The free wheel upgrade now qualifies certain DS5 models for road tax and London Congestion Charge exemption
3 July 2012

Citroen will include optional 17-inch alloy wheels to certain DS5 models, which it claims slashes CO2 emissions from 107g/km to 99g/km CO2.

The free upgrade - applicable to Citroen DS5 DStyle and DSport Hybrid4 models - now qualifies these cars for road tax and London Congestion Charge exemption. Benefit in Kind is also reduced from 12 per cent to 10 per cent.

Citroen has also revealed two new specification packs for DS5 HDI 160 DStyle and DSport models.

The Sport Signature pack and Dark Sport Signature pack lower the standard car’s suspension by 7mm and include 19-inch alloys (in grey or black), plus black door mirrors. Each optional pack is priced at £650, but is included free of charge on DS5 THP 200 cars, which are priced from £25,900.

Completing revisions to the DS5 range, the Citroen e-HDi Airdream model has received a modest 3bhp power boosted from 111bhp to 114bhp. Fuel consumption and CO2 remains the same at 64.2mpg and 114g/km CO2 respectively.

Our Verdict

DS 5

The Citroën DS5 is a handsome hatchback designed with a premium feel, but doesn't back up its road presence with a refined ride

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3 July 2012

The car is very good! I like it very much.

3 July 2012

So, simply change the wheels and the CO2 mysteriously falls to - surprise, surprise - 99g/km? ... Notwithstanding the "Emperor's New Clothes" that is the taxation of vehicles on the basis of - quite frankly - bogus CO2 emissions data (that does not match real world driving), car manufacturers (and the British car buying public) better beware that the more vehicles that dip under the magic 100g/km threshold and deprive the Government's coffers of VED and Congestion Charge, the more likely the goal posts will simply be moved and the "free" threshold dropped further ...

3 July 2012

Good news for company car buyers, a viable alternative to the "me too" fleets of '320ed's.

If the wheels are the key to this emissions target, I would worry about buying one (used) in the future and changing the tyres / alloys, would this push the emissions beyond this and fail on the MOT?

I agree also about changing the goalposts, already they are plotting on how they are going to tax hybrids and electric vehicles in the near future.

3 July 2012

Makes sense, smaller wheels mean the engine does not need to work as hard and thus increases fuel economy and lowers co2. 

5 July 2012

The reduction of rolling resistance through the use of specific tyres and a narrower footprint can easily lower emissions, it's one of the main tricks that 'eco' versions have been using all along.

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