The Citroën DS 5 is an outstandingly successful hatchback with a premium feel. From the car's refined exterior design to its utilisation of new Hybrid4 technology, it takes its class to the next level of automotive innovation. The DS 5 also packs plenty of interior space, making it a worthy option for families.
Balancing aggression and dynamism with a reassuringly mature physique, the Citroën DS 5 is unmistakably welcoming to families, but has a contemporary style not often associated with the class. Twin exhausts are incorporated into the rear valance design, giving a sporty edge, and chrome accents called 'sabres' run from the headlights into the A-pillars.
The cabin is packed with thoughtful details. You can enter easily thanks to keyless entry, and the soft-touch materials are at once comfortable and good-looking. The boot offers 325 litres of space, which is perfect for the family's luggage.
It is the DS 5's drivetrain that really impresses, however. The Hybrid4 system is revolutionary, and it allows stunning efficiency without compromising on power. Using a knob on the central console you can switch between Auto, ZEV, 4WD and Sport modes to achieve the drive that suits the conditions. Up to 200bhp is possible, meaning the DS 5 remains a powerful vehicle in performance terms, and its CO2 emissions are as low as 88g/km, exempting you from road tax.
A full five-star EuroNCAP safety rating shows that the DS 5 is one of the safest vehicles on the market. You'd expect so, given that it's such a popular model for families, and it received an 89 percent score on adult occupant protection and 97 percent for safety assist. Pick of the bunch is an eTouch system, which allows the emergency services to locate you in the event of an accident.