The car has the same positive points we’ve liked about the DS4 since it came out. Interior quality is evident throughout, especially on upper trim levels. The panoramic windscreen gives good driver visibility, and seating for front passengers is spacious. Due to a sloping rear, however, the same cannot be said for passengers relegated to the back seats. Awkwardly placed controls for lumbar support and heated seats can also lead to some mid-journey fumbling.
Ride, especially over low-speed surfaces can be a little harsh, and the effect multiplied because of the raised seating position.
Steering is nicely weighted and gives plenty of feel from the road, although the wheel itself is crowded with buttons and dials. We enjoyed the customisation available in the DS4, though, choosing colours for the instrument panel gives a bespoke feel.
Should I buy one?
Some aspects of the DS4 are done brilliantly. The large windscreen offers excellent visibility, and the additiion of moveable sun visors is a big plus point. There are also some things the DS4 does very badly, though, and a ride as harsh as the one offered in this car is unforgiveable.
At £24,840 for a base model the DS4 DSport is just worthy of consideration if the standard DS4 doesn’t appeal – but the extra style comes at the cost of a poorer driving experience.
Citroën DS4 DSport HDi 160
Price £27,960; 0-62mph 9.9sec; Top speed 129mph; Economy 49.6mpg; CO2 149g/km; Kerb weight 1540kg; Engine 4 cyls, inline, transverse mounting, diesel; Power 163bhp at 3750rpm; Torque 251lb/ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox 6-spd automatic