But right now, the 4 is the freshest indicator we have of this emergent brand’s calibre and direction – and it speaks more loudly of strides yet to be made than of progress achieved.
The 4’s all-round quality, on-board technology and habitation levels still leave a lot to be desired. And although its ride and handling show improvement, a drab powertrain and some under-developed controls put a lid firmly on the car’s dynamic appeal – and then screw it down pretty tightly.
Although we have only one crossover class, any car within it for which a premium price is expected ought to merit a berth in our top five. Very few actually do, though – DS4 included.
If the DS 4 has any chance of breaking into our top five crossover list, then creating extra leg room in the front and back wouldn’t go a miss, as well as correcting the pedal routing for the right-hand drive cars and a less arcane looking trip computer.