Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

It’s the real thing! Falling in love with Citroën's DS5

I’ve just fallen madly in love. Yes, it’s for the fourth or fifth time this year but those other four-wheel flings were the motoring equivalent of one night stands.

This time it’s for real. The smart new Citroën DS5 sitting pertly outside my front door is the real thing: my dream car, at least, for the moment.



Like all the best mistresses, the French flyer is exciting, quirky, different. It has an audacious, flirtatious edge to its design and oozes refinement, with a resolutely modern and original approach to the needs of drivers in the premium executive sector.



Inspired by the strikingly innovative C-Sport Lounge, the DS5 completes the DS line as a brilliant range-topper.



The styling is bold and modern, the interior luxurious, with an aviation inspired cockpit roof and pilot-style cabin.



The front end instantly identifies the car’s DS lineage, with its pronounced air-intakes, chrome grille and incisive ‘gaze’ underscored by LED light signatures. At the rear, DS5 sits squarely on wide tracks, underlined by chrome-finished twin exhausts and rear clusters with six light guides.



Compact and agile, it is at the same time spacious and versatile – with five full-size seats and up to 465-litres of boot space.



It handles superbly, easing out the kinks in the road with a confident embrace



It’s the first production Citroën to be fitted with the acclaimed, smooth, quiet and powerful 200hp Hybrid4 low emissions diesel powertrain. Performance is brisk: 0-62 in 8.4 seconds and a 134 mp/h top speed being claimed.



The company’s Créative Technologie programme brings DS5 buyers keyless access and start, smart beams, a colour head-up display, a lane departure warning system and auto braking to avoid front end shunts.



There are some multiple choices on offer – eight body colours, six wheel designs and nine upholstery options among them.



Prices run from £22,400 up to £32,200 and business users will find the low (10%) company car tax ratings attractive.



As with any lover, there are minor warts and pimples which are only noticed with ongoing acquaintance. The clutch is on the heavy side, the gear-change a bit notchy and the foot pedals and foot rest could do with being less tightly spaced – but when it’s true love you overlook such minor niggles.



I’ve just re-filled the tank – and, yes, fuel consumption is frugal at 55 mpg in the combined cycle – I’ve got the keys and the sat/nav co-ordinates, so how say we elope to Gretna Green?

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