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DS 4 (2011–2018)

Last updated 21 March 2019

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Kerb weight 1255–1420 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 16,000–20,000 miles

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Driving

The DS 4 is unfortunately not the greatest car to drive. The suspension does a poor job of ironing out undulations, bumps and potholes, with almost constantly unsettled ride quality. The DS4 only really feels relaxed on very smooth road surfaces, which is a real shame.

The problems don’t stop there. The steering is oddly weighted, which means it feels a little too light at higher speeds and not quite light enough at lower speeds. This, paired with the poor suspension set up, does little to inspire confidence on a twisting, uneven B-road, even though body roll is generally well controlled.

Picking the Crossback variant does help matters, thanks in part to its higher suspension. It feels somewhat smoother than the standard hatchback model, but it’s still far from the last word in relaxed ride quality. That’s unfortunate, because the DS 4 has some great engines that work well in other cars including the Peugeot 308.

From 2011 the DS4 range – originally with Citroen badging – was sold with some impressive engines including the 155PS 1.6-litre THP petrol, but there were some duffers in the mix too, including an e-HDi Airdream diesel with a slow-witted automated manual transmission. Thankfully things are better for later cars, with a very good range of engines to choose from.

From 2015 even the entry-level engine - 130PS PureTech petrol - is great, despite its modest 1.2-litre capacity. It’s smooth, punchy and responsive. Plus it is economical, with official figures of 54.3mpg and emissions of 119g/km. Better still is the 120PS BlueHDi diesel, which is just as quiet and smooth but with lower emissions and the option of an impressive six-speed automatic transmission. Official economy is 72.4mpg.

Those who want a more powerful petrol engine can opt for the 165PS 1.6-litre THP, which only comes paired to a six-speed auto. There is also a 210PS version of the THP with a manual transmission. Both offer surprisingly low emissions for such powerful petrol engines, coming in at 130g/km for the 165PS engine and 138g/km for the 210PS version.

But perhaps the best engines of all are the 150PS and 180PS BlueHDi diesels. These are quiet and refined, yet provide punchy performance thanks to good low down torque delivery. Despite this fact, emissions are low. Even the top 180PS engine, which only comes with an automatic transmission, produces just 115g/km of CO2, making it tax friendly. Claimed economy for this engine is 64.2mpg.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.2 Puretech 130 57–58 mpg 9.9 s 123 mph 116–119 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 Crossback 57 mpg 9.9 s 123 mph 120 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 72–74 mpg 10.9 s 117–120 mph 100–103 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 Crossback 72 mpg 10.9 s 117 mph 103 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 EAT6 69–72 mpg 11.4 s 117–120 mph 102–108 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 EAT6 Crossback 67–69 mpg 11.4 s 117 mph 108–111 g/km
1.6 THP 165 EAT6 50 mpg 8.7 s 131 mph 130 g/km
1.6 THP 210 48 mpg 7.8 s 146 mph 138 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 150 67–69 mpg 8.8 s 129 mph 100–111 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 150 EAT6 64 mpg 8.6 s 127 mph 115 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi 180 EAT6 Crossback 64 mpg 8.6 s 135 mph 115 g/km
2.0 BlueHDi EAT6 64 mpg - - 115 g/km
2.0 HDi 180 EAT6 64 mpg 8.6 s 127 mph 115 g/km
2.0 HDi 180 EAT6 Crossback 64 mpg 8.6 s 127 mph 115 g/km
 

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