I couldn't believe my luck when I was actually given this car. A huge navy blue Citroen C5 VTR Estate. I'm in no way a car technophobe, I know how to change a tyre and put petrol, water and anti-freeze in and that pretty much sums up my knowledge, other than the engine is a scary thing in the front and there a big space in the back where I can put my shopping.
The first time I got in the car I was amazed at the space. Looking in the review mirror I could see the car went back a long way. I was already on a high as I'd never had a car with the electric key thing that you could lock and unlock the car with from the other side of the road. Big new world for me.
Just sitting there and looking around, I could feel the comfort in the car. The driver's seat has lots of options so easy to adjust it to my style. A good added bonus was both front seats have an inside arm rest. I didn't realise at the time but after many many miles of long dual-carriage way and motorway driving the armrest is a brilliant addition.
The car itself is a smooth drive in any whether conditions. The onboard computer display thing was confusing at first but once used to it, you can get a lot of info as to how you should be driving for maximum mileage. These options can be quickly scrolled through just by depressing the very end of the wiper bits on one of the steering column arms.
The boot area on this car is massive, to me anyway from what I'd been used to. The rear seats fold down pretty flat so open up the space even more. You can get a lot of stuff into these cars and they really come into their own for a good tip run.
I find the C5 estate a bit of a slug for acceleration but a speed of 100mph doesn't even make the car blink. Often I'll find myself doing between 85 and 90 without realising and have to bring it down a pace. Cruises beautifully at 70. 3K revs per minute on the flat give roughly 67 miles per hour. The car for my style of driving, which includes an even mix of town and dual carriageway, averages at near 25.9mpg so quite heavy on unleaded.
All in all, in my opinion, the car is slow on acceleration and because it's long it can be a nuisance to park in town. The comfort is fantastic, good space and legroom. I've had the car now for 18 months and it's still as reliable as it's ever been. A good comfy car with lots of things to play with.
Citroen C5 2.0 VTR petrol Estate,bought mine in late 2006 from Citroen main dealer as a demo car with only 1700 miles on the clock about 6 months old for £10,000!! A whopping £7000 below new price,a real steal,I just love to grab a bargain can't you just tell? They even gave me a more than generous PX offer for my horrible 03 plate Fiat Ulysse,so all I needed was £3500 to make the change over.I ran the car for a year with no problems ,putting abot 10,000 miles on it.In that time the only niggle was the fuel cap would not stay shut,otherwise everything worked as it should.My model was the face lift 06 model that had been around hardly 2 years,alot better looking from the front than the old model.It was well equipped having aircon,large alloys,good sound system ,Mp3,CD etc.I liked the controls for the sound system on the steering wheel,very neat.However the interior was rather dull,cheap plastics abound and did not feel like such a good quality job compared with my wifes BMW,ok it was only 10K and as new so not complaining.Whatch out for depreceation and long term running costs can be pricey for a Citroen.I sold 1 year later for £7500,not too bad but it was very hard to sell.Diesel version would have been a better buy but I would never have found a nearly new one for the price I paid.Huge comfortable load lugger,a big thumbs up from me.Don't be fooled by the "VTR" badge,its no great performer but I did not get it to race in.
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We have had this car for just over thress years now and whilst this car does not have a very good reputation we have had very few problems with it.
This is the second C5 Estate we have had. The first we had for 4 years and only replaced it because we have to replace our car every 4 years because of my husbands job.
I would say that our current car has probably not been as reliable as the previous one. There were a number of reason whay we bounght this car. The first being the absolutely huge boot space. Ok its an estate but even so the boot is a wonderful usuable size. It is a very square loading space so you dont have any lumps and bumps to get in the way when you are trying to load stuff in (we have fitted a tumble dryer in the back with no problem). The second reason was its three year warranty. This gives you plenty of confidence that should anything go wrong you won't be hit with a large bill (unless its wear and tear like the brakes which aren't covered. We have had a few issues, the heater decided to stop working last winter and the cruise control failed a few days after we bought it but they were all put right with no quibbles and at no expense to ourselves. On our last version they even replaced on of the pull handles which were getting worn! probably the final main reason was the price - we bought it new for about £14,000, because you can usually get a good deal - be it it VAT free or a discount - and this price just made it such good value for money.
The engine is responsive and provides enough power in overtaking situations. The ride is comfortable and smooth - which you would expect from a Citroen with its specialised suspension. It also contains 3 12v connections - one of which is in the boot which is ideal when we go camping for plugging the electric fridge into.
This car just provides just fantastic value for money I can easily allow its little niggles