A reliable, comfortable cruiser
Nothing at all.
Fuel consumption is somewhat higher than the brochure states. It now returns 38-40MPG, but before it hit 10,000 miles it was in the low 30's.
Engine seems to have loosened up nicely now, very responsive and more economical.
Build quality seems faultless.
The C5 is extremely comfortable, although there is no lumbar support or base angle adjustment that I had on my last car, I have had no trouble getting comfortable. The armrests on the SX models and above are excellent for long distance cruising.
Hydractive suspension with Sport mode provides excellent ride quality and prevents body roll when pressing on.
Automatic lights have a habit of coming on when you don't want them to, but you can turn the auto system off.
Auto wipers are good.
The C5 is not a car well suited to throwing round country lanes at high speeds - it's a big heavy car and feels more at home cruising.
The cabin is huge, with ample room in the back for 3 adults, the absence of a "transmission tunnel" down the centre of the car makes the centre seat far more comfortable than most other cars. The boot is also usefully large.
It would look better with 16" alloys wheels than the 15's my car has; I believe that the latest ones do all come with 16" alloys.
Overall, I've been very impressed with the reliability and quality of this car. I had expected a few teething troubles, but I haven't had any.
The best bit is the price - I paid £5,000 less for it than the Ford dealer wanted for a Mondeo TDCi Ghia. Be prepared to haggle with the dealers - there's a lot more discount to be had than the advertised "cashback" deals; in my case I got £2000 cashback plus an additional £2000 off the price and free metallic paint.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th November, 2003