Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quirky DS Has Style, Economy and Practicality

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quirky DS Has Style, Economy and Practicality

Article excerpt

THIS big French saloon cum hatchback is surely one of the most stylish cars on the road.

Elegant, yet slightly quirky, which should be no surprise since parent company Citroen is deep within the DNA of the DS 5. Not to be confused with Citroen C5, this is a different model on a different platform and is a real headturner from DS - the newly created premium arm of the Peugeot/Citroen group.

It is almost a hybrid of styles, part executive saloon, part practical hatchback and with a smidge of crossover/MPV and jam-packed with goodies, including on this model sat nav, LED lights, air conditioning, high quality sound system and host of other kit to numerous to mention.

It does look elegant and sleek, to most anyway, with low swooping profile, sculpted angles and high waistline, with chrome trim surrounds to sills, light, door handles, bumper and light surrounds.

The light clusters to front and rear also eye-catching, as are the black alloys on this model, while the subtle 'DS Performance Line' badging is prominent both outside and in.

If you think the exterior catches your eye, the interior is something else, with a cockpit style layout.

The chrome exterior trim is mirrored inside with chrome finish to doors, gearshift and large multi-function steering wheel. It feels well built and classy with soft touch plastic, part leather upholstery and an executive feel all round.

The roof has three separate glass areas, with blinds which open and close depending on light requirements for the cabin.

The main controls are grouped on two centrally positioned consoles, one near the gear selector and one overhead, which initially I kept banging my head against while entering the car.

Both incorporate specially designed buttons, dials and toggle switches that were inspired, says the firm, by the aerospace industry. …

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