation. There is a section of our website dedicated to Citroen gearboxes.


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