DS5 DSport 2.0 HDi Auto
known in the UK for its
discounted, fuel-efficient, cheap-
to-run small to medium cars
and strong-selling MPV people
have in the past been hit hard
by poor residual values because
of small sales. So how will
new five-door DS5 executive
THE VERY ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY STYLISH DS5 is priced from £22,400 to £32,200
and offers a wide range of engine options: 1.6-litre turboed petrol and diesel
units, 2.0 turbodiesels, and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel-hybrid 4x4 powertrain
as used in the Peugeot 508 RXH. Trim-wise, depending on the engine chosen, there
is DSign, DStyle, and DSport.
Citroen in the UK estimate 85% of DS5 customers will go for the diesel engines;
just 5% will opt for petrol power and 10%, mainly low tax-seeking business users,
will go for the hybrids. Citroen never forecasts sales numbers, but they estimate
the DS5 will see 30% of its UK sales coming from private motorists and the rest
from fleet and business user-chooser customers.
sub-100g/km diesel-hybrid DSign 4x4 variant (with its unloved electronic EGC
gearbox) makes most tax sense for fleet and business users because of its 10%
company car tax, its London Congestion Charge exemption, £0 road tax and its
£27,600 purchase price.
Its big and bold
twin rear exhaust pipes, prominent cooling vents
and light clusters,
and showy grille give it
a powerful image.
On the inside theres real
design flair, and the
well up to its
executive car status.
If it wore an Audi,
BMW, or Mercedes-Benz
badge, we would
accept it as a premium
However, Citroen say the likely best-selling model will be the 160bhp 2.0-litre
turbodiesel engine with 2WD and the top-level DSport trim.
This version also has the option of a proper six-speed torque converter automatic
transmission which, unfortunately, adds £1,500 to the price, making my test
model a very testing £29,500.
The test car also carried other extra-cost options including 19-inch wheels
which no way would I recommend
but more about that later...
The Citroen DS5 is a complex vehicle. On the one hand it's very good and on
the other very bad. The good points include the styling, both inside and out.
From the outside, its wide and fairly high stance and coupe roofline give it
the look of a sports SUV crossover.
It's big and bold and the twin rear exhaust pipes, prominent cooling vents and
light clusters, and showy front grille give it a powerful image. On the inside
there is real design flair, and the craftsmanship is well up to its executive
car status. If it wore an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz badge, we would readily
accept it as a premium product.
The front passengers sit in aircraft-style twin cockpits with overhead controls
and switches and twin skylight-type glass panels in the roof. The futuristic
controls blend happily with old-school design touches such as the analogue clock.
Laminated side windows make it a quiet place to travel in
although I found it a bit too snug for width in the front due to the wide centre
console, which is also home to copious amounts of aircraft-style switches. I'm
pleased I was trying an automatic transmission model because with three pedals
in a manual version's footwell, foot space would be limited.
In the rear, there's plenty of width for three people but there isn't, given
the 4.5-metre overall length, that much legroom. The lower rear section roofline,
giving the coupe styling, also limits headroom for tall passengers. There is
a sunroof for rear seat passengers and the rear tailgate has upper and lower
twin rear windows but the relatively small lower section limits rear visibility,
as do the meaty rear-quarter roof pillars.
the rear seats you'll find a 465-litre boot but, because the rear sill is relatively
high, heavy items have to be lifted up and into the boot rather than sliding
them as is the case with most SUVs or estates.
DSport specification is undeniably comprehensive: leather upholstery, AirCon,
a great sound system, electrically-operated windows and door mirrors, plus a
full array of safety features helping it to a five-star NCAP safety rating.
going to gloss over the engine's performance
the torquey 160bhp 2.0-litre HDI turbodiesel unit is well used and well known
in Citroen and Peugeot ranges. In the DS5, with the silky smooth six-speed auto
gearbox, the top speed is 132mph and zero to 62mph takes 9.8 seconds.
Whilst a stylish outside
and a finely-crafted cabin
with high levels of
specification are sound
reasons to buy,
the main reason why
I would not
recommend the DS5
is because of its
Officially it will average 46.3mpg and on my test 44mpg was the overall figure
covering all types of conditions. CO2 emissions of 158g/km means road tax is
£170 (company car tax is 24%).
Opting for the same engine but with a manual gearbox makes more financial sense
fuel consumption goes up to 57.6mpg and emissions go down significantly, to
129g/km; so road tax is £0 for the first year then £100 for the second year
onwards with 19% company car tax. So the advice is to pay £1,500 less when you
buy and take the manual gearbox version instead of the auto.
Whilst a stylish outside and a finely-crafted cabin with high levels of specification
are sound reasons to buy, the main reason why I would not recommend the DS5
is because of its extremely poor ride qualities.
The rock-hard suspension on all models limits body roll but shocks from every
bump, pothole and tarmac ripple are transmitted through the bodyshell which
inevitably unsettles the handling and batters the passengers with never-ending
discomfort. My test model running on a set of the optional 19-inch wheels and
low profile tyres was even worse.
Good points include the glamorous and distinctive executive car styling inside
and out, high safety rating, and good fuel economy.
Against? Limited rear seat headroom for tall adults, and the auto version is
much more expensive to buy, tax and run. Worst of all is the appallingly hard
and uncompromising ride quality, which for me ruined a really interesting and
stylish executive car.
Citroen DS5 DSport HDi 160 Auto | £29,000
Maximum speed: 132mph | 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds | Overall test MPG: 44mpg
Power: 160bhp | Torque: 251lb ft | CO2 158g/km