Citroen DS 4

4/5
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Verdict

Citroen announced during 2015 that it was separating its Citroen and DS business. While Citroen still own DS, they have decided to let it be a standalone brand. At the launch they pretty much admitted that it'll be some time before they are truly at the races with the likes of Audi and BMW. The DS4, is new to the Irish market and our view in the office is that it is perhaps the best of the current DS brand.

Performance

This is arguably the best looking of the current DS range. While it doesn't have the same dimensions as the DS5, it seems more comfortable in its own skin. There is a nice range of engines available to the Irish market. The smallest on offer is the only petrol engine available. It is a 1.2 litre 4 cylinder PureTech and it offers an attractive 130hp. The rest of the engines are BlueHDi that range between 1.6 and 2.0 litres. The most powerful offers 180 hp and will take you from 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds.

Ride & Handling

On the road, we would rate this as a better drive than the DS5. Everything, including the suspension seems better. Once again, we'll use that phrase, "more comfortable in its own skin". The car itself is based on the C4 and the do look slightly similar. While it can be jumpy over uneven surfaces, it's very comfortable on corners.

Refinement

Like the C4, the diesel engines are muted enough and they respond well to rising to motorway speeds. However, wind noise does creep in when cruising at 120 km/h on the motorway.

Quality & Reliability

Citroen goes for their top of the range stuff when building the DS range. While the graphics on the infotainment system look a bit dated, the system itself is intuitive. The interior is also less Claustrophobic than the ultra futuristic DS5 interior.

Safety & Security

The DS4 currently holds 5 stars in the Euro NCAP. It scored 90% for adult safety, 80% for child occupancy and 43% for pedestrian safety. It’s safety assist programmes scored a whopping 97%.

Space & Practicality

The boot is competitive in terms of style. Row one is spacious and kids will easily fit into row two. However, we would say that two adults would be more comfortable than three and that the rear leg room is not excellent.

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Key Facts

Make

Citroen

Model
DS 4
Variant
ELEAGANCE PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual
Car Category
Family Hatch
First year of model production
2015
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€26,995
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
Average L/100 km
4.9
Average km/L
20.4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range
1224 km
Cost of filling a tank
€78.84
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.88
CO2 emmissions
114 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6 g/km

Performance

Brake Horsepower
130 bhp
Max Power kW
97
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1199
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Naturally
Top speed
189 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.8 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
359 L

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
100000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
359 L
Tyre size front
215/55 R17 mm
Tyre size back
215/55 R17 mm

Technical Information

Power
130 bhp