The C4 Picasso five-seat MPV marks a return to more interesting Citroen models. And it's at its best with the top BlueHDi 150 diesel engine installed under the bonnet. Performance meets prudence here. Jonathan Crouch reports.
The second generation Citroen C5 continues to offer a surprisingly strong package in the Mondeo-sized medium range market sector. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the improved version
Unmistakably German: that, believe it or not, was the advertising strap line devised for the big promotional push of the 2008 Citroen C5. In the TV ad a blonde businessman drives the car through a German landscape backed by a Wagner soundtrack. Boris pauses only to eat some Bratwurst in a bier keller before parking up at Berlin's Brandenburg gate. The Citroen C5, a heavily accented voiceover tells us, is "unmistakably German - made in France".
The intention was to underline the supposed Germanic quality of the C5, positioning it as an alternative to the increasingly popular saloons from BMW and Audi. The effect was to undermine a century of Citroen heritage, diverting attention from the reasons that people might actually buy a C5. The car is big, comfortable, well equipped and not German. It's also distinctly affordable on the used market.
The second generation Citroen C5 continues to offer a surprisingly strong package in the Mondeo-sized medium range market sector. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the improved version with BlueHDi 150 engine most will want
Looking for a good looking, reliable, fast, big diesel car? Citroen might not be your first port of call but the latest C5 BlueHDi 180 is well worth a look. Jonathan Crouch reports.
If Citroen's C5 is to succeed here, sales of the Tourer estate version are crucial. Just as well that it seems to be a stylish and accomplished product then. Jonathan Crouch reports.
Is there a place for petrol in our light commercial vehicles, Citroen thinks its Dispatch 2.0i can carve out a niche with a little help. Steve Walker reports.
Nine-seater large MPVs were essentially mini-buses until cars like Citroen's Dispatch Combi came along. Having tried this huge People Carrier, Jonathan Crouch thinks a growing family could very happily live with it.