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Citroen DS5 review (2012

What — Citroën DS5

— Nice, France

— October 2011

— £23,000 —

Available — March

Summary — The DS5 is a bold and design in the best Citroën It drives well but isn’t as as its looks suggest. Instead, the comfort and the drama of interior stand out.


If too much of a youthful, go-getting, for its core range of family-focused Citroën reckons it has the answer. The DS consists of models with a more panache and fire in bellies or French luxury as calls it.

This DS5 is the third DS to emerge, unless you count the Citroën DS circa 1955, a groundbreaker that’s still out as a seminal moment in the brand’s

The 5 joins the DS3 and the DS4, which are versions of the C3 supermini and C4 family respectively. But despite the obvious it would be doing the DS5 a disservice to it’s merely Citroën’s C5 Mondeo rival in fancy

The car boasts the flamboyantly sporty cues that mark it out as a DS but the are stockier than a C5’s. The nose, high window and tailgate rear give it the of a giant hot hatch. It’s too though, with an upright position more akin to a SUV than a traditional family or estate.

It all makes the DS5 a tough car to and the waters are only muddied by a raft of aeronautically inspired features that have thrown in. Toggle switches on the a gear lever modelled on a flight stick and a heads-up all crop up in the cabin.


engines make the team from launch. The two HDi diesels, a one and a quicker 2.0-litre 160hp are expected to take 85% of DS5 sales. A turbo is the sole petrol and the quickest DS5 thanks to its 200hp.

It’s expected to get just 5% of the

That leaves 10% of the mix that go a third way, to another but no ordinary diesel. The DS5 has been to debut Citroën’s innovative hybrid technology. The Hybrid4 has a 2.0-litre HDI 160 diesel engine the front wheels and an electric to drive the rear ones.

The two options can work independently or in to provide four-wheel-drive traction. 4×4 or zero-emission electric can be selected via a dial on the centre as can an auto mode which the best settings for the driving

The diesel hybrid tech a treat. It’s smooth, and only let down occasionally by the reactions of the self-shifting gearbox. In it’s capable of running in mode for significant periods, if gentle with the throttle, and silent while doing so.

Even with diesel burned, the refinement of the Hybrid4 is a of steps ahead of the THP 200 petrol which is quick but noisy at revs.

Ride and handling

Citroën has consciously set out to give the DS5 a personality than has been the in the French marque’s up-scale of late. The 200 THP model pushes the furthest with standard 19 and sports suspension but its low speed is harsh as a result.

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Models on wheels without the sporty and damper settings ride and that suits the DS5. better as a luxurious cruiser it is hot-footing it up a mountain pass.

Luxury isn’t a word used to dropping into about Citroëns but the DS5 goes to lengths to achieve a premium The designers claim they the globe to source the right and the cabin is definitely big on wow-factor its upmarket trim finishes and design.

Practicality wise, the boot is a generous 468 litres and the adequate seat accommodation would be by more headroom and space the front seats. The Hybrid 4 has a boot to make room for its but clever design means it sacrifice too much.

Economy and


The diesel hybrid is the efficiency standard bearer emissions dipping under the 100g/km mark and 74mpg — provided you choose the wheel size. It’s the DS5 though and priced accordingly.

minded customers who’d not spend £30,000 on their car can opt for the e-HDi diesel, which has assisting it to 114g/km and 64mpg.

kit is plentiful and the usual core are supported by some high-tech to help shuffle occupants out of way. The heads-up display drivers looking at the road of the time, which can’t be Then there’s Citroën’s Departure Warning System, emergency assistance and full headlights that dip automatically another car approaches.

With elements of saloon, crossover SUV and, er, light the DS5 is a family car with a refreshingly approach. Citroën’s proud of innovation is reflected in the fresh of the exterior and a swish cabin littered with talking It looks and feels a step or two from the broad cross-section of it could count as rivals.

A stable and comfortable performer on the the DS5 has a solid diesel engine topped by the thoroughly impressive model. The firmer, sportier 200 THP moves away from strengths and doesn’t hit the same

If you’ve become used to big cars from mainstream for their inability to excite, the DS5 is an with genuine pizazz might bring you back to the A lot will hinge on how residual hold up but this is still a with premium pretensions and a chance at success.

CITROEN DS5 Electric Cars
CITROEN DS5 Electric Cars
CITROEN DS5 Electric Cars
CITROEN DS5 Electric Cars
CITROEN DS5 Electric Cars
CITROEN DS5 Electric Cars
CITROEN DS5 Electric Cars


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