Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Playing DS; the Improved Five-Door DS4 Is a Dynamic, Upmarket Family Hatch That's Anything but Ordinary. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Playing DS; the Improved Five-Door DS4 Is a Dynamic, Upmarket Family Hatch That's Anything but Ordinary. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

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Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH

KNOWN as The Goddess, Citroen's original DS saloon was, for many, one of the most beautiful cars ever.

In more recent times, both those famous initials and the design commitment they embody live again in the DS brand. This muchimproved DS4 model is the marque's mid-range offering, a premium five-door hatch targeting customers who'll be new to a French manufacturer of this sort.

It's now offered with more personalisation options and the alternative of a Crossback model that aims to interest crossover customers.

Slightly more compact than the Citroen C4, it's based on, the DS4 is 60mm shorter than that car, 20mm wider and, in an effort to inject some 'Crossover' personality, 40mm taller. The DS engineers say that the resulting package manages to be more stable on the move, making the driver feel as if "they have the road at their fingertips."

That ambition is backed up through the use of a MacPherson-type suspension set-up at the front, and a flexible transverse beam at the rear, with hydraulic power steering. The engine range is wide and flexible and all units meet the most stringent Euro6 emissions requirements. Most will choose a 1.6, with diesel drivers selecting between 120, 150 and 180bhp BLUEHDI powerplants.

The BLUEHDI 180 model only comes with the brand's EAT6 auto gearbox but it's quite quick, making 62mph from rest in 8.6s. Then there are three petrol options, with the entry-level PureTech 130 unit being a satisfying choice, despite its diminutive 1.2-litre capacity.

It does, after all, make 62mph from rest in a reasonably fleet 10.1s en route to 123mph. If you need more poke, then the older 1.6-litre THP turbo petrol engines that the brand co-developed with BMW provide it.

The THP 165 unit only comes with EAT6 auto transmission but you can order the THP 210 variant with a sixspeed manual box. This latter variant is pretty rapid, making 62mph in around 8s en route to around 150mph.

While it looks like a threedoor coupe, this is in fact a genuine five-door hatch. The panoramic windscreen extends backwards into the roof and the dimensions and its styling give the car a compact and muscular look. …

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