Driven Citroen DS5 Hybrid

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Driven: Citroen DS5 Hybrid


The DS5 is currently the big daddy of Citroen’s DS line, completed by the DS3 supermini and DS4 family car. This more MPV-shaped hatchback shares DNA with Peugeot’s 3008, both cars are based on the same PF2 platform and are available with PSA’s diesel-electric Hybrid4 powertrain.

It’s this Hybrid4 model we drove in top DSport trim (£33,360 OTR), with an official combined mpg of 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 91g/km.

Opt for the same car in the entry level DSign trim and emissions sink to 88g/km with 83.1mpg combined. Nearly £5k is shaved off the asking price too with the loss of rear parking sensors, leather seats, metallic paint.

The Hybrid4 system uses a 28kW electric motor (40hp), fuelled by a lithium-ion battery, to get off the mark before a 160bhp 1997cc diesel engine kicks in when the speed creeps over 15mph.

This electric nudge helps the DS5 unlock lower CO2 and stronger fuel economy but the silent sensation of those first few metres never wears off.

Fussy

It may not be as desirable as its DS siblings but it is still a very pretty car with classy use of LEDs and leather, creating a premium feel overall.

Getting behind the wheel, the first thing you’ll notice is the overwhelming plethora of buttons crowded down the central console.

It’s got as many switches as Concorde and it isn’t obvious what many of them do, even after they’re pressed. It’s needlessly complicated especially when around a third of the buttons could’ve been shoved in the touchscreen.

Fortunately, this doesn’t spoil the cabin’s unbelievably roomy feeling though and wherever you sit you’re guaranteed comfort with a surprisingly amount of luxury.

The Hybrid4 powertrain gives the DS5 an impressive straight line acceleration, racing to 62mph in 8.3seconds. However, only a few turns are needed to realise its size is a hindrance and although it’s not that difficult to adapt to, many will feel the steering wheel needs to be worked far too much.

Sadly, the Hybrid4 system is as noisy and offensive as it is in the Peugeot 3008. Although initial acceleration is peaceful with the electric motor overseeing the first take-off, even the deaf will be wincing as the diesel unit takes over and the electronic gearbox crashes through each painful change-up.

The experience is more barbaric than in Toyota’s hybrids and it left us wondering is such delectable fuel economy worth losing your hearing? We’d like to think not.

The ‘4’ bit denotes the car’s four driving mode function. Default ‘Auto’ setting switches between the diesel engine and electric motor as and when it can, ‘ZEV’ keeps the car driven purely on electric power up to 37mph, ‘Sport’ combines the diesel engine and electric motor to maximise acceleration while ‘4WD’ powers all four wheels to increase traction.

As in the 3008, the ZEV mode is virtually redundant and the four wheel drive mode is fooling nobody that this is a capable off-roader, handy on the ice maybe, but the Sport mode injects a small yet noticeable kick to straight line sprints.

Spec and tech

All DS5s come standard with electric windows front and rear, electric folding mirrors, MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, cruise control, automatic rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps.

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DStyle models (£26,555) add part-leather seating, sunroof, sat nav with reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

Range topping DSport (£28,615) includes full leather seats, electric heated front seats with massage function, front parking sensors, colour head-up display.

For the price of the Hybrid4 we drove (£33,360), you could pick up a Ford Mondeo Estate (£22,745).

Sure, the Ford is due to be updated before the end of 2014 but with 67.3mpg combined, 109g/km, a much larger boot (537 litres) and £10k leftover to run it, you can understand the Blue Oval’s appeal.

Similarly, VW’s CC GT 2L TDI is £6k cheaper (£27,270) and returns 61.4mpg at 120g/km.

That’s probably why hybrid DS5s are an uncommon sight on UK roads. Its pretty curves will please many and overall, it’s a decent enough drive if you forgive the noise, but that price tag will be the stumbling block for all but few.

DS5 in numbers:

Length: 4530mm

Width: 1871mm

Boot space: Hybrid: 325 litres. Diesel/Unleaded: 465 litres

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