Hilton Holloway
24 January 2013

What is it?

The DS4 is a hard car to figure out. The stylish DS3 supermini makes its own case and the DS5’s dramatic styling – inside and out – marks it out as truly individual. The DS4, however, doesn’t really paint a clear picture of its intentions.

Olivier Vincent, head of the DS4 exterior design, says that the DS4 is meant to have the look of an urban vehicle that can “tackle obstacles” but a car that is also agile. Based on the plain-Jane C4 family hatch, the DS4’s differentiation extends as far as virtually all-new body panels (the bonnet and headlights are shared), but the styling is perhaps the least convincing of the DS range.

What is it like?

What’s new about this DS4 is the combination of the 160bhp turbodiesel engine and a six-speed torque-converter auto gearbox. On paper, it might not sound significant, but it’s quite possibly the best version of the DS4 because it finally gives the car a distinct, if niche, appeal.

The combination of the semi-raised driving position, airy interior (thanks to the panoramic windscreen) and this very smooth drivetrain makes the DS4 an extremely pleasant car in which to both potter around and nip swiftly along the motorway. It rides decently on all but the worst surfaces, has credible urge from low down in the rev range and the gearbox shifts ratios very smoothly

Should I buy one?

Certainly, that’s not the ideal Autocar formula, but this DS4 is an exceptional cruiser, made all the more relaxing by the driving position. It’s an unusual mix but likely to have strong appeal to some drivers.

Citroën DS4 HDi 160 auto DStyle

Price £23,545; 0-62mph 9.9sec; Top speed 129mph; Economy 49.6mpg (combined); CO2 149g/km; Kerb weight 1540kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1997cc, turbodiesel; Power 160bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 251lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox 6-spd automatic

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jer

So

1 year 39 weeks ago

They fixed the rides as well? Recalibrate or new shocks ? this car was universally panned at launch for its ride quality.

Its great to hear of a

1 year 39 weeks ago

Its great to hear of a Citroen with real 'Citroen' appeal. However i too am suprised to hear the ride is now that good given what has been said before.

If this auto box works so well, it really begs the question, why do PSA persist with their awful automated manual?

Yes, but...

1 year 39 weeks ago

Is just me, or is the 0-60 in 9.9secs a tad disappointing for a 160bhp Golf sized hatch?

Also, agree with jer on the ride question. Otherwise I quite like the look of this (price apart).

artill wrote: If this auto

1 year 39 weeks ago

artill wrote:

If this auto box works so well, it really begs the question, why do PSA persist with their awful automated manual?

Just look at the Co2 figures of 148 g/km that show how inefficient most torque converter automatics are compared to a automated manual or indeed a twin clutch auto. Several motoring journalists praise automated manuals but do point out that the driver has to adapt their driving style to suit the gearbox.

maxecat

It's not just the relative

1 year 39 weeks ago

It's not just the relative ineficiency of the torque converter auto-box, at over 1.5 tonnes this car is far too heavy

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

Agree. Surely 160 bhp should

1 year 39 weeks ago

Agree. Surely 160 bhp should have this car at 60mph long before 10 secs??

A 318d auto is a little lighter but has almost 20bhp less power and does 0-60 in 9.2 secs??

Granturismo wrote: Agree.

1 year 39 weeks ago

Granturismo wrote:

Agree. Surely 160 bhp should have this car at 60mph long before 10 secs??

A 318d auto is a little lighter but has almost 20bhp less power and does 0-60 in 9.2 secs??

And has eight gears at its disposal.

speed and mpg

1 year 39 weeks ago

£23,500 for a car that struggles to beat 0-60 in 10 seconds, not only that 49.6 mpg for a slow diesel is truely shocking, an Astra 1.4 turbo PETROL will do 49 mpg and not give that diesel rattle that annoys me.

Not sure how much an Auto would take off the above figures but I'm sure it wouldn't be much worse than the Citroen.

Citroen must do better or carry on selling fewer and fewer cars in Europe

 

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

I think Citroen must still be

1 year 39 weeks ago

I think Citroen must still be using tq convertor boxes from the 90's. I looked at getting a 1.6THP(160bhp) auto DS4 but its official economy is only 36.7mpg! a Mini Countryman with a more powerful version of the same engine (182bhp), 4wd and I reckon much worse aerodynamics aswell has better fuel economy?? Don't know how that works. 

It's a shame because I found it a very nice place to be sat inside it.

this car is amazing. I really

1 year 37 weeks ago

this car is amazing. I really want to buy one this year. groom speech

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Citroën DS4

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