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Citroen DS5

Quirky Citroen DS5 in Ireland soon. We’ve it.

When: October 2011

Nice, France

What: Citroen DS5

Occasion: International drive

Overall rating:

Citroen’s third DS model bold style inside and out and that makes everything look mundane in comparison. If Citroen had spent as much and attention on the suspension as it obviously has Its firm, uncompromising ride what is otherwise a fantastic, alternative to the mainstream and premium

Model tested: Citroen DS5 1.6 THP 200

Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol

Transmission: Six-speed front-wheel drive

Body five-door hatchback

Rivals: Passat, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series

CO 2 155g/km (Band C, 302 per annum)

consumption: 6.7 litres/100km (42.2mpg)

200hp at 5,500 — Torque: 275Nm at 1,700 4,500rpm

In the Metal: 5/5

When returned with the DS badge it more avant-garde design and in the DS5 really fulfilled that. nothing out there that like it, from the bold of chrome running up from the to behind the A-pillar, to the scalloped under the cabin’s windows a riot of details that an interesting, attractive whole

The drama continues inside, the cockpit-like driving environment finished and hugely stylish. of the controls take some — it not immediately obvious dial or button does — but the detailing, quality and is superb. The roof-mounted console, display and, if optioned, aping leather seats, are touches in a clever, comfortable and individual interior.

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Driving it: 3/5

in 1.6 THP guise by the BMW partnership 1.6-litre petrol engine the DS5 is brisk, that eager four-cylinder does need lots of It’s enjoyable to drive the DS5’s high levels of and stability making it a surprisingly car on a testing road. What’s not so is the ride.

Big wheels don’t help, but the DS5 is firm to the point of uncomfortable, it and bumping around town all but the smoothest of roads unsettle the car and passengers unnecessarily.

That’s disappointing, as otherwise the DS5 has a lot to offer. The might be light on feel, but quick to turn in (though prefer a proper round than flat-bottomed wheel). levels are high, giving the DS5 ability in the bends, too.

The isn’t the last word in but well placed pedals heel-and-toe shifts to keep the petrol engine’s revs It’s all rather entertaining until you hit patchy tarmac.

Citroen has a reputation for magic-carpet quality (particularly in association the original DS), so it’s a that some of that hasn’t managed to be incorporated the otherwise fine driving Mate a smoother ride either the petrol (or even one of the torque-rich turbodiesel choices) and the DS5 make a convincing grand with some back-road in reserve.

What you get for your 4/5

Equipment levels and pricing yet to be confirmed for Ireland, but given the distinctive style and certain standard equipment the Citroen DS5 be a very competitive choice. As an to the established — and somewhat in comparison — premium the DS5 offers a distinctive, well-priced

The third DS model won’t be the in the line-up. Citroen has achieved sales with its new ‘brand’, and cars will follow. making specific variants for and we can expect more models to the existing DS3, DS4 and DS5 soon.

a great deal to like the Citroen DS5. Striking an excellent, high quality, interior and decent space add up to a mainstream and even premium With one proviso — has saddled it with suspension just too firm and uncompromising.

that out and it’d gain a for a resounding 4.5-star score, but for now merely 3.5 stars, which is a as the DS5 is otherwise one of the most interesting we’ve driven in a long

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