Starting as a model of executive Citroën back in 1955, the DS series has become a make unto itself with the same relationship to its parent company that Mini has to BMW and Skoda has to Volkswagen. The change became official in the global market last year, and since then they’ve been refining their range of luxury cars, but is this new line worth a look in? We’ve assessed all the configurations of the DS 3, 4 and 5 for performance, comfort, style, and affordability to give you the scoop.
The new DS 3 launched in February of this year, and offers a top speed of 142.9mph, rivalling the Mini Cooper S and outstripping it in horsepower and acceleration, going from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds, and its handling is much improved over Citroën’s earlier superminis. The same kind of strength can be found across the range with the new DS 5 reaching up to 146mph.
The DS 3 offers a good ride but this is generally the line’s Achilles’ heel. All their models have good power output but in the case of the 4 and 5 this makes the ride a little firm. Interiors meanwhile are all designed for practicality over luxury, which means that in the 4 rear leg space has been sacrificed for storage and a more comfortable driver’s seat.
The whole range offers stylish designs with the sleek executive DS 5, the distinctive high windshield of the DS 4, and the compact ready-for-anything look of the DS 3 which features the businesslike bodylines of a larger executive car alongside aerodynamic bumpers and spoilers you might expect on something sportier. Each also features the DS’s distinguishing badge in sharp relief against a black grille for that extra impact.
DS may be a luxury brand but its frontrunner, the DS 3, goes for as little as £13,665 and all of their models undercut rivals by at least a couple thousand. This makes it a great brand for those who want more for less and even more deals are available from DS ‘salons’ like Robins and Day.
In short, then, the answer is that the new DS range is definitely worth a look, especially if you’re hoping to get the feel of an Audi or a Mercedes for less.