The Citroen DS5 was released as part of the DS brand, a move intended to “express French style and luxury with beautiful details and exceptional quality.” Such a vision made it suitable for upmarket markets and to come into competition against the BMW and Mercedes. The DS5 has been styled with several elements from three bodies: a sports estate, coupe, and hatchback. These elements have been borrowed and fused to have the DS5 compete with the D-segment family saloon of Europe. But given how many SUVs, MPVs, and crossovers there are in the market, selecting a new car isn’t as simple as picking the best features. The DS5 attempts to cover such a wide range in this compact model.
The DS5 is meant to hit the big-family sector market, given its high design and an attractiveness that other traditional models cannot provide. The DS5 successfully arrives at a body between the Audi A4 and the Vauxhall Insignia. The vehicle also achieves a balanced design in achieving both dynamism and aggression, but without appearing wacky. And although the DS5 is part of Citroen’s new range, the DS5 distinguishes itself in several features. Unlike the DS4 that is derived from the C4 or the DS3 from the C3, the DS5 does not borrow any elements from the C5 despite its same numeral. Instead it uses the Peugeot 3008’s PF2 platform, making it shorter than the C5 by 249mm. Other distinct design elements include the front MacPherson struts and the lack of a multi-link rear.
The cabin is overflowing with several features, from material juxtapositions, expensive instruments, to careful details. The designer obviously took his time to consider each portion for the driver and passenger’s appreciation. You won’t have any problems appreciating what’s seen on the electric window switches to the gearknob. The overall look is strong on the eyes, and you won’t have any issues with the right partnership between form and function.
The DS5’s most powerful engine is its 2.0-litre HDi diesel engine, its first full on hybrid system that can power front wheels with the help of an electric motor. The overall combined power is at a whooping 200bhp and includes an automatic six-speed gearbox. When driving along relaxed speeds, its performance is smooth and a pleasant ride. Another option would be the 2.0 HDi engine at 161bhp, which gives you the benefit of a strong and elastic mid-range that flows without any fuss.
Unfortunately the DS5’s 200bhp 2.0-litre HDi engine cannot perform as smoothly along medium to harder accelerations. While the 161bhp unit doesn’t have the same efficiency or flexibility as the benchmark diesels of the BMW range. There’s the brisk 1.6 THP engine, but it’s not economical and doesn’t perform as well as its smooth units.
The DS5’s large weight tends to get in the way of vigorous driving. Expect it to shuffle from corner to corner and the ride to be quite jarring when high cornering forces kick in. The ride can also tend to be unsettling and fidgety and the steering kickback a problem over high speeds and difficult surfaces.
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