There’s also the larger and handsome DS 5 crossover hatchback, which mixes dramatic styling with a premium interior.
Despite sharing most of its engines and underbody mechanicals with the ordinary C4, the DS 4 isn’t exactly a conventional family hatch. It is described by Citroën as a hybrid of saloon, coupé and compact 4x4; effectively then, it’s a high-riding five-door hatch with the kind of profile silhouette you’d expect from a two-door 2+2. To exacerbate that further there is a more rugged Crossback.
The entry-level DS 4 gets a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol with 128bhp and 169lb ft of torque. There’s also a 1.6 HDi 120 petrol with 118bhp and 221lb ft starting off the diesel contingent. Further up, there’s a 2.0-litre HDi producing 148bhp and 178bhp respectively, while topping the range is a 1.6-litre turbocharged THP petrol producing 160bhp and 205bhp.
Despite Citroën’s claims, the DS 4’s resemblance to a standard C4 is too close for comfort from some angles. Particularly from the front, where headlights and a bonnet borrowed wholesale from the lesser car do nothing to distinguish its heritage.