- Unique styling
- Generous equipment
- Impressive interior design
- Expensive to buy from new
- Harsh ride quality
- Hybrid doesn’t make a lot of sense
Exceptionally stylish large family car
The Citroen DS5 is one of the latest additions to the ever-expanding luxury DS range. Designed to compete with upmarket models such as the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes C-Class, the DS5 takes a different approach to its more conventional rivals. The DS5 is a hatchback, rather than a saloon for starters, and there are few cars that look quite as modern and contemporary as the DS5. It does however have some drawbacks. Practicality isn’t the best, whilst it’s not the most comfortable ride either. But if you want a family car that really stands out from the crowd, then the DS5 is a great option to consider.
In 2015 the DS5 dropped the Citroen name completely, with the French manufacturer choosing to separate its luxury arm from the standard Citroen range.
Stylish design, but not the most practical
With an exterior as outlandish as the DS5, you would expect the interior to be just as contemporary. Thankfully it is, though quality isn’t quite as impressive as a German rival. Practicality isn’t one of the DS5’s strongest points either.
The dashboard design of the DS5 is one that favours style over practicality. The DS5 really does offer a unique experience, and the three sunroofs give it undoubted pazzaz. There’s also some high-grade metal trims which give the DS5 a premium feel. Material quality on the whole is pretty good, though there are some cheaper feeling materials if you look hard enough. Controls are also a little bit confusing, and aren’t the most ergonomic, but the DS5 is all about style, and in this sense, it lives up to its billing.
Practicality isn’t one of the DS5’s strongest points. There’s plenty of legroom in the back for passengers, but headroom is limited, so tall passengers might find it a bit of a squeeze. The 465 litre boot capacity is however quite impressive, with more than enough room for a big family shop, holiday luggage, or even a full set of golf clubs. Hybrid models lose 216 litres of load capacity, which makes these models some of the least practical cars in the class.
Equipment levels in the DS5 are impressive, no matter which model you choose to go for. The entry-level Elegance trim comes with electric windows, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, and a touchscreen infotainment system. Few buyers will need more than this, though top-spec Prestige trim adds sumptuous leather upholstery, for those who really want to feel special.
All in all, the inside of the DS5 is an attractively designed affair made to attract those who value design above all else. It’s not the most spacious however, though the large boot capacity is practical. Add in the generous equipment list, and the DS5 begins to look pretty impressive.
Neither comfortable or fun to drive
Whilst the DS5 might look like it will be fun to drive, it’s some way from being an engaging driving experience. The suspension system is stiff, which does control body roll pretty well, though it’s about the only part of the DS5 that’s remotely sporty. The steering is vague and oddly weighted, and you never feel fully aware of what the wheels are up to. There is however plenty of grip, so you won’t feel too nervy throwing it into a country road bend. Compare it with a BMW 3 Series however, and it’s not nearly as impressive.
Suspension and Chassis
The stiff suspension might help with controlling body roll, but it hinders comfort somewhat. British roads are notoriously bad, and the DS5 isn’t properly equipped to deal with them. Loose road surfaces, potholes, and speed bumps all send shudders through into the cabin, so it’s not comfortable around town, or out on the open road. Refinement is however impressive, as there’s very little road and wind noise, which makes the DS5 an excellent motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the DS5 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission that’s all in all pretty impressive. It features a short, sharp shifting mechanism, that’s both engaging and well geared. A six-speed automatic is also available with some models, though it’s slow to react to a quick stamp on the accelerator, whilst it also reduces fuel economy.
A good range of petrol, diesel, and hybrid options
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your DS5, you’ve got three options: petrol, diesel, or diesel-hybrid. The hybrid model may look interesting at first, but its added expense doesn’t justify its minimal savings to running costs.
If it’s power that you want from your DS5 the best option in the range is the petrol-powered 1.6 litre THP engine. This produces an impressive 208bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds. It’s not the fastest car in the class, and it’s reduced fuel economy makes it expensive to run day-to-day. A more sensible offering is the 180bhp BlueHDi diesel, which still sprints from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds, but offers much improved efficiency.
Eco-friendly buyers will be reasonably impressed with the engines on offer in the DS5 range. On paper, the hybrid model looks the most impressive, with 103g/km of CO2 emissions. It is however, nearly £7000 more expensive than the 1.6 BlueHDi diesel engine, which produces a marginally greater 104g/km. For most buyers, this is the more sensible option. This model is also a great option for money savers. It’ll only cost £20 to tax each year, whilst the 70.6mpg on offer is sure to save you plenty of money on fuel long-term.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your DS5, you’re going to get a reasonably clean, efficient engine. It’s worth avoiding the petrols if you want to save money however, as they’re thirstier, dirtier, and aren’t noticeably quicker.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with impressive standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the DS5 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 89% in adult safety, 83% in child safety, and 40% in pedestrian safety, the DS5 isn’t up there with the class-leaders, but it’s still pretty safe. You’ll also get plenty of safety equipment as standard, which will put your mind at rest. Even entry-level models come with a full compliment of airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, and Isofix points. With all these features on board, the DS5 will keep you and your family safe from harm.
Good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Citroen DS5 offers pretty impressive value for money for most buyers. This obviously varies between model to model, but generally speaking CO2 emissions are low throughout the range, so road tax bills should be cheap, whilst fuel economy is impressive, especially if you look past the petrol-powered models. Diesels without doubt make the most sense for those who want to save money, and whilst the hybrid might look impressive on paper, it’s expensive purchase price suggests that it isn’t quite as good as it looks.
Insurance groups for the DS5 again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 25 for the entry-level 1.6 BlueHDi Elegance, and climbs up towards group 33 if you’re tempted by the range-topping 2.0 BlueHDi Prestige EAT6. The DS5 isn’t the cheapest car to insure in the class, so it’s worth looking closer at rivals if you don’t want a big insurance bill.
Depreciation is a large factor with the DS5, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Citroen DS5 is undoubtedly one of the best-looking large family hatchbacks that’s currently on the market. With an impressively designed interior, a large boot, generous equipment, and some efficient engines, it’s also pretty easy to live with. It might not be the most comfortable ride, nor is it the cheapest to buy, but if you find a quality used example the DS5 makes an awful lot of sense.
Buying a used Citroen DS5 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Citroen DS5 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used DS5. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Citroen DS5 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Citroen? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Citroen DS5, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used DS5, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Citroen to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.