Irish launch of the new Citroen DS5


By Philip Hedderman

 

WOW – what a stunningly magnificent creation?

 

What you see before is not a mere car.

 

No, it is a work of art.

 

There is just no other way to describe the new Citroen DS5.

 

The pictures do it no justice at all – they give you no sense of scale.

 

For starters, the new luxury 5-door is much more vast in the flesh and would dwarf pretty much everything in its class.

 

In fact, think BMW GT and you’re just about get the size we’re talking.

 

The radical design with its flowing lines up the bonnet, across the top are perfectly choreographed with the chrome pillars which run from the headlights up into a floating roof and is nothing short of breathtaking.

 

Never before, and I mean never, has a car had so many envious gazes.


Driving through Ballsbridge into the centre of town, corporate bankers stared wantonly as we cut through the traffic in the spring sunshine.

 

Inside is equally tantalising with its aviation-inspired cockpit which wraps around the driver.

 

Splitglass sections of the roof divided by a central console peppered with buttons and switches give a real futuristic feel to the cabin.

 

The luxurious interior is also class leading with watchstrap leather upholstery mixed with smatterings of brushed aluminium and soft touch surfaces.

 

It’s also loaded with Citroen’s Creative Technology which includes smart beams, keyless entry and start, sat nav, colour head-up display and new Lane Departure Warning System.

 

Its biggest lure will be the ultra efficient and clean engines including a full Hybrid diesel which bangs out 200bhp while emissions are kept to a staggering 99g/km CO2.

 

Others to choose from in the 2.0 litre HDi line-up include the 110bhp (Tax Band A) of a 163bhp (Tax Band B) or auto in Tax band D.

 

The new DS5 comes in three specs – DSign, DStyle and DSport all with a generous amount of kit as standard.

 

The entry level DSign comes with Bluetooth, automatic folding mirrors with LED kerb side illumination, cruise control with speed limiter, dual zone climate control, rain sensitive wipers, automatic headlights, daytime running LED lights and front fog lamps with cornering function.

 

 

And like all DS models personalising is easy with eight body colours, six wheel designs and nine upholstery options.

 

We only had a quick 20-min spin which was enough to tell us that that this is a serious threat to the conventional saloons currently occupying the executive car park.

 

And the good news is we will be testing it to the limit in two weeks time.

 

Watch this space BMW, Audi and Mercedes.

 

Prices for the new DS range from €32,500 to €44,850