The reality of the DS 5’s conventional suspension set-up is a fairly mediocre ride that is at best settled but short of sophistication, and at worst plies an uncomfortable blend of vague, unsettling body control and an intermittently grimace-inducing lack of bump absorption.
As such, the car falls down the gap between comfortable GT and encouragingly driver-focused saloon. You can’t help but feel that Citroën would have been better off settling for the likeable, soft ride that it does well in other big saloons.
Still, if the DS 5 falls closer to any one camp then it’s that of the comfortable luxo-barge, because its handling is certainly no sparkling success. Acceptable, yes, but merely average generally.
The weight of the car is noticeable as it shuffles from corner to corner in vigorous driving, while the ride is at its jarring worst under high cornering forces, where the DS 5 feels fidgety and unsettled.
Substantial steering kick-back over very poor surfaces at high speeds is another discomfiting trait, even if the slightly springy steering is inoffensive in its weighting and response. In the unlikely event that a DS 5 owner does push to the limits of grip, the result will be substantial but manageable understeer.