The DS 5 comes quite well equipped, with Elegance very generously specced and Prestige lavishly so. Standard kit includes LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control and a 7.0in infotainment system with sat-nav. The jump up to Prestige isn’t cheap, but it adds a leather interior, 18in alloys and a reversing camera, while Performance Line sits in between them and mainly offers cosmetic tweaks, including the options of different colour packs.
DS reliability is still largely unknown, but Citroën has a poor record in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey. Every DS model comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty.
For safety, the previous Citroën scored a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating but the latest model’s safety rating is yet to be disclosed. It comes with driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags.
Although the DS 5’s range of efficient diesel engines should help to keep running costs down, its starting price makes it as expensive as a BMW, Audi or Mercedes which, when you consider how far behind these rivals it is in some vital areas, makes it hard to recommend. It has poor resale values, too, so you’re likely to take quite a heavy hit in depreciation if you buy the car new.