New Citroen DS5 Review
The Citroen DS5 is a bold and innovative design in the best Citroën traditions. It drives well but isn't as sporty as its looks suggest. Instead, it's the comfort and the drama of interior that stand out.
If you're too much of a youthful, go-getting, trend-setter for its core range of family-focused cars, Citroën reckons it has the answer. The DS line consists of models with a little more panache and fire in their bellies or "French luxury" as Citroën calls it.
This Citroen DS5 is the third DS Citroën to emerge, unless you count the original Citroën DS circa 1955, a Galic groundbreaker that's still held out as a seminal moment in the brand's history.
The 5 joins the DS3 and the DS4, which are spruced-up versions of the C3 supermini and C4 family hatch respectively. But despite the obvious links, it would be doing the Citroen DS5 a disservice to suggest it's merely Citroën's C5 Ford Mondeo rival in fancy dress.
The car boasts the flamboyantly sporty styling cues that mark it out as a DS but the proportions are stockier than a C5's. The stubby nose, high window line and tailgate rear give it the look of a giant hot hatch. It's tall too though, with an upright driving position more akin to a crossover SUV than a traditional family saloon or estate.
It all makes the Citroen DS5 a tough car to pigeonhole and the waters are only muddied further by a raft of aeronautically inspired design features that have been thrown in. Toggle switches on the ceiling, a gear lever modelled on a plane's flight stick and a heads-up display all crop up in the cabin.
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