The Citroen DS4 is offered by the French car manufacturer, Citroen as the 2nd model of the DS premium luxury line of vehicles. The DS4 was officially launched in the year 2011 globally, but was released in some countries in the year 2010. The DS4 has raised suspensions in order to look like a compact SUV. The door handles are repositioned so that it has a coupe like look to it. The back windows of the car are fixed so they do not open outwards or slid.
The DS4 is powered by petrol engines that were a collaboration between BMW and PSA. Each of the engines are 1598 cc 4 cylinder with 16 valve units. The VTi 120 is the base model and it is often aspirated. It puts out at about 120 PS. The name alone implies that it has variable valve timing.
The next engine level is a THP 155, which is a turbo charged version of the VTi. It has 156 PS because of the dual overhead cams and a twin scroll turbocharger. The engine is mated with a six speed manual transmission.
There are 2 diesel engines available for the DS4 as well. The HDi is a 1560 cc 4 cylinder that offers 112 PS. The second is a 4 cylinder HDi 160 that is also used in the Citroen C5. The displacement for this engine is 1997 cc and offers 163 PS.
The Citroen DS4 has an optional Start and Stop technology. The company states that the battery of the vehicle can withstand more than 600,000 starting cycles. The trunk of the vehicle is 385 Liters and when the back seats are folded it reaches 1021 Liters.
There are 3 trim levels of the vehicle available, the Dsign, the Dstyle, and the Dsport. The DSign offers powered windows, remote locking, air conditioning, and cruise control. Automatic lights are available for the D style.
Performance and Handling
The engines of the vehicle provide an overall good performance and the flexibility of the gears is quite decent. Since the DS4 gets its basis from the C4 hatchback, in comparison the ride is a bit stiffer in the Citroen DS4. The ride height is raised from the C4 which provides riders with a bit more room.
The ride does not seem to ever really settle down, but it has strong body control around bends and offers plenty of grip. However, for most people the steering may feel a bit remote and when going over midsized bumps.
Safety and Security
Each of the DS4s come with curtain, front, and side airbags in order to protect passengers who are involved in a crash. The vehicles are also equipped with stability control to help you avoid crashes in the first place. Two of the top models of the vehicle came with a monitoring system for blind spots. For security there has been an engine immobilizer and an alarm included with each car. Each of the safety features of the vehicle led to it achieving a 5 star crash rating.
Overall, the Citroen DS4 offers a decent looking, high quality alternative in the family of small conventional hatches. The engine of the vehicles are corkers and these vehicles come extremely well equipped, which make them a great choice for almost any family.
The looks of this car come at a hefty price. Overall, the price does not do any justice for the practicality of the vehicle as many people feel that the overall ride to the farm is a bit much.