Saturday 3 December 2016

Latest DS 5 has real French flair

Published 26/07/2015 | 02:30

The new DS5
The new DS5

The facelifted DS 5 is more than just a new car, it is both the flagship and the first model to introduce the brand's stand-alone identity. Five years ago Citroën revived the DS nameplate, inspired by the original Citroën DS revealed at the 1955 Paris motor show and has now created a separate luxury brand.

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Gone are the signature Citroen Chevrons replaced by the new DS corporate grille. The new front end and xenon/LED headlights of the refreshed 5 are distinctive but for a style-centric brand, the new muted logo may be a missed opportunity.

The DS 5 is still however a chic five-seat family car and is a beautiful blend of estate, coupe and MPV. Inside the changes are less pronounced, the interior remains inspired by the world of aviation and surrounds you in a cockpit style interior of pure luxury.

On the practical side legroom and head room is good in the front and reasonably decent in the back. Rear visibility though is reduced by the avant-garde styling and the boot at 465 litres is not huge for a car of this size.

Under the bonnet, the DS 5 comes with three BlueHDi Diesels all offering excellent economy and a 4x4 Hybrid diesel that delivers an impressive average fuel consumption figure of 3.5l/100km and CO2 emissions of around 103g/km.

On the road it is a hushed and elegant cruiser. Handling is good and thanks to a new suspension set up the ride is not as firm as before.

A five-star Euro NCAP safety rating as well as curtain and lateral airbags make this one of the safest cars on the market. There is also ABS and Electronic Stability control as standard as well as an Automatic handbrake, Hill start assist and Blind spot monitoring available.

The original DS, the beautiful, legendary 50's icon is a hard act to follow but it may finally have a true successor and kindred spirit in the new DS 5.

With a starting price of €36,045 the question is just how much are you prepared to pay for something truly different.

GERALDINE HERBERT

Sunday Independent

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