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Citroen DS5 2014 review


The Citroen DS5 sits at the top of the top of the French brand’s premium lineup, above the DS3 and DS4 models.


It’s not quite a replacement for the old C6 flagship though, being significantly smaller, and about half the price too.

Despite its ‘5’ nomenclature, the DS5 borrows its underpinnings from the Citroen C4, not the larger C5, and the uniquely shaped DS5’s nearest rival would be the BMW 3 Series GT, but the Citroen costs significantly less.

Unlike the BMW though, there’s no disputing the Citroen’s beauty, with cohesive shapes and lines throughout and exquisite detailing.

The DS5’s aesthetic delights continue on the inside, with a luxuriously appointed interior that looks like it’s just rolled off a motor show stand.

This automotive artform is also a practical five door hatch, with a useful 465-litre cargo area and folding seats, and it can tow up to 1500kg.

There are a couple of design quirks though, including a lack of cupholders in the centre console, and the rear wiper is like watching a finger sweep the glass.


On top of the leather and textured aluminium trim, the $51,990 DS5 diesel comes with heated front seats and a massaging driver’s seat, panoramic roof sections with electric blinds, a heads up display and satnav, and Xenon headlights that steer around corners.

Engine / Transmission

The PSA Group’s familiar 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine is the default engine choice, but this one’s the optional 2.0-litre turbodiesel which is well worth the extra 3 thousand dollars.

With 120kW and 340Nm, it does a great job of moving the 1615kg DS5, and still returns a combined fuel figure of 6.1L/100km.

Both engines come with a six-speed auto, which made good use of the diesel’s torque in our tester.


The DS5 carries a full five star ANCAP rating, with dual frontal, side and curtain airbags, ABS, EBD and stability control.

A reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors are also standard, but the DS5 does without collision alerts or blind-spot monitoring systems.


On the road, the DS5 is a quiet and comfortable place to be, as long as the road is reasonably smooth.

The ride is harsher than what you’d expect from a Citroen, and the steering is a bit vague and the torsion beam rear end can be skittish over mid-corner bumps.


Overall, the DS5’s unique character and unquestionable style helps to mask its compromised chassis, and its relative value and load-lugging practicality score it more points again.

The Citroen DS5 is an alternative choice in the premium mid-size segment, but it’s not a bad one, and it’s definitely a good looking one.

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Dsport 1.6L, —, 6 SP AUTO $8,580 – 12,100 2013 Citroen DS5 2013 Dsport Pricing and Specs
Dsport HDi 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $15,400 – 19,800 2013 Citroen DS5 2013 Dsport HDi Pricing and Specs
Malcolm Flynn


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