The Citroen DS4 followed after the incredible success of the DS3, offering a premium version of the company’s hatchback. The DS4 instead featured a hatchback and coupe blend in its bodystyle that was not just striking in appearance, but also sported hidden rear door handles and coupe lines for added elegance. The design is also more practical compaed to other coupes as rear passengers won’t feel cramped for space behind the front seats. But interior and exterior design advantage aside, how does this vehicle fare in catching up to its predecessor and in competing against well-bodied rivals?
The DS4 has two tough engine types in its five variants: two diesels and three petrol units. The 1.6-litre 16V VTi 120 was one of the first in the DS4 range, delivering 120bhp and 160Nm in terms of pulling power. Then there’s the 1.6-litre THP 155 at 156bhp and 240Nm. The THP200 is the top pick for driving enthusiasts, with its 1.6-litre petrol engine kicking out at 200bhp. Plus this engine can arrive at 62mph from standstill in just 7.9seconds, and is partnered with a smooth six-speed manual gearbox. You won’t have an problems enjoying a drive that goes from a slow, steady pace to a sudden overtake along single lane carriageways. The diesel engines come in two variants: a 1.6-litre 110 e-HDI unit at 112bhp and a 163HDi at 161bhp.
The rear side of the car offers ample space for anyone positioned behind a six-footer or anyone of an average height and build. The coupe shape of the DS4 also allows for a four-seater despite its three-seat bench limitation at the rear. Comfort levels are also great all around, with road, tyre, and wind noise kept at a minimum. Expect the noise levels to increase, however, once you start accelerate into a faster speed. The 19- or 20-inch wheels offer the best ride comfort, as they are able to absorb the impact from potholes scattered across UK roads.
Spaciousness continues in the DS4’s 359 litres of boot space—and this is with the rear seats out. The space expands to 385 litres with the extra under-floor storage. If you want maximum space opportunities, go for the DS4 that includes an EGS the biggest cubby in the central console, along with a 12-volt socket and a USB port. The interior design is quite rich, featuring a pleated ‘habana’ brown leather and door-handle trims that are of rich quality.
Handling seems to be the DS4’s weakness, not able to achieve the same smoothness and refinement as the DS3. Steering can be described as vague, with very little feedback felt on the wheel. Front-end grip is plenty but there’s still not enough felt from the steering; it pales in comparison next to the VW Scirocco, Audi TT, and Peugot RCZ. Thankfully corners are handled well, even with the extra weight added to this model. Body roll is also kept at a minimum upon going into corners or sudden imbalances along the road. Unfortunately the car is not as composed along rough surfaces.
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