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    Default C5 2.0 li or the 407 2.2 li

    I'm ready to trade-in my Xsara in the next three months. Just waiting for a bit more money and the right Demo unit at a good price. I'm eyeing the 2005 C5 2.0 (new VVTI) but am tempted towards the sleeker 407. C5 has superb handling with the hydractive III but has weaker engine. The 2.2 li 407 seems a better option for engine power but there's nothing special with its road manners. I can't afford the v6's of both models, so I just have to be contented with the 4 cyl. Would you go with the new C5 or the 407?

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    Both engines are from the same family. The 2.0L EW10A (143) (C4 & C5) is the variable valve timing version of the 2.0L EW10J4 (138) (206GTi, 307, 406, and old C5). EW10J4S (180) (206GTi180 & C4VTS) has vvt. The 2.2L EW12J4 (160) also has vvt but, as you can imagine, more torque than all the other listed above.

    Oh and to answer your question. I'd go diesel 407 sedan. But that is because I hate the interior of the C5, especially the instruments. However the C5 wagon is a TARDIS.
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    There is a special on the 407 2.2 ST - $39,990 at the moment. That's a useful saving.

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    Doesn't matter what other people think I suggest driving both for an extended period (if possible, maybe a weekend if they will allow). And decide which one you like !!

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    Default C5 or Peugeot diesel

    Is the C5 still available in the 2.0 litre diesel? There is a 2.0 litre petrol. I have the 2.2 litre diesel and am very pleased with it. I think that technically there is little between them, except for the suspension, and it comes down to a personal choice as to which one you prefer in terms of appearance both externally and internally. No one but you can make that choice.

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    Performance is in a pretty similar ballpark either way; its not like one is *that* much faster than the other, nor any smoother or quieter. Diesel could be an idea as Kermit suggests.

    I too definitely prefer the C5's chassis - its a bit special whereas the 407 is only just acceptable to my mind. 407 will be more popular come resale time, but then maybe you can hit a better deal (and trade with Xsara) on a C5.
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