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.
What Car? says
The Citroen DS5 isn’t without its strengths, but it’s hard to recommend an executive car that rides so poorly.
What Car? readers say
Need help buying a car?Get in touch
There are 10 Citroën DS5 versions available
Target Price team says:
It’s hard to recommend a petrol Citroen DS5, even though the 197bhp model is quick and has an entertaining exhaust note. Fuel economy and running costs will just be too high.
That leaves the diesels - but it’s pretty easy to discount the more lowly motor, the 1.6, because it’s extremely slow and is available only with Citroen’s awkward ‘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 - 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 boasts some impressive fuel economy figures and CO2 emissions. It also rides slightly better, because its rear suspension set-up is more sophisticated. However, it’s also the most expensive model in the range, and it has less boot space than the other models, so the sweet spot in the range is the regular 2.0 HDi.
Reader test team says:
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…
I was nearly put off by the What car review, eventually took one for a test-drive and discovered a car that is perfectly fine to drive, rides quite…
I had this car on an extended test drive, being an owner of the softly riding and refined Citroën C5. The exterior and interior are both, in my…
I initially read whatcar's review and was put off even looking at the DS5, then I started reading owners reviews and decided to road test one - a…