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DS DS 4 HATCHBACK

1.2 PureTech Cross Trocadero 5dr EAT8

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This second generation DS 4 compact hatch is the French brand's best car yet, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

The PSA Group's DS brand has yet to gain much traction in the UK. Here's where that has to change. A quick history. The brand launched in stand-alone form in 2015, mostly re-badging sportier Citroens until it could launch its own design, the DS 7 Crossback SUV, in 2017. Since then, we've had the small but rather curious-looking DS 3 Crossback. And the DS 8 upper mid-sized saloon. Nothing though, to really get people talking. But this car, the second generation DS 4, just might. The company's first DS 4 sold between 2015 and 2019 and was one of those re-badged Citroens just mentioned, though in that case, the donor car wasn't a sporty one. The design instead was essentially almost entirely borrowed from the rather mediocre underpinnings of a second generation Citroen C4. Back then, the market didn't much want a C4 - and it didn't want a pricier C4 in a tux either. But forget all that because second time around, this DS 4 is a very different proposition. Surprisingly, for the time being anyway, DS isn't making a slightly larger compact SUV than the DS 3 Crossback. Which means that this DS 4, though really a compact premium hatch taking on the Audi A3 Sportback, the BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes A-Class, must also try and appeal to people who might want an Audi Q3, a BMW X1 and a Mercedes GLA. That's a lot to ask - from a car with a lot to prove. Can it deliver? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The avant garde looks promise sophisticated driving technology and that's what you get. For top variants, DS has carried over its clever Active Scan Suspension system from the DS 7 Crossback. This scans the road ahead as you drive, over a distance of between 5 and 25-metres and alters damping, dependent on the state of the tarmac. You can also specify infra-red night vision. And Level 2 semi-autonomous driving tech. Enough with that - you'll want to know about engines, all of which are familiar PSA Group powerplants and all of which, non-negotiably have to come with EAT8 8-speed automatic transmission. There's a 130hp 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel for those still addicted to the black pump. And three conventional PureTech petrol units, a three cylinder turbo 1.2-litre unit with 130hp; and two 1.6-litre powerplants, with either 180 or 225hp. There's no full-electric variant, which is odd, given that the current Citroen C4 can be had in full-EV form. But DS does offer a PHEV plug-in derivative that, as with various other Peugeots, Vauxhalls and Citroens that use it, features a 1.6-litre PureTech petrol engine mated to an electric motor powered by a 12.4kWh battery for a combined output of 225hp and an electric driving range of 31 miles. The DS 4 uses the same EMP2 platform as other mid-sized PSA Group models like the Peugeot 3008 and Citroen C5 Aircross. But 70% of it has been modified to meet various specific DS 4 requirements. One of these is the need to accommodate the particularly large 20-inch wheels. The electric power steering system has been tweaked to suit these too.

Design and Build

DS hopes that the look of this car will sell it to you - and for sure it'll stand out in the supermarket car park. At first glance, you might be undecided as to whether this is a premium compact hatch or a premium small SUV - and that's entirely intentional. The styling's certainly Gallically avant garde, the front dominated by bold double daytime running lights and trendy matrix LED headlamps. In profile, you'll notice striking creases, door handles that pop out as you approach the car and wheels that can be as large as 20-inches in size. Coupe lines characterise the rear, where the boot lid plunges to mee the slim LED tail lamps. Pavement presence? You get it here. Inside the so-called 'Digital Seamless Cockpit', there's a fully digital cabin made up of no fewer than three displays, There's a 10-inch screen replacing conventional dials in the instrument cluster. And an infotainment display of the same size in the centre of the dash for media and navigation. This is controlled by a third 5-inch screen further down the centre stack known as the 'DS Smart Touch'. If that's not enough screen tech for you, it's also possible to specify the segment's cleverest head-up display, claimed to be closer to augmented reality than any other system. The information viewed doesn't just get projected onto the windscreen; it instead gets projected further out onto your view of the road in a range 4-metres ahead and on an image 21 inches wide. Another interesting touch is the lack of visible air vents; the main ventilation unit has been integrated behind and strip of physical switches that sit just below the main control screen. Out back, rear seat space is reasonable but unremarkable. And there's a decently-sized 430-litre boot - though this total falls to 390-litres in the PHEV variant.

