A few months after its revelation, the new DS 4 is being tested on Auto-Moto! Discover our first driving impressions.
This is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated novelties of the year. Unveiled last April, the new DS 4 will have a lot to do as soon as it arrives in dealerships at the end of the year, while it will have the difficult task of competing head-on with well-determined German competitors. But the firm, which became independent from Citroën in 2014, should not have too much to worry about, focusing on a daring style, in the same vein as the previous models in the range. The lines are angular and full of character, thus distinguishing itself very widely from its technical cousin, the Peugeot 308, made official a few months earlier. The large wheels give the car very good proportions and a real presence. Note that a Cross version will also integrate the range, being distinguished for its part by specific attributes, including body protections as well as roof bars. On the other hand, the ground clearance has not been changed, with a total height then still culminating at 1.47 meters.
On board, the presentation is obviously very elegant, inspired by what DS has been offering for several years with its DS 7 Crossback. However, some changes have been made since the first model, while the designers have favored a more refined driving position, dispensing with attributes deemed superfluous. The center console is now more ventilated, as is the dashboard, which then accommodates a large 10-inch touch screen, incorporating a modernized infotainment system. The driver will also be able to count on the digital handset, always personalizing. The designers have paid particular attention to this interior, which is elegant and comfortable, thanks to a wheelbase of 2.67 meters. For its part, the trunk of 430 liters remains in the average of the market, although it passes to 390 liters on the plug-in hybrid version. Overall, passengers are pampered in this DS 4, which affirms loud and clear its premium positioning, also offering itself a beautiful technological endowment. In short, it’s beautiful, it’s silent, the blends are flawless and the atmosphere is decidedly luxurious.
DS 4 test: our first opinion
During our test, we had the opportunity to take over two versions of this DS 4. It is the PureTech petrol 225 horsepower and the declination plug-in hybrid E-Tense 225 horses, taking up the traction chain already well known within the brands of the former PSA group. If we will come back in more detail later on the technical specifications of these respective versions, the top-of-the-range compact shines in all cases by its great comfort, both by the driving position and by the steering wheel and the general ergonomics of the cabin. . Special mention also to the piloted suspension baptized DS Active Scan Suspension, which analyzes the road in order to anticipate imperfections and therefore to adapt the damping accordingly. But overall, it is impossible not to mention the entire technological arsenal of the French, which is full of particularly useful driving aids, regardless of the finish chosen. These include the head-up display, Matrix LED lights and even the front and rear parking aid, standard on the Rivoli finish.
Stay tuned to discover our full test of the new DS 4!
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