DS 4 Review 2024
DS 4 At A Glance
Cars like the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are a little too successful for their own good. If you're a junior executive, splashing out every month on a PCP for a German hatch is no longer going to impress your mates. Citroen's premium brand, DS, might have the answer – and, for once, it might not be quite the compromise you'd expect. Read on for our full review of the DS 4.
The DS 4 is based on the same platform as the latest Peugeot 308 and Vauxhall Astra. That means it comes with a range of electrified engines, clever infotainment, and a lengthy list of standard safety systems to a much more worthy choice than the Citroen C4 Cactus it kind of replaces.
But it also has a dose of Parisian style found lacking on more mainstream family car models. From its flush door handles to its watchstrap upholstery and hand-stitched steering wheel, the DS4 looks (and feels) truly special. The same can't really be said for German alternatives, can it? The Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, and Mercedes A-Class are good, but maybe missing a dash of the DS's joie de vivre.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the choice of DS4 models available when you first open the brochure. First, you need to decide what vibe you're after – choices include the standard DS4, the sporty DS4 Performance Line and then there's the SUV-like DS4 Cross. Each are then available in a number of different trim levels, all of them generously equipped as standard. No DS4 can really be described as 'entry-level'.
While the PHEV makes sense for company car drivers, its relatively high list price means it probably won't be on the radar of many private buyers. That's a shame as its 39-mile electric range means you might be able to cover the commute without the petrol engine kicking in at all.
You can't buy the DS4 with a manual gearbox – no great loss, in our eyes, as the eight-speed auto is incredibly smooth shifting. No matter which engine you choose, though, it's a car that's happier taking it a little easy. It's not as agile as the BMW 1 Series, while its almost SUV-like dimension mean it'll roll about on twisty roads.
Prices start from a shade over £28,000 and nudge close to £50,000 at the top of the range. It means you'd be making a very strong statement buying a DS4 over one of its German rivals, but standing out is part of the appeal, right?