News: DS 5 - flagship Gauls

The most striking optical innovation is the elimination of the Citroen double angle, as the French want to establish a high-end brand with DS, which is also achieving success in China

The extravagant mid-size sedan DS 5 starts its second half of life with a facelift. The most striking optical innovation is the elimination of the Citroen-Double angles, because the French want to establish a high-quality brand with DS, which is also achieving success in China. In Europe, however, the idiosyncratic DS 5 should not become a mass model.

The DS 5, available from July, hardly differs from its four-year-old predecessor apart from the logo and a range of engines made Euro 6 compatible. Citroen dealers will also continue to sell the 4,53 meter long five-door sedan, but they will have to set up separate DS showrooms.

In addition to the top model DS 5 Hybrid 4 × 4 (from 41.940 euros) with all-wheel drive and the technical delicacy of a diesel hybrid, there are three diesel engines with outputs of 88 kW / 120 PS (from 31.490 euros), 110 kW / 150 PS (from 33.490 euros) and 133 kW / 180 PS (from 36.990 euros, including automatic). There is also a 121 kW / 165 PS petrol engine with automatic transmission (from 32.990 euros), which replaces the two previously available petrol engines. The prices were increased by up to 3.000 euros and apparently already include a premium surcharge. The DS 5 thus positions itself in the environment of competitors such as Volvo V60, Lexus IS 300h and Audi A5 Sportback. Even Jaguar XE and BMW 3 Series GTs with comparable engines are only 2.000 euros more expensive.

At first glance, the new DS 5 can only be recognized by distinctive LED turn signals with running lights, optional steering xenon headlights and a radiator grille in hexagonal shape. In the interior, the middle class, which also serves as France's state body, is somewhat more objective than before. A dozen separate operating functions could be saved, which are now controlled via the new seven-inch touchscreen. Fashionable metal decorations on the doors and center console also play with the DS logo and a new two-tone nappa leather trim option demonstrates the unprecedented level of excellence in materials and their careful workmanship. This is exactly the real surprise at DS, as the laissez-faire principle has so far applied even to the avant-garde models.

The extravagant mid-size sedan DS 5 starts its second half of life with a facelift
The extravagant mid-size sedan DS 5 starts its second half of life with a facelift

The seats can compete with the best, also thanks to the extendable leg supports and optional massage function. The rear is a little tighter, not least due to the sloping roof line. The luggage compartment has an average size with a volume of 468 liters and above (325 for the hybrid), which is easy to load.

Unlike the Citroen C5 or the former goddess, there is still no hydropneumatics, but the lifted DS 5 is less taut than before. Even when driving fast, the middle class stays on course, the Frenchman also likes brisk corners, only the steering could be a little more direct. A sovereign touring car, but in terms of driving technology it has nothing to do with rivals from Audi or Volvo. As for the list of assistance systems, even a fully equipped and more than 50.000 euros expensive DS 5 follows.

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