Since the UK premiere of the Citroen DS 5 back in 2011 it’s revolutionised the way in which we, the buying public, look at how a car should be styled. It had the stance of a compact SUV but had the ground clearance of a normal hatchback, yet also sported a coupe-like shape.
This means it’s a distinctive sight on the road and one which will always catch an onlooker’s gaze.
It dares to be different in the premium sector of the car market, but does that mean it’s an awkward size and shape to live with? Read on to find out.
With its sleek five-door part-SUV, part-coupe styling, the DS5 doesn’t necessarily have any direct rivals, so let’s compare it against what buyers may buy instead of the DS 5.
With the DS 5 being a fairly large vehicle you’d be expecting plenty of practicality, so against the Peugeot 3008 it’s longer in length, wider yet shorter. Against a BMW 3 Series Touring, the DS 5 is shorter and taller but wider. And against the Mercedes C-Class saloon, the DS 5 is shorter and taller but wider.
It’s also worth noting that the curving roofline makes the view out of the back window quite limited, so we’d make sure you get rear parking sensors to help get into tight spots.
Thanks to that curving roof, the DS 5 has less headroom than rivals. The Mercedes C-Class offers 157mm more headroom in the front and 90mm more in the rear, whereas the BMW 3 Series Touring offers 144mm and 121mm more respectively. The Peugeot 3008, meanwhile, has 36mm in the front and 24mm more in the back than the DS 5.
However, there’s lots of legroom and shoulder room, so occupants shouldn’t be getting too uncomfortable.
|Shoulder room front/rear||1,504mm/1,478mm|
With all the seats in place the DS 5 boasts a 468-litre boot which expands to 1,288 litres with the rear seats folded down completely flat. The boot in the hybrid version is just 325 litres, thanks to the batteries under the boot floor.
The DS 5 does have lots of storage cubbies dotted around the interior though, so it’s well suited for family driving holidays.
|Boot space with seats up/down||468 litres/1,288 litres|
|Boot space – hybrid model||325 litres|
Fuel tank capacity
The DS 5 holds a 60-litre fuel tank for both petrol and diesel powered models. This means that with the engine predicted to be the most popular in the range – the 1.6-litre diesel – it can achieve a theoretical maximum driving range of 932 miles
Every DS 5 model has a turning circle with a 11.2-metre diameter. This is reasonably tight and means you’ll be able to get in and out of tight parking spaces easily. It’s on par with the BMW 3 Series Tourer’s turning circle too. It is however, larger than the 11 metres set by the Mercedes C-Class and the 10.9 metres achieved by the Peugeot 3008.
The weights for the DS 5 range from 1,605kg for the lightest BlueHDi 120 with a manual gearbox, all the way up to 1,806kg for the 4×4 Hybrid version. That means it’s pretty much on par with the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class saloon, but pound-for-pound it’s slightly heavier than the Peugeot 3008.
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