The French are notoriously a proud bunch – but, it would seem, for good reason. Any country that can unload a car like the DS5 off the production line has every reason to feel smug: it’s one of the most innovative cars the brand has produced in a while and by far one the best we’ve tested this year.
It's the third in the brand's DS line up, after the DS3 and DS4, and is being billed as an environmentally-friendly four-wheeler that's both practical and ideal for long journeys, much like the Range Rover Evoque and Vauxhall Ampera.
Citroen DS5: Tech
Ultimately, the DS5’s tech offering is its USP. It comes equipped with an in-built sat nav, media hub controls for radio, CD and external MP3 devices, keyless access and start, and, if you’re in the mood to splurge, a 10-speaker Denon Hi-Fi system, available in both the DStyle and DSport models.
Also in the mix is a reverse camera, which displays your rear view to the on-board display - a feature that's increasingly becoming popular on new motor spec sheets.
In terms of entertainment, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained, including USB and Aux connection to sync your MP3 device to the infotainment system, and Bluetooth connectivity for wireless smartphone hook up.
Citroen DS5: Specs
- Heated leather seats with massage function
Citroen DS5: Performance
Step inside the DS5 and you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve mysteriously been teleported into a luxury limousine.
One feature we fell in love with was the arm rest, which has two compartments: one for little essentials, such as your smartphone and iPod (coincidentally, this is also where the USB and Aux ports are located) and another for larger items, such as bottled water or toys.
On the driving front, the DS5 is good but not great. Although steering is light and the ride is smooth, we felt the car could have handled speed bumps better and it also felt unbalanced at times, particularly while on the motorway.
Citroen DS5: Verdict
It's high-tech, spacious and the attention to detail is nothing short of superb - the DS5 is every inch the high-tech family car.
But there is one major problem, though: the price. British car buyers are brand-worshippers at heart, and most (us included) would raise an eyebrown when hearing the words ‘Citroen’ and ‘thirty grand’ in the same sentence.
Words: Bertan Budak
Citroen DS5 review: Hands-on
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Citroen's DS5 is every inch the modern family car, thanks to a high-tech dashboard and plenty of space. Unfortunately, it all comes at a (hefty) price
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