Citroën DS5 BlueHDi 180 first drive review

Citroen DS5 BlueHDI 180 first drive review

This new DS5 gets improved efficiency and more power but the ride still needs work

The flagship of Citroën’s DS range: a family car aimed at the stylish end of the market and billed as a more dynamic, interesting choice than the French firm’s ‘standard’ family car, the C5.The DS5 first arrived in 2011, its dramatic looks wowing the crowds when it premiered at the Shaghai motor show. When we first road tested it, however, the DS5 was far from the engineering masterpiece that Citroën became famous for with its original DS back in 1955.Our initial verdict on the stylish hatch was that the ride was disappointing. In short, it jumped and fidgeted its way along the UK’s rotten roads. To its credit, Citroën listened to the criticism and, in conjunction with a new diesel engine, the French firm is introducing an improved suspension system which is said to give the stylish hatch the comfortable ride that was previously lacking.Also on board is the French firm’s latest six-speed automatic gearbox, which the car maker hopes will enable the DS5 to cruise along as effortlessly as its German rivals.

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