DS 4 review - French luxury hatch sets its sights on prestige rivals - DS 4 interior and tech

Fledgling luxury brand needs stronger cars than DS 4 to prosper

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

Interior and Tech

It’s nicely done inside, but it is essentially the Citroen C4’s interior with a few jazzy extras, such as a row of LED lights underneath the windscreen and the option of having your dials lit in a variety of colours. The DS 4 gets its own range of trim finishes, while the leather seats that have a ‘watch-strap’ effect are a highlight. As Citroen cabins are perfectly fine when compared to those of their peers, the DS’s effort is acceptably chic.

It’s worth noting that the shaped roofline and those funky ‘hidden’ rear doors do nothing for the practicalities of rear-seat ingress, the process actually becoming a contorted affair and landing passengers in a darker space than the front row, which is brightened by the panoramic windscreen.

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A glance through the comprehensive options list throws up luxuries such as blind spot monitoring (part of a driver assist pack at £890), a Denon hi-fi upgrade (£450), leather combinations costing anything between £490 and £1550, and Xenon directional headlights for £690, with plenty more toys available. Therefore, the DS4 can be optioned up just like any good German car could be.

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