Citroen DS4 Road Test

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Citroen DS4 Review

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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.

Infotainment

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.

Rivals
  • MINI Countryman
  • Audi A3 Sportback
  • Ford C-Max
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
Conclusion

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 Sue Baker
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Citroen DS4 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedCitroen DS4
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourPolar White
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.3 seconds
Top Speed 132 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban42.8 mpg
Extra Urban65.7 mpg
Combined55.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group23
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 25/01/12)£ 22,950

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