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For The DS5 has an interesting cabin design and is very refined. There’s a version with a trick hybrid powertrain, too.

Against It has a punishing ride, rear legroom is tight and resale values won’t match those of established German rivals.

Citroën DS5 Hatchback
22 5stars

The Citroen DS5 isn’t without its strengths, but it’s hard to recommend an executive car that rides so poorly.

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There are 10 Citroën DS5 versions available

Hatchback 1.6 e-HDI 115 A'Dream DSign EG 5dr £23,260
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 HDi 160 DSign 5dr £24,260
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDI 115 A'Dream DStyle E 5dr £25,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 HDi 160 DStyle 5dr £26,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 200 DStyle 5dr £26,860
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 HDi 160 DSport 5dr £28,915
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 200 DSport 5dr £28,920
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid4 200 Airdream DSign 5dr £29,060
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid4 200 A'dream DStyle 5dr £31,560
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid4 200 A'dream DSport 5dr £33,660
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

It’s hard to recommend a petrol Citroen DS5 because their fuel and tax costs are too high.

That leaves the diesels - but it’s pretty easy to discount the 1.6-litre model, which is extremely slow and is available only with Citroen’s jerky ‘electronic manual’ gearbox.

So the pick of the range will come down to either the 2.0 diesel - with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto 'box - and the Hybrid4, which takes the same engine but throws an electric motor on the back axle into the mix.

The Hybrid4 is technically interesting, and has some impressive fuel economy and CO2 figures. It’s also the most expensive model in the range, though, and it has less boot space than the other models, so the sweet spot in the range for most people is the regular 2.0 HDi.

Reader test team says:

Citroën DS5 Hatchback 2.0 HDi 160 DSport 5dr

I am currently running the DS5 2.0 D in Sport model. the car is top rate apart from some minor issues. The issues may seam minor, but had I known…

Bill Earlie

4 out of 5 stars

Citroën DS5 Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid4 200 A'dream DSport 5dr

I love this car, smooth quiet ride, power when you need it and sheer comfort and luxury in the cabin. The watch strap leather is gorgeous and the…

Annette Read

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën DS5 Hatchback 2.0 Hybrid4 200 A'dream DSport 5dr

I love this car. I run the hybrid4 model which has everything I need to prevent boredom on the motorway. Fuel consumption is much higher than claimed…

Tom Barron

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën DS5 Hatchback 2.0 HDi 160 DStyle 5dr

D-Style with leather/electric seats, reviewed after 13 months & 36k miles. Good: It's not a 3er/A4/C Class Exterior and interior design Very well…

Chris Stott

1 out of 5 stars
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