Citroen DS5 Hybrid 4 Road Test Road Tests Honest John

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We Brits have never to large, French cars. It t matter who s made them or how they ve been, we ve never them in any great number. The of previous efforts is a roll-call of and near misses, from the XM and Renault Vel Satis, through to the 607 and the oddball Renault Avantime.

But is giving it another go, adding the DS5 to its DS Line. This time, the story should be a little as the DS5 has a trick up its sleeve: a diesel-electric drivetrain. Hybrid 4 debuts in the DS5 and the economy of a 2.0-litre diesel (which you ll find in other of the DS5) with the zero emissions that comes an 27kW electric motor.

It offers 200bhp, four-wheel 74mpg, and an official emissions of just 99g/km CO2. 99g/km. That not only it for free road tax (astonishing for a of this size) and London Charge exemption, but will it incredibly appealing for company car

It represents an improvement in CO2 over the diesel of between 30 and 35 per cent in the and between 10 and 15 per cent on the open

The sting in the tail is that as an adopter you’re paying a premium for that cutting-edge Like any latest technology, it come cheap and at 33,000 buyers — particularly living outside London may decide that they never see a return on that But there’s more to the DS5 than on a spreadsheet — the feather in its cap is the

It continues the bold styling of DS3 and DS4 and as a it’s unlike anything on the road.

It looks good and is finished, mixing styling from the world of aviation materials that you’d to see in high-end luxury cars. The sits in a wrap-around cockpit-like in a body-hugging seat with a Top head-up display, but the biggest is the way that the switches are laid

With roof mounted for the roof blinds and head-up plus those for the electric and central door locking on the console, it s possible to consider for a second whether you ll be flying or to work. The downside is that it a little while to master the The layout of switches have more standardised in recent so you expect things like the controls to be on the door — but in the DS5 not.

Doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong, just

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In producing its most luxurious car Citroen has scoured the globe for of the best quality materials and that money can buy. has meant turning to the UK: the machine-turned is made in Wales by the same that produces similar for the well-known luxury makes.

The equipment level offered on DS5 is generous there s not a single that you ll want for. In to that head-up display, LED interior lighting throughout, that will automatically dip the beam, a reversing camera, a departure warning system keyless entry and start. The caveat to that is that the DS5 isn t on in the UK until the first quarter of and at launch there was no UK-specific list.

Practicality hasn’t forgotten either, with a big (468 litres, though less in the Hybrid4 to make for the batteries) and plenty of head and in the back. Sadly it’s not all news. The biggest gripe is the quality — a real considering this has always one of Citroen’s strengths. Around it crashes and bashes its way over and bumps while out on the open it picks up even slight — uncomfortable for front and passengers alike.

The handling is better though, good turn-in from the excellent levels of grip and placed pedals.

The petrol is the 1.6-litre THP with 200bhp it s one of the that Citroen has co-developed BMW. It s a great engine in Citroens (and Peugeots and but its character isn t well suited to the DS5 with the six-speed manual It needs to be revved hard to get the from it and as a result is rather

At lower speeds it s over races through the rev range and requires a gear changes. a great engine in Citroen’s hot but doesn’t really suit a tourer like the DS5. said, most buyers opt for the smoother 163bhp 2.0-litre

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