Citroen started off claiming the C5 would beat most Mondeo-class competitors for residual value, and match the best-in-class VW Passat, but it hasn't worked out quite like that. Still, the company has resisted discounting the car heavily, and this has helped: C5 holds its value at class-average levels, and better than previous bigger Citroens

The C5 was clearly designed from the beginning to be a painless car to own, and that's the triuth about it. Insurance is competitive, service intervals are long and costs are affordable, and Citroën’s reputation for good after-sales practice is getting better.

Citroen's C5 is well priced against rivals, and its residuals compare okay, too.

Even the CO2 rating isn’t too bad for a car of this size and power, though with the cleanest C5 – the-120g/km e-HDi 1.6 diesel – the range is lacking the fleet-favourite sub-115g/km model that Ford and VW both offer in the Mondeo and Passat.

The C5 is at least competitively priced and very well equipped next to comparable rivals, but a shortage of engine options makes the line-up look noticeably more limited next to the spread of engines offered by more mainstream competition.

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