An expression of French sass and style, the DS-5 is a refreshing alternative to the plethora of bland boxes on wheels clogging our roads.
A kind of coupé / hatch / sporty estate hybrid, this bold and eye-catching model offers the versatility needed for everyday life – whether used by a small family, busy commuter or girl boss, it meets the brief.
Gracing the driveway whilst on test, it has a degree of presence, and although certainly unusual, is thankfully not too weird or so quirky you feel a whiff of embarrassment when venturing out. With a sabre-like chrome strip from headlamp to windscreen, striking lighting, sculpted front grille or the integrated tail pipes at the rear, DS-5 is certainly unique.
The Performance Line range topping model boasts sports styling features such as subtle tricoloured touches in red, gold and white.
The good looks continue inside. The layout of DS 5’s cockpit is aeroplane inspired. Slip into the supportive leather seats and you’ll find all the switches and buttons ergonomically placed. Made from beautiful brushed aluminium, they give the dashboard an uncluttered and premium feel. The three glass roof panels have electric sunshades to let you set your own interior light level.
Entertainment features include a Denon sound system which, with its 10 50-watt channels, eight speakers and boot-mounted subwoofer gives an excellent acoustic experience – aided by innovative noise reducing glass at the front too.
Rather than replace your own mobile device, the DS-5 cleverly uses a system that works with them. At its hub is a 7 inch touch screen which uses Mirror Screen and the MyDS app to mimic whatever is on the screen of your smartphone when you connect it. It’s simple to use and makes life easier by keeping you connected wherever you go. The same screen also includes the navigation system and DAB radio you might expect in a premium car. It even acts as the monitor for the reversing camera.
Out on the road, our test car was smooth, swift and agile, thanks to a host of dynamic features and excellent engine. There’s a wide choice of Euro6 compliant THP petrol or BlueHDi diesel powertrains with manual or rapid changing auto gearboxes – all coupled for maximum efficiency and economy.
Safety-wise, there’s even a DS CONNECT BOX which works with an online portal and mobile app to give tailored eco driving tips, helps access service records and also locate your car. It even allows DS5 to be tracked should someone covet it as much as you.
A remarkably clever and capable car.