Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Upgrades Make the DS5 an Even More Compelling Ride; ROAD TEST

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Upgrades Make the DS5 an Even More Compelling Ride; ROAD TEST

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Byline: Mike Stone

CITROEN DS5 BLUEHDI 150 S&S 6-SPEED MANUAL ELEGANCE Top speed: 127mph CO2: 105g/km MPG: 68.9 Price: PS27,140 WHEN Citroen launched DS as a separate brand, not many people seemed to notice.

Now it has had another go, and gathered 700 original DS models from the Fifties and Sixties to parade down the Champs-Elysees as part of DS Week.

The marque also launched a face-lifted version of the company's flagship DS5 model, and has gone a long way towards fixing the car's main problem from when it first appeared three years ago -- the ride.

New shock absorbers and reworked suspension have greatly improved what is traditionally a French saloon's greatest strength, but which just didn't work properly in the original DS5.

It also has reworked front styling, with a smart vertical grille instead of the old Citroen chevrons, and a new bumper and bonnet. The overall effect is much smarter. There is a choice of petrol and diesel engines from 120 to 210hp, of which the BlueHDi diesels with 120, 150 and 180hp will probably be the big sellers. …

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