The Citroen DS5 has a striking cabin and good refinement. There’s a version with a clever diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, too.
It has a punishing ride, rear legroom is tight and resale values don’t match those of German rivals.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The models that make most sense in the UK use a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine, and this provides good urgency from low revs. By contrast, the 1.6-litre diesel versions feel slow at times. There’s also a 197bhp turbocharged petrol option that’s smooth and eager, but the most interesting DS5 is the punchy Hybrid4, which mixes a diesel engine driving the front wheels with an electric motor mounted on the back axle.
Ride & Handling
The DS5 has a rock-hard ride that disturbs you on any road that isn’t silky smooth, while things get even worse if you go for a model on larger wheels. Such a stiff set-up invariably keeps the body upright on twisty roads, but the DS5 doesn’t feel at all sporty because its steering is so vague and lifeless.
Suspension thumps aside, the cabin is well insulated from the outside world. The petrol and diesel engines settle down nicely once you’re up to cruising speeds, while the Hybrid4 offers virtually silent running around town thanks to its pure-electric mode. Road and wind noise are well contained, too. The most raucous model is the turbo petrol, although its rasping exhaust note is actually pretty appealing.