Prevent JS Alert

DS 4

DS 4

Highlights

  • Sharp styling
  • Classy interior
  • Great level of standard equipment

 

Arval’s pick of the range:

DS 4 Elegance 1.6 BlueHDi 120 manual

 

DS 4 - Overview

The DS 4 is a mid-sized hatchback aimed at the premium end of the market. It began life as the Citroen DS 4, because DS was originally Citroen’s top-end sub-brand, but DS then became a manufacturer in its own right in 2015. Striking looks and a swish exterior make the car stand out from other lower medium models and it has loads of standard equipment. There’s also a spinoff Crossback version, which features raised suspension, roof rails and chunky exterior styling.

DRIVING

What is the DS 4 like to drive?

The DS 4 is based on the Citroen C4, but it has a higher ride height, which means the driver has a great view ahead. An increased ride height is usually something that’s associated with larger cars such as SUVs, but despite being taller, the DS 4 has actually been set up with firmer suspension, which makes for sportier handling; the car feels flat and agile in corners, while the steering is light and easy. The range of available petrol and diesel engines means it isn’t hard for company car drivers to find something that meets their needs. The 1.2-litre Puretech petrol engine is great for low mileage lifestyles, while the 165hp 1.6-litre THP unit will suit keen drivers who fancy a bit more power. There is also a pair of BlueHDi diesel engines, which are perfect for longer distance drivers who spend much of their time on the motorway.

 

 

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.2 Puretech 130hp, 114-116g/km CO2 (21-22% BIK), 56.5-57.6mpg
  • 1.6 THP 165hp, 130g/km CO2 (25% BIK), 50.4mpg

 

Diesel engines:

  • 1.6 BlueHDi 120hp, 100-111g/km CO2 (22-24% BIK), 67.3-74.3mpg
  • 2.0 BlueHDi 180hp, 115g/km CO2 (25% BIK), 64.2mpg

 

Gearboxes:

  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

DS 4 trim levels explained

One of the DS 4’s highlights is its excellent level of standard equipment. It can be ordered in Elegance, Performance Line, Prestige and Crossback specifications, and key items of standard kit are:

 

Elegance

  • 17” alloys
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front cornering fog lights
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Automatic dual-zone aircon
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Front electric windows
  • 7” touch screen infotainment system
  • Sat nav
  • Bluetooth
  • Aux and USB sockets
  • DAB radio
  • Mirrorlink and Apple Carplay systems

 

Performance Line (in addition to Elegance)

  • 18” alloys
  • Half leather seats
  • Front sports seats
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Interior lighting pack
  • Additional interior and exterior styling features

 

Prestige (in addition to Performance Line)

  • Xenon headlights
  • Upgraded LED front fog lights
  • Additional interior and exterior styling features
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Front parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Reverse-dipping door mirrors

 

Crossback (in addition to entry-level Elegance trim)

  • 18” alloys
  • Half leather seats
  • Off-road exterior styling and raised rise height
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Reversing camera
  • Front sports seats

 

How to spec the DS 4

Given the DS 4 is a premium model, even the entry-level Elegance trim is extremely well equipped; the likes of Bluetooth, sat nav, rear parking sensors and a DAB radio are all included, all items which tick the box for company car drivers. This is why we’d recommend sticking with this trim level and not going further up the range. Equally, the 120hp version of the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine is smooth, great on the motorway and, in manual guise, offers the lowest CO2 emissions of the range.

 

DS 4 Interior – what’s it like?

The DS 4’s sleek looks are reflected on the inside, as the interior is a seriously smart place to be. The brand’s upmarket ethos is obvious from the cabin, as the dashboard and centre console are well presented and neatly finished. There’s plenty of space up front, while the tall, panoramic windscreen lets in a lot of light and, along with the high ride height, gives a great view of the road ahead. 

The boot is bigger than the class average at 385 litres with the rear seats in place. Fold them flat, and it extends to a large 1,021 litres.

THE ALTERNATIVES

DS 4 Alternatives

Other models for consideration include the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Infiniti Q30, Lexus CT, Mercedes Benz A-Class, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40

VERDICT

Verdict

Smart looks and a plush interior make the DS 4 an attractive alternative to more mainstream lower medium models, while the excellent level of standard equipment ups the appeal even further and adds some useful everyday tools for company car drivers.

contact us about this vehicle

We are here to answer all your questions, please give us a call to discuss anything you might want to know, or drop us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively you can request a call back from one of our advisors.

 

 

SEE BELOW FOR OUR LATEST OFFERS