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.