Nobody does abolitionist cars like Citroen – and the DS5 is abiding to rank alongside the DS, XM and C6 as addition affecting allotment of design. But there’s added to this ancestors car than clear styling. It absolutely feels luxurious, drives able-bodied and boasts absorbing technology in the HYbrid4 system. If you like the stand- out administration and don’t baulk at the price, it’s a auspicious and able-bodied accomplished package.
It’s not generally that a new archetypal arrives after any absolute rivals, but the analytical Citroen DS5 is aloof that. The flagship crossover sits aloft the firm’s DS3 and DS4 models and offers an another to exceptional cars such as the Audi A4 Avant, with a starting amount of about £23,000. But is it too arbitrary for its own good?
See the DS5 in the flesh, and it takes several account to booty in all the details, but already you do, the all-embracing attending works well. Chrome strips run from the headlights into the A-pillars, while the foglamps sit in cut-out ‘c’-sections framing the grille. At the rear, the atramentous C-pillars accomplish the roof arise to float over the blow of the body.
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It’s aloof as avant-garde inside. The covering seats are advised to attending like the links in a metal watch band and feel actual adequate indeed, while the assorted switches and toggles are abiding on the centre animate and aloft the driver’s arch area a pilot would apprehend to acquisition them. The active position is hardly raised, and you get a acceptable appearance out.
Up close, the DS5 appears absolutely compact, but in absoluteness it’s alone 30cm beneath than a Ford Mondeo Estate. There’s absolutely a lot of allowance in the cabin, and amplitude for three adults in the rear, but alpine cartage will acquisition their active affecting the roof lining. The 465-litre cossack is on a par with the BMW 3 Series Touring.
Engines accommodate 1.6-litre and 2.0 agent units with 109bhp and 163bhp respectively, and a brace of 1.6-litre turbo petrols with 153bhp and 197bhp. But the big account is the HYbrid4 adaptation which we drove.
It’s Citroen’s aboriginal assembly hybrid, and appearance a 163bhp 2.0-litre HDi agent active the advanced wheels, while an electric motor admiral the rears. It makes up to 37bhp in Sport mode, for a absolute achievement of 200bhp and 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds, 107g/km of CO2 and about 70mpg. The alone penalties are
a abate cossack – because of amplitude taken up by the batteries – and the abrupt £30,000 price.
On the move, the HYbrid4 is impressive. You can run the car alone on electricity in ZEV approach for three afar at speeds of about 40mph, but alike in Auto approach – back the agent swaps amid the two ability sources – the agent almost fires up in town.
Head for accessible roads, and the aggregate of the two agency there is consistently affluence of bite for accessible overtaking. A 4WD approach is accessible for glace conditions, too.
The DS5 handles appealing well. The electro-hydraulic council is authentic and provides appropriate feedback, while there isn’t abundant in the way of anatomy roll, either.
Our analysis car had 235/40 area tyres on huge 19-inch wheels, which meant there was lots of grip, but the ride was on the close side. Go for 17-inch auto and you’ll get sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, as able-bodied as 74mpg.
The DS5 absolutely isn’t cheap, but it all adds up to a absolutely altered and adorable ancestors car.