The updated DS 4 is perhaps a bad car by which to judge the new, out-on-its-own DS premium brand.

It’s a car based on a platform that many Peugeot and Citroën models have already left behind, one designed for the most part when crossovers and the DS brand were in their infancy.

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.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Dynamics have improved, but otherwise still little more than an also-ran

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.

Which means it falls shy of the class-leader the Nissan Qashqai, the practical and large Ford Kuga, the revamped BMW X1, the Skoda Yeti and Mazda CX-5.

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.

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