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Car review: Citroen DS5

French creased panels, tinted and loads of chrome… the DS5 is a crowd

Price £27,600

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Years ago, having a string of scrap-yard survivors, hand-me-downs and persistent MOT offenders, I the time had finally come to buy a car. One that would four figures (just), a number plate in the current run of the and which wouldn’t bring a of disappointment to my father’s eye. I for my local garage where the looked me up and down before towards the far corner of his yard: you want is flash but not much

And no car does that better a Citroën BX… He was dead right, about me and the BX.

The now defunct BX was a disarming of luxury (electric windows, suspension, tinted sunroof), in a stylish package and propped up on a unimpressive foundation.

It was a template worked brilliantly for Citroën and of drivers (including myself) delighted, though often But hey, it was a proper car.

The generation of Citroëns, however, is with this blueprint. For the they’re still gadget-heavy and luxurious… but their underpinnings are no as dubious.


The most recent car to buck the is the innovative DS5 Hybrid4 – the world’s mass-produced diesel-electric hybrid It will do a wallet-tranquillising 74mpg and its CO 2 dip below the magic 100g per km which means it avoids road tax and London’s congestion These figures are all the more when you consider that the DS5 is large and posh.

It’s a five-seat premium not some green-conscious bandwagon hemp seats and a whiff of

From the outside it’s a bit of a part saloon, part part MPV, the DS5 is unlike any car you’ll see in your local Two long swishes of chrome up from its front corners to a angled dark windscreen, a pair of metal ice-hockey There’s plenty more along the sills and snaking the front valance, bracketing the like the silver glints on the of designer sunglasses.

The bonnet is as creased as a linen napkin and the are sculpted and shapely.

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The interior is a banquet of high-grade leather and soft-touch plastics. sweep around the driver, down the central console and the ceiling. The digital dash information past you with graphics.

It all feels a bit Top Gun at times.

But really sets the DS5 apart is its power unit. A 161bhp, turbo diesel drives the wheels and a 36bhp electric the rear. The result is a four-wheel-drive with 200bhp.

You can switch the around and choose sport, or all-electric drive, or you can do what of us will – select auto and let the car decide.

Pioneering though the car may be, there are a few touches to remind you of the Citroëns of The gearbox feels jerky and at times, the weight of the car means it a heavy foot to get you going, and the is maddeningly inept. The lack of a cubby also means time you turn a corner the fob slides off the polished surface.

But more than enough to blind you to any faults.

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