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The DS 4’s sculpted interior helps give it a real premium feel, making it a good – if pricey –alternative to the usual family car suspects. However, a disappointing ride and handling balance, together with so-so performance means that it can’t quite stand up to the likes of the Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series.
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The Performance Line trim makes the appearance of the DS4 a little more sporty, with 19in alloy wheels and black window surrounds and DS badges. You also get a Alcantara suede and leather interior, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a pressed carbon fibre insert on the steering wheel that is unique to each car. Like the entry-level Bastille + trim, you don’t get built-in sat nav, head-up display or the additional small touchscreen.
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The 1.6 E-Tense Plug-in Hybrid is the one to have if you’re a company car driver aiming to keep benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax payments low. With 221bhp, the E-Tense feels especially brisk, going from 0-60mph in 7.7sec, which is almost one second faster than the BMW 1 Series 118i M Sport. On top of the extra pace, the E-Tense also boasts an official electric-only range of 38miles (although, we’d take that with a pinch of salt) and low CO2 emissions.
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