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New Citroen DS5 review

First the DS3, a pimped supermini winning engines and a real of fresh air into the sector. We get enough of it — it was a breath of air in the Citroen range and one the most fun new you can buy to this day.

Then the DS4 a jacked-up hatch that to be SUV, hatchback, estate and all at once. We liked bits of it, but it a little compromised; the DS concept a little in a slightly awkward car seemed less than the sum of its

Now Citroen has revealed the DS5, a estate that brings to the Renault Vel Satis and Vauxhall — generally unloved models that signalled attempts by volume manufacturers to upmarket and challenge the Germans.

The DS5 arrives just as the fairly-brilliant, C6 — Citroen’s last Big Car — departs into the While the C6 had a lot to commend it was something of a disaster; you’d need than two hands to count how UK sales it notched up in its last year on sale.

This is then. The portents are not good. Is the DS5 to become another glorious failure?

DS5 design and interior

impressions of the DS5 are very strong. It rather different from any car on the market without looking weird. It’s a kind of estate model that some four-wheel drive but mainly looks like been designed to be admired on the

And admired it is. The DS5 actually turns It has a number of notable design (it’s British-designed too, many good-looking cars are days), including a chrome stick highlighting the bonnet a number of pleasing but not overpowering and lovely proportions.

Step and you’re unlikely to change mind. In fact you’ll be away. The DS5 boasts a huge dash that apes thinking for cockpit-like dashboards enclose the driver like an organic part of the machinery; vital element that, slotted into place, the whole.

The dashboard is complicated and we counted over 80 individual on the high-spec DSport model we (excluding indicator stalks) but it a great impression of the car.

immediately impresses. The seats, the many windows across the a lovely analogue clock, the clusters, the head-up display. an awesome presence that off what Citroen is capable of so much so that it almost like a design concept; the of which rarely make with all the eye-catching bells and still in place.

Look a further — or actually try to the car do things you want it to do — and get a little tricky. I did not like the counter-intuitive satnav that not allow you to search for a postcode and I to pair my phone, despite minutes of frowning at the dash and knobs.

What’s more of the materials on the centre column and the sometimes flimsy-feeling buttons let the side down a bit. don’t feel good for a car nearing £30K (in 160 HDI DSport and undo some excellent on design and soft-touch materials

However, the overriding impression is strong, thanks to the overall There are comfortable, bolstered that move in a variety of but I could never manage to get I always think Citroen’s are at a strange angle and, as a spend my time squirming in the its cars.

Something else you get a sense of when getting the car is its height; it feels fairly off the ground and there are various and sunroofs that improve However, while backward is strong (and aided by a parking sensor on the DSport there are some thick to peer around when or turning into traffic.

upfront is good and I thought the in the back was comfortable too. You get four adults comfortable in the and possibly five. Boot is a bit of a disappointment at 468 litres — not bigger than some family cars, the DS5 is based on the C4 all — though there are the binnacles around the cabin.

You can down the rear seats in a ratio but they don’t flat, so the DS5 is not a great load-lugger and off badly when compared to family estates like the Mondeo and exec saloons the BMW 3 Series Touring in this

I would says the latter is to where Citroen sees the DS5 sales, but it’s competing the high-selling 3 Series, uber-comfortable C-Class and ubiquitous Audi A4 in sector. How the DS5 drives is telling

Driving the Citroen DS5

Fire up the DS5 and you be in for a bit of a surprise. The ride on this feels fairly stiff and means it corners and holds the well, with very body roll. With the THP petrol engine it will be quite peppy; with the diesel it’s clearly powerful and the chassis can handle the and torque the car’s putting

But it doesn’t feel right. Not at Everything else about the DS5 refinement, comfort and style. You this car to have a floaty, quiet ride.

But it feels like an angry hot hatch, over road imperfections and over potholes — unsettled at all speeds by any kinks in the

There’s a torsion beam axle at the back on most — a fairly basic that really doesn’t do the car but it’s clearly been to be stiff, presumably in the belief people won’t desert BMWs unless they can a new car about. My DS5 was on 18-inch wheels, make cornering better but on the ride comfort, but while are 18-inch alloys available I believe that smaller would make a huge

The suspension is sprung differently every powertrain, but I found the HDI to be, frankly, uncomfortable and find it to believe the THP turbo petrol would be any less firm.

the 2.0-litre HDI 160 is a smooth, quiet that can return 55mpg on the cycle (I managed closer to It pulls strongly in the mid rev range, can to 62mph in 8.8 seconds with the box (or 10.1 seconds with the can cruise at motorway speeds and feels like it would Autobahn speeds with

All powertrains come in below the cut-off for write-down allowance and low road tax and company car tax.

there’s a stiff penalty for models with the 160bhp HDI — with CO2 emissions 154-158g/km as opposed to the manual’s to 133g/km (the different depend on how large the wheels That’s a pity because I the automatic will suit the better

You can, of course, more cash with a e-HDI diesel engine at emitting 114g/km and returning combined — or the diesel-electric which emits under and returns nearly 75mpg which is incredible for a car of this

If you plump for the DS5 hybrid you get four-wheel as the diesel engine drives the wheels and electric motors the rear so there will be limited off-road ability and in difficult weather. However space is reduced to under 400 and the car is around 100kg heavier so the DS5 will be a tad more heavy-footed.

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For the the 200bhp THP turbo petrol emits 155g/km and has the lowest economy figure at 42.2mpg.

DS5 specifications

There are three levels available on the DS5, the other DS range models.

DSign trim starts £22,400 and features keyless and start, cruise control, start assist function, air Bluetooth and leather steering

The DStyle trim starts £24,900 and adds a cockpit cabin with roof leather and cloth upholstery, Citroen eTouch panic that contacts the police in an and satnav.

In range-topping DSport you want for nothing. In addition to kit there’s roof switches, heated sport seats, display and dual xenon

It offers the high quality that executive car owners — the leather, cruise heated seats — and hi-tech touches like the satnav and connectivity that appeal to motorway veterans and you can add dual DVD players for the rear, will keep kids on the road.

All of which means the DS5 makes for an offbeat alternative to Mercedes and Audi that appeal to the sort of people who to buy Saabs and other Euro

Should I buy the DS5?

But will At £28,000 for this HDI 160 DSPort lining up against cars the Jaguar XF, Range Rover and Audi Q5 in similar price Granted, this car will more toys than an Jaguar or Range Rover, but it begs the question as to whether are prepared to sink serious into a Citroen.

That of sums up the whole DS paradigm. The DS3 drivers with its road-holding, THP and funky styling and was affordable but the DS4 seemed to get a rather lukewarm and was expensive for what it was.

On the evidence of my time with the car have got the DS5 plain wrong make it into a comfortable eater and it will be a car that make sense in its own right, but a misguided focus on handling a car that doesn’t do what potential buyers will it to.

With the novelty of a diesel-electric in range, perhaps the DS5 fits idea of where the DS line is, a rub to the brand and showing off the company’s and engineering skill.

That mean the DS5 is destined to be another oddity — rarely on UK roads. That would be a because the lovely design, interior and high specifications for low cash are good reasons to

But the driving manners, the cheaper, competitors, tough competition in the sector and what’s like to be depreciation should ring bells.

Perhaps, in a world of execs, the DS5 is very much a kind of car. The lesser-spotted barge is dead. Love the lesser-spotted French barge.

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