Brief overview of DS 3, DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4, DS 4 Crossback and DS 5.
DS Automobiles produces fashionable, stylish, and relatively low cost vehicles for those that like to stand out from the crowd. It is a separate brand within Groupe PSA that also incorporates Peugeot and Citroen. Until recently, however, the “DS” designation was reserved for the most striking vehicles within Citroen's range.
Furthermore, classic car enthusiasts associate the term with the Citroen DS that launched in the fifties. This saloon and estate range has space-age styling and is a prized classic, so the current models build on its prestige. Let us take an overview of the range.
DS 3 Overview
The DS 3 is a 3-door, supermini size, hatchback available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre, 82PS, petrol is the least powerful and the 1.6-litre, 210PS, petrol the most. 0-62mph times range from 12.3 to 6.5 seconds, average fuel consumption from 83.1 to 50.4mpg, and emissions from 87 to 129g/km.
Standard equipment includes: air-con, cruise control with speed limiter, electric windows and a tyre pressure monitor. Also, every version has a hill-start feature to stop them rolling backward on slopes. Cargo capacity is 285-litres and prices start from £13,995.
DS 3 Cabrio Overview
The DS 3 Cabrio is a soft-top version of the hatchback and has a large, fabric, roof that operates electrically at up to 70mph. It is best perceived as a large sunroof rather than a full, traditional, convertible lid. In other words, it slides back but the vehicle's rear pillars, window and side glass stay in position.
The DS 3 Cabrio shares its sibling's range of engines but performance varies slightly. Expect 0-62 in between 12.5 and 6.5 seconds, fuel consumption from 50.4 to 80.7mpg and carbon emissions from 92 to 129g/km. Standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, cargo capacity is 245-litres, and prices start at £18,195.
DS 4 Overview
The DS 4 is a small, family size, hatchback that has 5 doors, a 385-litre boot and comes with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.2-litre, 130PS, petrol is the least powerful and the 1.6-litre, 210PS, petrol the most. Expect 0-62mph in between 7.8 and 11.4 seconds, 47.9 to 74.3mpg, and emissions of 100 to 138g/km.
Standard features include: automatic door and boot locking (when the vehicle reaches a certain speed), locking wheel nuts, tinted rear windows, body-coloured rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, automatic electric parking brake and steering wheel mounted audio controls. The DS 4 costs from £19,595.
DS 4 Crossback
The DS 4 Crossback is a crossover class vehicle so combines the practicality, running costs, and handling of a hatchback with the robust, off-road, styling of a sports-utility vehicle. It, therefore, sits far higher the DS 4 on which it is based and looks more muscular. It also has 5 doors plus a 385-litre cargo capacity.
The Crossback shares the same engines as its sibling and core performance figures match. Standard equipment includes: Bluetooth, a 7” touchscreen interface, satellite navigation, reversing camera plus the gear efficiency indicator which confirms when to change cog for the optimal fuel efficiency. New prices start from £21,745.
DS 5 Overview
The DS 5 is slightly longer than the DS 4 but proportions remain comparable with the small family class. It has 5 doors, cargo capacity is 465-litres (325-litres hybrid) and prices start at £26,350. Standard toys include its: anti-misfuelling system, keyless entry/start, satellite navigation and rear parking sensors.
Furthermore, there is a choice of petrol, diesel and hybrid (with 4-wheel-drive) engines that produce between 120 and 210PS. Average fuel consumption ranges from 45.6 to 72.4mpg, emissions from 103 to 136g/km and the sprint to 62mph takes between 8.1 and 11.9 seconds.