DS 4 review - French luxury hatch sets its sights on prestige rivals - DS 4 MPG and running costs

Fledgling luxury brand needs stronger cars than DS 4 to prosper

Evo rating
Price
from £20,045
  • Improved ride, impressive quality and materials
  • Dull dynamics, unimpressive performance

MPG and running costs

Until the arrival of the BlueHDi and PureTech units, the DS 4’s figures were not something to shout about. However, the range now emits anything from 100g/km (with the BlueHDi 120 Elegance) up to 138g/km for the THP 210. Only this model and the 130g/km THP 165 attract any ‘showroom’ road tax, although no DS4 is free from VED after the first 12 months.

Economy is similarly impressive, running from 47.9mpg on the THP 210 up to an scarcely believable 74.3mpg on the lower-powered BlueHDi units. The best petrol option is the PureTech, offering 55.4mpg and 119g/km. 

Benefit-in-kind rates stretch from 18 to 24 per cent. Citroen does fixed rate servicing (or service and MOT packages) from £115, while the warranty is a three-year/60,000-mile offering. Cover can be extended from £313, although the car would need to have less than 60,000 miles on the clock after 36 months for this to be available.

The tricky part is residual values, as Citroens aren’t particularly known for robust second-hand prices and the DS brand is still a new concept for everyone, so it’s unlikely the DS 4 will buck the French firm’s trend.

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