What’s big, French, and useless? Obviously that could apply to many things including the front row that faced England in the Rugby World Cup semi-final, but it’s usually a description reserved for large salons built by Citroën.

Longer and wider than the tired old duffer it replaces, the new C5 will be available early next year. Most obvious is its rather Germanic look, a big departure from the usual Gallic eccentricity.

It’s promised with a range of the usual trademark Citroën techno-wizardry, loads of comfort, a huge engine range and of course stone-drop depreciation will come no doubt as standard. Shame really because this one looks like it could be a winner, ghastly interior aside.