There is much to like about the DS4, the middle model in Citroen range
Comfort and Refinement
The DS4’s cabin has a strong designer feel and there is some interesting detailing. This includes door handles with the wavy DS pattern imprinted on them, and the soft-touch plastic dashboard trim is textured with a pattern of what looks like thousands of tiny hearts. An interesting feature lets you customise the dashboard lighting colour to suit your own choice, varying it from white through various shades of blue, and – inspired by the mobile phone age in which we live - you can also choose between four polyphonic sounds for the warning alerts.
We particularly like the interior upholstery option that trims the seats in leather-crafted panels resembling the metal links of a high-class watch strap. Citroen offers a choice between three trim levels, which it described as ‘signatures’. Somewhat bizarrely, they are called DSign, DStyle and DSport.
Safety and Security
Citroen has a strong record of top level performance on the Euro NCAP crash test programme, and the DS4 is no exception. It scores the full five stars for crash protection, so its passive safety provision is confirmed as very good. It includes standard front and rear curtain airbags, and front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters. The car is well-equipped for active safety, with electronic brake-force distribution, emergency braking assistance and electronic traction control all standard kit across all versions.
An RDS stereo radio-CD player with six speakers is standard, with surround sound and an Aux-In socket. Sound quality is reasonable though not exceptional. Bluetooth and USB connectivity is standard on this model, but not on all versions.
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What We Liked
- Endearing quirkiness, it is a bit different from the norm
- Bespoke looking interior
- Feels very well put together
- Growing cachet of DS badge, Citroen’s premium brand
- Strong performance from two-litre turbodiesel engine
What We Disliked
- Slightly nose-heavy feel of the diesel engine
- Premium pricing
What We Would Like To See
- Openable rear windows
There is much to like about the DS4, the middle model in Citroen’s individualistic, and somewhat idiosyncratic, prestige brand. It has design flair and quirky touches that elevate it away from mainstream Citroen products. The disguised rear doors cleverly combine style with practicality. We would score the DS4 higher if it were not quite so pricey for what is on offer.25 January 2012
Citroen DS4 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Citroen DS4|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||132 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||65.7 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 25/01/12)||£ 22,950|