Market and Model

This is where you have to decide whether your DS 4 should look like a premium compact hatch - or an SUV. If a premium compact hatch, you'll choose either base 'DS 4 Bastille+', DS 4 Trocadero', 'DS 4 Rivoli', 'Performance Line' or 'Performance Line+'-spec. If you like the Crossover vibe, you'll opt for a 'Cross Trocadero' or 'Cross Rivoli' trim level. In keeping with its SUV pretensions, the 'Cross' derivative gets roof bars and black plastic cladding. As with its direct rivals, the BMW 1 Series, the Audi A3 Sportback and the Mercedes A-Class, it's theoretically possible to get a DS 4 for around £25,000, but with the spec you'll probably want, a £30,000-£35,000 budget is probably more realistic. Allow a hefty premium of around £6,000 to get your chosen trim level with the 'E-TENSE' PHEV Plug-in Hybrid petrol powertrain, rather than the comparable BlueHDi 130 automatic diesel powertrain package. You'll certainly need a plump budget if you want cutting edge tech like the Active Scan suspension system. And maybe one of the exquisitely stitched leather upholstery packages. You might also want to save some budget for features like the night vision set-up and the Head-up display. DS expects a large proportion of customers (maybe around 30%) to opt for the E-TENSE PHEV plug-in model.

Cost of Ownership

All the engines are pretty efficient. The volume 1.2-litre three cylinder 130hp PureTech petrol unit should give you around 45mpg on the combined cycle and 132g/km of CO2. The 1.6-litre PureTech 180 petrol unit should manage around 40mpg and 147g/km of CO2. For the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel, expect close to 55mpg and 121g/km of CO2. For really frugal running cost returns though, you'll need the clever PHEV plug-in variant. This uses an 11.8kWh battery which can be fully charged in under two hours using a standard 7kW Wallbox. Once that's done, an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of 31 miles is possible. Even better news lies with the low WLTP-rated CO2 readings and combined cycle fuel readings generated by this plug-in model; expect 30g/km and over 200mpg. DS has sweated the details to get these kinds of returns. The engineers for instance achieved a 10% weight reduction in the weight of the alloy wheels (that's 1.5kg per wheel) with aerodynamic inserts in order to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Servicing on most DS 4 models is needed every year or every 12,500 miles and the cost of garage visits should be affordable too.

Summary

If the DS brand can't make this second generation DS 4work, it's hard to see much of a future for the marque. The DS 4 does, after all, tick all the current boxes for market growth, appealing to SUV folk and simultaneously tapping into the buoyant segment for premium badged compact hatches. The trick for the Gallic marketeers here will lie in convincing customers that this is a credible premium design in its own right, something the first generation DS 4 clearly wasn't. This replacement car deserves a second chance from those who might have rejected its predecessor - or, more likely, failed to even notice its existence. It has the kind of pavement presence a rival 1 Series, A3 Sportback or A-Class noticeably lacks unless very expensively embellished. And there's some cutting-edge technology here that you just can't get with those cars. Will all that be enough though, given compatible pricing? It'll be interesting to see.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions136.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed130mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10 inch HD touchscreen
  • 180 degree colour reversing camera
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Driver attention warning
  • DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
  • Emergency services call system
  • Front parking sensor
  • Intelligent speed adaptation
  • Lane keep assist
  • Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Speed limit recognition and speed warning

Entertainment

  • 2 USB-C connectors rear
  • Bluetooth hands free and media streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Two front USB-C ports

Exterior Features

  • 3rd brake light
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic welcome lighting at car unlocking
  • Automatic windscreen wipers
  • Chrome window surround
  • Chromed DS wings
  • DS 3D LED rear lights
  • DS badge on bonnet with chrome inserts
  • DS monogram on rear tailgate
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Flush fitting door handles
  • Follow me home manual lighting
  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
  • Gloss black exterior door mirrors
  • Gloss black front grille
  • Heated door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wing door
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding 2nd row seats
  • 12V socket in boot
  • 12v socket in front
  • 3 rear seats
  • DS Air - Invisible air vent design
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Front closed storage
  • Front passenger seat
  • Front seats with rear pocket
  • Height and depth adjustable steering wheel
  • High density seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • LED reading lights
  • Polychromatic ambient lighting
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Ski hatch
  • Sunvisors with LED vanity mirror

Packs

  • Cross pack - DS4

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Child safety lock
  • Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • ESP
  • Front and rear isofix mounting points
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear curtain airbags

Security

  • Automatic door locking when moving off
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Stop/ Start function

Wheels

  • 19" Sapporo alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    132

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1199
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90.5
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    41.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    48.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.2
  • Badge Power
    130
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    PureTech
  • Coin Series
    Cross Trocadero
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    19E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • Engine Power - BHP
    131
  • Engine Power - KW
    96
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    170
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    23.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    230
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    130

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Rear
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    SOPPORO
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1470
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4400
  • Wheelbase
    2675
  • Width
    1830
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2061

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    52
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1920
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1240
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    430
  • Max. Loading Weight
    568
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    710
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1352
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.8
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

"a month ago"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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