Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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Citroën DS4 (11-) Hatchback
9 reader reviews for Citroën DS4 Hatchback.
  • 1.6 HDi 110 DStyle 5dr

    Ciarán Wateridge , Hampshire . Date: 15/06/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      49

    My car

    We picked up a 61 plate Citroen DS4 HDi DStyle for around about the £10k (at the time the car was 2 years old) and the dealer managed to negotiate quite a good deal to get it. Though the mileage was around 37000 it ran like a dream and still does some 5000 later. It looks gorgeous and the striking, bold daytime running lights really help with this. The 1.6HDi engine in mine was one of the last of the traditional engines with no Blue additives of Micro-hybrid tech but it's still a pretty efficient car. Broadly speaking I average between 45-55mpg depending on the kind of driving I do. Since I spend a lot of time in the urban environment I expect economy to be worse but a long run has had nearly 60mpg from the dash (and the dash seems to be a little bit conservative compared to working it out from fuel receipts). It's more than powerful enough for overtakes and due to the 6 speed box is lovely and quiet on the motorway (pulling about 1700rpm at 70mph). It's extremely well equipped for a middle spec version and everything works very well. My only gripes are the costs of repair/servicing/tyres. Due to the abnormal tyre size a decent brand is well over £100 per tyre; a lot for a French hatchback. I was recently quoted nearly £400 for a wing mirror replacement and servicing through Citroen themselves is rather expensive (go independent). Otherwise cannot fault!

  • 1.6 VTi 120 DStyle 5dr

    Clive Earby , Northants . Date: 05/02/2015
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    Yes it is a very good looking machine, and it is well equipped, but I hate it!

    So why did I buy it?

    At the time (March 2013) Citroen were very kindly knocking £5k off the price, and after test driving a DIESEL version of this I thought I got a good deal. However nobody advised me that the clutch and gearbox on the petrol version are totally different, or lets say the car I finished up with is NOTHING like that tested.

    I am a 200lb fit, active bloke who trains with weights 2/3 times a week and it takes ALL my strength to change gear, almost to the point have having to half stand to depress the clutch, them force gear lever into place, then because of the pressure from clutch ones foot is thrown off it. One can not hold this car a lights etc. by holding clutch as it is just too powerful! I think it is dangerous in the extreme.

    So what do Citroen say, I took it to my dealer a few weeks ago and of course they said it was perfect, I took it to an independent garage yesterday and they agree with me, but advised they thought it could be rectified. So back to Mr Citroen, we shall see if some of this extreme pressure can be reduced.

    I seriously regret buying this car, and am now scared to use it, in nearly 2 years it has done only 8k miles, and of course the trade in value is stupid, bad mistake. And yes I agree with other review about hard work on rough roads, it is.

  • 1.6 HDi 110 DStyle 5dr

    Paul James , . Date: 15/01/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51

    My car

    We bought our DS4 a year ago, having never had a Citroen before, and have been very impressed. Thankfully we ignored the poor review on this site and a few others and went for a car that is a bit different but very capable.

    We're getting around 51mpg from the 1.6 diesel, and it gives decent performance. Ride quality is very good - infinitely better with the 18 inch wheels than the 19 inch ones (although they do look very nice!).

    Boot space is very good, compared to our previous Golf.

    The car looks great too in our view, and we like that we don't see too many on the road. The interior is of a decent quality too, and the panoramic windscreen is brilliant.

    We bought ours nearly new (8 months old) from a car supermarket for around £12K (it had 13K miles on the clock)- this seemed like great value to us.

    The main issue we've had is that the car pulled to the left. From an internet search this seems to be experienced by other DS4 owners. The Citroen dealer could find no problem, so after re-tracking and replacing the front 2 tyres due to uneven wear the problem has now disappeared!

    The awkward access to the rear seats isn't much of an issue in our opinion. Our kids are old enough to manage this without noticing it. Similarly the fact that the rear windows don't open hasn't been a problem - it has air con and they never opened the rear windows in our previous Golf anyway!

    In summary, we're well impressed and really like our DS4.

  • 1.6 e-HDi 115 DStyle ETG6 5dr

    NJ Burrell , . Date: 30/09/2014
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    E-Hdi Airdream style 1.6 with Xenon upgrade, rubbing strips and GardX. A few issues early on with gear engagement. At 35 months two injectors failed. Alloys corroded badly, showing every encounter with the tyre balancer. These issues were covered under warranty, but the car was out of action for the best part of a month Not great on tyre wear. Windscreen wipers don't clear the driver's side, passenger gets a great view Blind-spot indicators don't pick up motorbikes and give false positives in the wet. Transmission issues are on-going. Gearbox can get confused quite easily - don't ask for torque and subsequently lift, you'll end up coasting in neutral while the transmission sorts its next move out. Intermittent problems between reverse and first gear continue. Firm ride and fair handling. It is what it is. Sporty it is not. Bluetooth connectivity is a problem and the best music solution is USB stick. Passenger complains about lack of second cup-holder (only available if you can keep the central console storage free of 12V accessories and if air-con is on, your coffee is going to cool PDQ). Rubbing strips are prone to collect mould/moss. Fine if you can garage the vehicle. Mediocre Dealer experience leaves this purchase with a pretty sour taste for Citroen.

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