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Desirable DS4

Desirable DS4

Your editor is a great fan of Citroen. Don‘t ask me why, I can‘t tell you. That‘s just how it is. Prior to the arrival of the DS3 the company languished in the doldrums of the Xantia and  Xsara but now, with the imminent arrival of the on-trend Cactus, Citroen may very well be on a roll. For the most part Citroen’s designers can usually be relied upon to come up with stylish goods and such is the case with the DS4, a great car that seems to be virtually ignored in the UK.

The car in the pictures is the DS4 DSport HDI 160 with a six-speed auto ‘box. Essentially it is a high-riding five door hatchback based on the regular C4 but with the DS family facial features. As it is not an SUV it must be what they call a ‘crossover’. It‘s certainly very handsome wherever you stand to admire it. I like the way the roof-line sweeps down to the deep spoiler and the rounded haunches. The rear doors have ‘hidden’ handles for that sleek coupe look.

Specifications vary as ever but there are three trim options – DSign, DStyle and DSport – but additionally on this car there are some nice touches. The 19” Cairns alloys are gorgeous (more on those later though) and the panoramic windscreen is a delight, giving the interior a light and airy aspect. In the unlikely event of being subjected to the glare of the sun however the visors not only hinge in the usual manner but also slide down to narrow the screen. Genius. The lid of the central cubby slides forward to make a handy armrest for both front seats. It’s possible to fiddle about with the dashboard mood lighting too.MB2 Desirable DS4

The rest of the interior is tidy and uncluttered.  The comfortable seat are heated, have electric lumbar adjustment but, rather oddly, only manual adjustment for height, reach and rake. At this money I would like to see all-electric adjustment. Things are a bit tighter in the back but normal sized people can cope and kids will do fine.

Driving, then The first thing to mention is the gearbox. It’s a six speed automatic that’s smooth in operation, has a manual sequential shift option – though not paddles – but is otherwise as you‘d expect. The four cylinder 2.0L turbo-diesel on this option offers 163bhp, which is fine, and 251lb/ft of torque so progress can be brisk, reaching 62mph is just under ten seconds. Thanks to up-rated suspension, the Citroen DS4 offers a sharper feel and is more agile from behind the wheel.

Steering is nicely weighted and gives plenty of feel from the road with a precision that makes driving the DS4 a pleasure. However, on rough B roads and the like the ride was a bit unsettled. This might be due to the big 19” wheels. There’s an option to select smaller wheels which will help the ride although the 19’s are so good-looking you probably won’t.

MB really liked this car although the version you see costs £27,920, which included special paint and some other extras. Go for the standard model though and you will have a very good car that won’t be seen on every street corner.

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