Citroën DS5 THP200 CARmag co za

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NICE, FRANCE. At the conference on Monday evening said that its new DS5 is extremely to classify and that rivals are hard to identify. The press man as far as saying the DS5 is “unclassifiable”.

While some reading on the plane to I noted that journalists to already be rather confused the segment-busting newcomer, some of citing SUV/crossovers such the BMW X1 and Q3 as rivals and others identifying the A3 Sportback or even VW Scirocco.

spending a considerable amount of in the car the past few days, however, I I’ve figured it out. has taken the recipe used by BMW to the much-lamented 5 Series GT. but as usual cooking has trumped the German and the result is actually far more I say this as someone who actually likes the 5 Series GT… The rest of the can’t stomach it.

The DS5 is essentially a large hatchback a higher seating position (40 mm than in a C5) and a superbly crafted from the finest materials. It is on the Peugeot-Citroën platform two – the same is used for the C4 – but with wider (40-50 mm in front and 80-100 mm at the compared with the C4. I’ll let you up your own mind about the – wait until you see it in the metal, – because it is a very polarising

On French roads, however, it a huge amount of attention and will be pleased to hear to even BMW and Audi drivers to be impressed.

The DS5’s trump however, is its exquisite interior. searched far and wide for the best and one of the spokespersons told me that wanted the DS5 to be the equal of the Audi A4. I they’ve done it. The DS5 even premium, probably as a result of the hides used to upholster the seats – finished to mimic the of a watch’s wristband.

The focus on material quality is evident in the door handles, for which uses real not chrome-plated plastic as is often the and the soft-touch material used for the facia.

The design attempts to a cockpit feel with its centre console and overhead It comes as no surprise to learn Citroën’s designers were much inspired by the world of when penning the DS5. upwards and you’ll notice a panoramic roof, with the being the result of a panel of switches that takes of functions such as the heads-up-display position, roof screens

The instrumentation is very smart, the perceived build quality impressive and the seating position nice, too. I don’t the rear space is as impressive as I it would be, especially when at the length of the rear doors, but can sit comfortably as long as they’re not too The boot is massive, so the DS5 is a really long-distance luxury tourer.

The DS5 arrives in South Africa the first quarter of 2012 and the final line-up’s details are not yet we are likely to get the 160 HDI (a 120 kW/340 N.m 2,0-litre in manual and automatic and the range-topping 200 which uses the 147 kW/275 N.m turbopetrol developed with BMW and as in the Mini models. The 200 THP will be locally with a six-speed transmission. The diesel-electric hybrid is not destined for South Africa.

I most of my time driving the 200 The DS5 is quite a large car, so I was that it would feel a bit even with the gutsy turbo engine, but I was wrong. It was a to hustle the DS5 on the twisty roads in Cote d’Azur, and I’m happy to that it even sounds

Citroën confirmed later the engineers had done some work” on the air intake system.

its size and high-seating position, I expected a fair amount of but the DS5 stayed admirably flat in the Of course, as is the case with front-wheel drive cars days, the steering feel is numb, even though an electro-hydraulic system and not fully For such a sporty car, I’d liked a slightly smaller wheel, too.

If there’s one I don’t think is quite it is the ride. Admittedly the 200 THP model on 19-inch wheels, but I still the ride is too hard. Citroën for opinions afterwards and when I this point, I was told wanted the car to be sporty to drive. of course, this is all fine and but the DS5 is primarily a luxury tourer is it

If that is the case, the ride have been softer. The applies, by the way, to the DS4…

I found the DS5 a pleasant surprise. is partly the result of the not-as-convincing DS4 I a few weeks ago, and also the confusion regarding the DS5’s in the market makes it hard to out what to expect. It will be a challenge for Citroën to market the car and to get the across that everyone in the 000 price bracket should a test drive, because it successfully crosses over not only two, but a number of

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It is a car, however, that you’re seated in it, impresses

View a video of the DS5 here .

FACTS (DS5 200 THP)

Price: R400 000 estimated

date: first quarter

Engine: 1,6-litre turbopetrol,


Transmission: six-speed manual

147 kW/5 500 – 6 800 r/min

Torque: 275 700 – 4 500 r/min

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

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