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Citroen DS5 DSport Hybrid4 200 first drive review

27 April 2012 3:30 PM

The new DS5 and Chef Tim Anderson, winner of BBC 2011, are joining culinary to create a unique pop-up at a secret location in Shoreditch. will be tasty grub!

The range of DS cars from have been making some splashes around most notably the nippy DS3 scooped plenty of awards. And topping off the range, is the new DS5; the and dearest DS you can buy right now.

We had a drive of the full hybrid car headline eco-stats of just of CO2 and a quoted combined economy of 68.9mpg that uses a of a 163bhp, 2-litre turbodiesel up front and a 37bhp electric out back, with the hybrid and an automatic gearbox between the

Citroen DS5 DSport Hybrid4 200 first drive review


It’s a looker, If the DS5 fails to catch your eye and you into its many attractive details, then perhaps skips are your favourite Simply step back and in the whole package. Yes, is some original DS design of old in and that was entirely the evocative

But the DS5 is bang up to date.

It’s to pick out the most distinctive angle for the DS5. The front-end is by large, intricate and heavily-raked and a simply elegant twin-bar front grille.

DS5’s low and lean bodywork stretches with those silver highlights leading the way from the tip of the headlights all the way to where they in front of the wing mirrors. And are sharply-detailed bodywork creases the large, turbine-style wheels.

The is clean and curvy with a of ultra-modern taillights, minimal glass and twin chrome trims. The jazzy “DS” tops off this brave and styling statement, and it’s a that s never failed to me every time I’ve it.

Into the interior:

Today, I’m driving the DS5 the DSport Hybrid4 Airdream, in golden-hued White Pearlescent and as such this car has all the hybrid the best performance at 200bhp, and a interior. We’d expect good inner stuff for £30K.

I’ve seen watchstrap-style leather seats in the Citroen DS4 and they work for me as they did back then. soft and luxurious in design and they suit the bold on the outside.

But it’s not just the that’s eye-catching. There are switches all over the DS5’s even in the roof panel the front passengers, a double bezelled aluminium switchgear and endless curves to the dashboard and The clocks are a digital and analogue treat and the large centre screen lets you know going on where in the hybrid with funky animated

The drive:

I didn’t have too behind the flat-bottomed steering of the DS5 I was there to eat a 5-star steak, but more on that later.

But, I can tell you that a big and graceful-feeling car on the road, with an helping of wafting-feeling delivered by the of the rear-wheel-driving electric motor and the 163bhp turbodiesel up front. If you all the Hybrid4’s power, you’ll get and 300Nm of torque in an instant The electric motor kicks first while the diesel up its turbo and then takes

You can have 62mph in 8.3secs if you it, and this DS5 will march 131mph, but with a car that 107g/km of CO2 and that’s good for B on the road tax, and that’s for the first year and £20 per thereafter the idea is that you around town in EV mode, That’s Electric Vehicle.

The graphic will show you if s electric power available for example, if you re crawling in traffic gentle accelerator applications see the DS5 Hybrid4 pump nothing out of its and drink nothing from its tank.

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This test car was quite sprung and you’ll want to get to the feeling of the rear-axle-mounted motor rotation under braking to that lovely free It’s basically just a different driving style for a different car, and early have found that quoted economy figure of is mostly achievable in the real and that’s got to be all good.

Ten second sum up:

DS5 DSport Hybrid4 200 Airdream is a visual treat on the outside, and the times continue to flow the top-notch interior. Throw in the potential of its hybrid powertrain and of design with one eye on economy and the on environmental issues, will want to take a closer

Prices and availability:

The Citroen DS5 starts at £22,400 for the DS5 DSign 110, rising to £32,200 for the DS5 HYdrid4 200. Price as £32,930, including £730 for the Pearlescent paint. Available

The food:

Not the usual end to our TotallyMotor drive reports, but Citroen chosen to launch their DS5 a different, and I can personally vouch, tastier twist.

Citroen and Chef Tim Anderson, the of BBC MasterChef 2011, are joining forces to create a unique restaurant at a secret location in London, as part of the launch for the

The restaurant, called Delicious by will serve a five tasting menu created by Anderson and inspired by the five The meal will cost just £5 per head the proceeds going to FareShare, a that fights hunger by rescuing and redistributing surplus Delicious by DS5 will open to of the public from Wednesday 16 to 19 May, 2012.

Food can apply for a table through a tab on Citroen UK’s official page — where they can select preferred date, service and of attendees (up to six per table).

With high demand tables will be allocated on a basis, with successful being notified by email or between 7 and 9 May. Reservations then be confirmed once a donation is made to FareShare a dedicated Just Giving Additional details can be found on UK’s official Facebook

I was luck enough to sample of Tim’s food at this DS5 drive event and I can wholeheartedly say it was the very softest, tastiest, steak I have ever At £5 for five taster it’d be rude not too!

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