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Deal of the day: Citroen DS5

  • Save nearly Β£4000 off the Citroen DS5
  • Quirky styling inside and out with quality materials
  • Interesting alternative to German rivals
Words ByMike Vousden

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The car: Citroen DS5 1.6 BlueHDi 120 DSign
The saving: Β£3857
The discounted price: Β£19,403
The broker: Drivethedeal.com

For
The Citroen DS5 is the company's executive car contender, and it's definitely more avant-garde than its rivals. Witness the chrome blades that run from the headlights to the windscreen, or the watch strap-inspired leather seats.

There’s lots of room and adjustment up front, and once you're on the move the DS5 keeps road and wind noise very much in the background.

Quality is reasonable, and the feel is enhanced by the soft-touch plastics around the cabin.

Equipment levels are good, even on this entry-level DSign model. It comes with dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and starting, Bluetooth, a USB input and cruise control.

Against
It’s got a bone-shaking ride. Citroen has made the DS5 bang and crash over apparently smooth surfaces, no matter what your speed. As you'd expect, larger alloy wheels only make this worse.

Resale values, again, are not up to the standard of its German rivals, although it will cost less to buy. Citroen’s reliability record is patchy at best, finishing slightly worse than average in our JD Power survey.

Some questionable controls compromise an otherwise nicely appointed cabin. The steering is vague, the gearshift isn’t especially positive and some of the smaller buttons that operate the radio or the infotainment feel very cheap and flimsy.

Should I add any options?
Try tlo keep the price as low as possible by sticking with the well-equipped, entry-level DSign.

If you want it, it might be worth upgrading the infotainment with a sat-nav and a reversing camera but beyond that most options make the DS5 too expensive.

What next?
Head to Drivethedeal.com and select Citroen and DS5 from the drop-down menus to see the range of deals available.