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A more powerful diesel engine gives the DS4 sporting appeal, but can the rest of the car match up?

Our Verdict

DS4

The DS 4 is a high-riding hatchback, but for all its maker's claims to the contrary, its too much like the standard C4

What is it?

We already know the combination of an automatic gearbox and a torquey diesel engine fit well in the DS4. This latest Dsport version mates a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel unit to the same six-speed automatic torque-converter ‘box we praised in the Dstyle version. 

The DS4 is less of a style statement than its smaller DS3 sibling, but calling the design bland would be wrong. It still appeals, and we like the slightly bulbous front-end styling, even if the car looks slightly too much like a standard C4 from some angles.

What's it like?

The sportier engine certainly ups power over standard models, giving the DS4 a sense of urgency in its acceleration, even from lower down in the rev range. It’s refined and surprisingly quiet for a diesel unit, and fits well with the DS4’s ethos of being a go-anywhere, do-anything hatchback.

We couldn’t help but feel, however, that given the DS4’s new sporty credentials a seven or eight-speed gearbox would have fared better. Under load the car changes up cleanly and smoothly, but downshifting can be slow and jarring for the driver.

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

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27 June 2013

...as though it should ba a lot better than it is for that price - nearly £28,000 for a mid-sized Citroen sounds very expensive to me (mind you, most things do these days !). I had thought of a figure of about £22,000 considering its a DS range model.

I'm guessing that a nearly-new or late used model might be a good bet in a year or so; and hope that depreciation makes it a good buy.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

27 June 2013

You can lease them for £220 pm with 1k down.

So you'll never pay anywhere near that figure. List price is almost irrelevant unless you're mad enough to buy one. Dealer was hinting at around 3.5k off if I was interested in buying instead of leasing.

Nearly had one, but a Giulietta won my heart instead.

27 June 2013

....I'd have to kill myself.

27 June 2013

Ray6O wrote:

....I'd have to kill myself.

Go on then

1 July 2013

Ray6O wrote:

....I'd have to kill myself.

Give me your address and I'll save you the hassle.

27 June 2013

I love the interior, there are some lovely details and the watch type seats are amazing. I wonder if Volkswagen drew some inspiration from the interior as the new golf looks a bit similar- just a more boring version of really. The exterior is interesting, feels more exotic than a ford focus. I know the focus handles well but who cares about that old 'mine is faster' nonsense. Hardly relevant here in the uk when you sneeze on the accelerator pedal and voila 3 points, nice! 

This in the right colour has a lot of class and style. I like the new A3 but they don't really stand out and it's an easy choice for people who have no real interest in cars. The new A'class has too much going on and it's pretty vulgar. Also that is a bloody expensive Renault Megane! Apparently they are built on the same platform! 

So overall the Ds4 makes for quite an interesting choice for people who don't follow the crowd. Shame there weren't more cars like that. The Alfa is also nice.

27 June 2013

 0-60 in 9.9sec, an Economy of 49.6mpg and a harsh ride for a £28,000 car, yer kidding.  This is quality car price territory

No wonder they've got problems

 

 

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28 June 2013

xxxx wrote:

 0-60 in 9.9sec, an Economy of 49.6mpg and a harsh ride for a £28,000 car, yer kidding.  This is quality car price territory

No wonder they've got problems

 

 

A series of fair points there. Even with a fairly chunky discount I'd be thinking this car is expensive and I could buy something better for the money

27 June 2013

.... well ok, lessor, of an 18 month old DS4, feel qualified to comment on just how good they really are.  Incredibly comfortable & supportive seats with that fantastic lumbar massage function, great driving position, really well screwed together.  So far, other than one routine service that cost £99 and a couple of new front tyres, it's not been near a dealer.

And to top it off, I'm leasing one for the same price as a basic supermini. 

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