The 4, in either guise, remains more concerned with the ‘design’ bit of the equation than the ‘engineering’.
DS describes the model’s two distinct bodies as complementary versions, which is a roundabout way of confirming that there isn’t a dramatic amount of difference between what is ostensibly the same shell.
The most noticeable change is the introduction of the signature DS front end, carried over from the 5 and a suitable replacement for the 4’s previous nose, which was too conspicuous in its retread of the C4’s design (right down to the Citroën grille).
Ridding the 4 of its sibling’s double crest and replacing the headlights does at least bring the model more noticeably into the DS fold, but previous accusations of close similarity to the C4 are still hard to shake.
Bespoke features – not least the relocating of the rear door handles into the window line – remain, yet so does the suspicion that the car just isn’t special enough to look at.
In this respect, the differentiated wheel arch trim, rear spoiler and roof bars do make the Crossback marginally more interesting to behold, even if its 30mm of extra ride height isn’t necessarily apparent on first inspection.