What's the used DS DS 4 hatchback like?
Family SUVs seem to be flooding the used market these days, but truly premium ones aren't quite so prevalent. The BMW X1 was one of the first, but it’s still quite a pricey car. The DS 4, however, has been around a while and was even sold as a Citroën before being rebranded in 2015, so there are plenty of second-hand examples to choose from.
The 4 offers two petrol and three diesel engines. Everyday driving is well catered for by the 128bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol, but there’s also a 207bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol if you need more performance. Likewise, the 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel has plenty of torque for relaxed cruising, but there are a 2.0-litre units with 148bhp and 178bhp that offer similar running costs.
Practicality is another weak point of the 4, because while those in the front seats have plenty of adjustment and there’s a nice panoramic windscreen that allows in plenty of light, the rear seats are very cramped for taller passengers and the door openings are very narrow, restricting access. Head room isn’t good enough either, due to the sloping roofline. To top it all off, the rear windows don’t open at all, which makes the air conditioning a necessity in even mild weather.
The boot is similar to that of the Volkswagen Golf, but there’s a significant load lip and the rear seats don't fold flat, making it awkward to load longer items. You do get plenty of tie-downs and a handy rechargeable torch, though (make sure the previous owner of the car you're looking at hasn’t half-inched the latter).
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