What's the used Citroën DS 5 hatchback like?
When you think of an executive car, you don’t often think of a high-riding hatchback with lashings of chrome. Yet the Citroën DS5 stands out among its more conservative rivals for these reasons and is a genuinely interesting alternative.
Citroën hasn’t always had the greatest of success when challenging rivals such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Benz C-Class. That's perhaps why the DS5 has been penned look as bold as it does.
The engine range comprises one petrol engine, two diesel units – a 1.6 and a 2.0 – and a diesel hybrid. Petrol DS5s are quite rare on the used market, with the majority of buyers going for a diesel when new. The 2.0 diesel provides plenty of low-down grunt and is noticeably faster than the smaller diesel option. The hybrid uses a combination of the 2.0 diesel engine to drive the front wheels and an electric motor to power the back axle.
The DS5 is not without its downsides. The first is the significant blindspots caused by its unconventional shape. The windscreen pillars can obscure your forward vision at junctions and the very thick rear pillars and a small back window can make parking difficult.
The second problem concerns the ride; it is far too firm and unsettled on all but the smoothest of roads. The rock-hard suspension does help to keep body movements in check, but it doesn’t give the DS5 a sporting drive because the steering is lifeless and vague.
Equipment levels are on a par with rivals: the entry-level DS5 gets climate control, automatic lights and wipers, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Bluetooth and USB socket as standard. DStyle gets rear parking sensors and sat-nav, while top-of-the-range DSport adds leather seats, front parking sensors and xenon lights.
Inside, you get an aluminium centre console, brightly coloured instrument dials and a cockpit divider that runs down the centre of the ceiling. Thanks to the raised ride height, everyone has a good view out and the seats are nicely shaped. However, there isn’t as much rear leg room in the DS5 compared with some of its rivals.
You get plenty of soft-touch plastics and metal-rimmed heater controls to give the DS5 a degree of perceived quality. Only the rather small stereo buttons disappoint, because they’re the same as the ones used on less expensive models in the Citroën range and feel a bit cheap and flimsy.