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      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      Large family car
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel, Hybrid
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Unique looks, average everything else

Best bits

  • It’s different 
  • Optional ‘watch strap’ leather interior is very cool 
  • Decent standard kit levels

Not so great

  • Conventional alternatives are much better
  • Suspension is firm to the point of discomfort 
  • 6EAT automatic transmission is slow and jerky 

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Overall verdict on the DS 5

"It’s tricky not to see the DS 5 as a significant miss from DS. It’s neither as stylish and sophisticated as the original DS models that it aimed to replicate or as genuinely posh, comfortable and nice to drive as the German saloons it wanted to steal sales from. Perhaps this confused personality is the biggest sign that it was never a bespoke DS model to begin with."

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The DS 5 (previously the Citroen DS 5) was Citroen’s push to plush, pitching the large, bold hatchback at big-selling premium saloons like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


The DS badge was meant to evoke memories of the old Citroen DS, a Gallic executive car that created its own unique style when it was launched in the 50s and remains something of a cultish icon to this day. It was a French luxury saloon good enough to take on the best from Germany and, sadly, hasn’t been replicated since. 


It's a situation the DS 5 doesn't rectify. Okay, so its ballooned hatchback looks and lashings of chrome gave it its own ‘unique’ appearance, but attractive? Not so much. It's certainly nowhere near as striking as its classic namesake. 


While the looks weren’t revolutionary some of the DS 5’s technology was genuinely impressive when it went on sale. Top-of-the-range Hybrid4 versions combined a 2.0-litre diesel engine that turned the front wheels with an electric motor that spun up the rears. That gave you four-wheel drive, but also a short electric-only range that helped the DS 5 return decent fuel economy. The range also included conventional petrol and diesels.


Conventional is a good way to describe how the DS 5 drives. It’s neither as comfortable as a Mercedes nor as fun to drive as a BMW – in fact, it’s some way off matching either. Its ride is firm and flustered over bumps, yet this doesn’t translate into responsive handling and – to cap it all off – the stodgy steering doesn’t inspire much confidence. 


At least the interior gets close to matching the premium feel of rivals in period. The vast windscreen is supposed to replicate an aircraft’s cockpit – an analogy that’s reinforced by the roof-mounted controls – and it lets plenty of light wash into the cabin, especially in combination with the optional panoramic glass roof. 


Material quality is also reasonable and you get neat touches like the shark tooth buttons on the centre console, leather “watch strap” upholstery and an analogue clock. 


Sadly, DS hasn’t managed to combine these quirky details with impressive interior practicality. Tall adults will be fine in the front, but the sweeping roofline does rear-seat headroom no favours even if legroom is fine. Oddoment space is okay but not helped by the tiny glovebox.


You do get a reasonably large boot if you go for one of the conventional models, but that can’t be said of the hybrid car. Packaging problems caused by its electric motor and battery mean its boot is actually significantly smaller than in a Volkswagen Golf – a car that sits a size below the DS – hard to forgive in a car aimed at families. 


For this reason and more, it’s tricky not to see the DS 5 as a significant miss from DS. It’s neither as stylish and sophisticated as the original DS models that it aimed to replicate or as genuinely posh, comfortable and nice to drive as the German saloons it wanted to steal sales from. Perhaps this confused personality is the biggest sign that it was never a bespoke DS model to begin with. 


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2.0 BlueHDi 180 Prestige 5dr EAT6

  • 2018
  • 15,211 miles
  • Perrys Citroen Nelson
  • Lancashire, BB96RT
Price:£14,495
PCP: £262.55/mo

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1.6 BlueHDi Elegance 5dr

  • 2016
  • 49,803 miles
  • Renault Retail Group Autoworld Willenhall
  • Birmingham, WV132QU
Price:£8,375
PCP: £227.94/mo

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Is the DS 5 right for you?

For a kick off, you’ll have to be happy to buy a car that’s at least two years old because the DS 5 went off sale in 2018. That said, the DS 5 makes a bit more sense now depreciation has done its magic. You might fancy driving something different – Saabs , or some long-gone French executives like Citroen’s C6, Renault’s Vel Satis or Avantime. The DS 5 isn’t likely to have BMW 3 Series or Audi A4 buyers considering it, then, but it’ll appeal if you’re someone who likes to break free of the flock.

What's the best DS 5 model/engine to choose?

The DS 5 has a decent choice of engines, but it’s difficult to ignore the 2.0-litre turbodiesel, which is punchy and relatively cheap to run, although we’d avoid the automatic which is dim-witted and jerky. Prestige models come fully-loaded with kit as standard making them the obvious trim level to go for. 

What other cars are similar to the DS 5?

Similar? Not many, at least not directly, and that’s rather the point. The DS 5 is meant to appeal to those bored by convention, people wanting something different from the premium norm. Whether that’s you or not only you will know, but if you’re looking at a DS 5 then you’re likely to consider left-field choices like the VW Passat CC or Alfa Romeo 159. 

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the DS 5?

The DS 5 is an oddball family car with a striking exterior and a quasi luxurious interior. It was supposed to be France's answer to posh saloons such as the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series but wasn't as good as either and its relatively low sales figures reflected this.

Dan Harrison

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Dan Harrison

What cars are DS?

DS – or DS Automobiles to give it its full title – is a standalone brand launched by Citroen to capitalise on the heritage legendary Citroen DS saloon that was launched in the 50s and genuinely competed with the like of Mercedes.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

What car brands does the PSA Group own?

The PSA Group is famous for owning Peugeot and Citroen, however posh brand DS Automobiles also sits under its umbrella as does Vauxhall-Opel – the only brand of the four that isn't originally French.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the DS 5 a good car?

The DS 5 is a good car if you need a practical vehicle that will stand out from the crowd. Objectively speaking though, the posh DS can't match rivals from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

Russell Campbell

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