Refined with a panoramic view

Citreon DS
Citreon DS

Known as ‘The Goddess’, Citroen’s original DS saloon was for many, one of the most beautiful cars ever.

Now both initials and the design commitment live again with the DS4, a premium five-door hatch targeting customers that’ll be new to the French marque.

While it looks like a three-door coupe, this is in fact a genuine five-door hatch. The panoramic windscreen extends backwards into the roof and the dimensions and its styling give the car a compact and muscular look.

Inside the leather-lined cabin, the driver faces an array of smart chrome-rimmed dials and a sculpted, contoured dashboard.

Premium touches include embossed leather door handles, plenty of chrome detailing and cool ambient lighting.

Far more attention has been paid to build quality and refinement too, to match this up-market feel.

Then there’s that panoramic windscreen, offering front occupants a 45-degree view upwards and giving the cabin a real feeling of light and airiness also enjoyed by those in the back seats.

The engine range is wide and flexible and all units meet the most stringent Euro 5 emissions requirements. Most will choose a 1.6, with diesel drivers selecting between 110 and 160bhp HDi powerplants. Then there are three 1.6-litre petrol options, co-developed with BMW, the 120bhp VTi sitting under two engines, the 155bhp and 200bhp THP units.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Citroen DS4 range

PRICES: £17,145-£22,945 - on the road

INSURANCE GROUPS: 14-31

CO2 EMISSIONS: [THP 200bhp petrol] 149g/km

PERFORMANCE: [THP 155bhp petrol] 0-60mph 8.5s / Max Speed 146mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [THP 155bhp petrol] 44.1mpg (combined)

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front, side and curtain airbags / ABS

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Heightmm 4275/1810/1523.