Citroen DS5

Citroen’s premium coupes – the striking DS3 and DS4 – have been picking up awards right, left and centre, and justifiably so. They are superb vehicles. So I’ve been looking forward to the latest version of the most recent addition to the range – the DS5 – for some time, writes Ian Strachan

And I wasn’t disappointed. Far from it.

I’m not quite sure what’s happened at Citroen. With the DS range, they have suddenly started producing gorgeous cars. Eye-catching and attractive, with style in spadeloads. French chic with a touch of Italian brio.

The DS5 has head turning good looks and bags of personality, backed up by good performance and some innovative ideas. I test drove the 2.0 litre diesel-powered DS5 DSport HDi 180. It came in attractive pearl white – white cars seem to be back in vogue – with smart-looking sporty chrome trim.

The 180 horsepower engine is willing, smooth and gutsy. With a six-speed automatic gearbox it has effortless performance.

Inside the DS5 has an elegant but sporty feel, with a black roof with powered sun blinds and aviation-inspired dials. Despite the black roof it still feels bright and airy, helped by large expanses of glass, particularly the huge windscreen and double sunroof separated by roof-mounted sunroof controls and oddment storage. Attractive red leather-trimmed electrically-adjustable heated seats are nicely contoured and supportive, and controls are easy to reach. The steering wheel has height and reach adjustment. Gauges include a gear efficiency indicator, telling the driver the optimum moment to change gear.

A head-up display shows speed and satnav instructions on a screen just below the eyeline, which is a very useful addition.

Storage space is generous, with decent sized door bins, a large central cubby box and an illuminated, ventilated glovebox. Leg and headroom is more than adequate and boot space is generous. Split folding rear seats increase the car’s carrying capacity.

Fuel economy is good, returning 62.8 miles to the gallon in mixed driving. CO2 emissions are 118 g/km.

On the road, the DS5 handles extremely well. Cornering is positive and effortless, and the softish Citroen suspension absorbs bumps well.

Safety gets a high priority. The DS5 has all-round airbags, electronic stability, speed limiter and energy-absorbing side impact protection.

Automatic dual-zone digital air conditioning, remote central locking with keyless access and immobiliser, automatic lights and wipers, front fog lights and cornering lights, rear parking sensors with reversing camera, satellite navigation with live traffic information, DAB digital radio with MP3/CD player and Bluetooth connectivity, 18 inch alloys, cruise control, leather steering wheel-mounted  controls are all standard.

This is a well-packaged and attractive car, well worth the £31,580 on the road price. Extras on my test car included pearl white paint (£730), leather pack (£1,690) up-rated hi-fi (£550) and electric comfort pack (£500).

 

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