In the fiercely fought premium hatchback segment, the DS5 offers a stylish alternative with a plush interior. The car also has high comfort levels to make it a real contender.
There's an excellent range of diesel engines and just one petrol unit to choose from though the pick of the crop is probably the HDi 160 with 159bhp which, when coupled to the excellent six speed automatic gearbox, helps give a smooth and rapid drive. There's also a diesel hybrid available which will see the diesel unit powering the front engines and the electric motor powering the rear ones. This means that the economy is an impressive 81 mpg and the CO2 emissions of just 88g/km. The hybrid is also no slouch and will reach 0 to 62 mph in just 8.3 seconds. Even the basic 1.6litre diesel will return around 64 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 114g/km though the petrol engine will only return around 42 mpg and has CO2 emissions of 155g/km.
With the intention of offering a better alternative to some well-known executive cars, the DS5 actually offers a much better alternative to popular family cars. With its sculpted good looks, the DS5 has lots of space on board and is a combination of a saloon and hatchback with lots of good design ideas on board. Among them is having some of the most useful buttons and switches located in the roof trim, much like someone would find in the cockpit of a plane.
The car is extremely comfortable to drive and it's easy to get used to the wide steering wheel that actually looks like a flight yoke to help give it a different feel and look. There's a lot of practicality on board which has been extremely well-designed and consists of refined materials which also help to give a premium feel. In addition, the DS5 has a firm suspension that means the handling is true and corners very well but some potholes will be felt in the cabin. The set-up also means it's a great performer on motorways and quite able on country roads. The boot size is a respectable 465 litres though it's smaller in the hybrid version because this is where the batteries sit and it's just 325 litres instead.
Among the equipment fitted to some models is the firm's innovative eTouch system which will call emergency services in the event of an accident and the car has scored full marks in the Euro NCAP crash tests. Other standard equipment includes cruise control, climate control and keyless entry. Top of the range models get things like rear view a parking camera, a head-up display which projects information from the car onto the windscreen and satnav. Essentially, the DS5 has distinctive styling and very good performance to make for a strong contender with the extremely frugal hybrid version setting new standards for economy.
Why not have a look at the DS5 on the official DS UK company website and get the latest news about the DS5 at The UK DS5 Owners' Club. You may also like to see what they're saying about it on the Top Gear web site.
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