Citroen DS5 - Used

Car Review

DS 5, blue, front, action
DS 5, blue, front
DS 5, blue, rear, action
DS 5, blue, interior
DS5, boot
DS5, sunroofs

THE Citroen DS5 is a real executive car that stands out from the crowd, with a premium feel and lovely design touches like a head-up speed display that reflects on the inside of the windscreen.

Two sunroofs - a large one over the rear seats and a smaller one over the front - switches above the driver's head and a clever traction control system add more touches of class

The DS3, 4 and 5 were all badged as Citroens until 2016, when the company decided - probably quite rightly - to make DS a standalone marque.

I will concentrate on the model made between 2014 and 2016.

There was just one petrol engine available, a 200bhp version of the Peugeot/Citroen 1.6 turbo, plus two diesels and one diesel/electric hybrid.

The two diesels are an eHDi 1.6 with 112bhp that comes with a standard six speed EGS automatic gearbox, and a 2.0-litre HDi with 163bhp, that is available with either a six speed auto or manual.

The diesels will make up the majority of cars available secondhand, as the petrol sold in very small numbers despite being the performance king of the range.

Finally, there is also a diesel/electric hybrid and this has good performance and the lowest running costs.

Called the Hybrid4, it has the 163bhp 2.0-litre HDi plus a battery pack and a 37bhp electric motor, driving through the EGS six speed auto ‘box.

Best economy of 85mpg and low emissions of 88g/k make this one very cheap to run and the combined 200bhp means it can get from 0 to 62 miles an hour in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 131mph.

The 1.6 diesel is fairly slow, taking a leisurely 12.4 seconds to hit 62mph, and the EGS auto can be jerky through the changes unless you learn to take your foot off the accelerator as you would with a manual.

However, it is capable - on the government list - of 65 miles per gallon.

The 2.0-litre HDi with the six speed auto gives best economy, with a government figure of 64mpg as against the manual model's 58.

Handling and roadholding are very good in all models, with very little roll through the corners and excellent grip.

But even though there were improvements in this model, comfort is not up to the best, with rougher surfaces causing an unsettled feel.

There are three trim levels available - DSign, DStyle and DSport - plus a very long list of personalisation options which previous owners may well have included.

Even the DSign gets a good amount of standard kit, including keyless entry and starting, air con, electric parking brake, cruise and heated electric mirrors.

It also has automatic lights and wipers and Bluetooth to connect your phone and your music.

DStyle adds a very distinctive cockpit-style roof that houses toggle switches for the sunroofs and electric sun blinds, and it also has leather and cloth upholstery, sat-nav, DAB radio, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

Range topping DSport adds such luxuries as massaging electric heated sports seats, full leather, front parking sensors, a colour heads-up display and directional headlights with washers.

Pay about £8,500 for a '14 14-reg 1.6 eHDi DSign, or £12,750 for a ‘16 16-reg 2.0HDi DSport six speed manual.

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