Citroen has added a new model to the DS range with the DS5, a luxury saloon-hatchback crossover based on the C5 and boasting diesel-electric hybrid power.
This ‘Hybrid4’ system has been developed alongside partner Peugeot, which will use the same system in its 3008 MPV and, later, in the RCZ coupé.
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Cirtoen DS5: diesel-electric and four-wheel drive
In the case of the DS5, the combination of front-drive diesel power and rear-axle electric drive can mean four-wheel drive, diesel-only or purely electric modes according to where and how you’re driving.
As such, the DS5 can operate as a zero-emissions electric car around town while offering typical diesel cruising range and performance the rest of the time.
A combined CO2 output of just 99g/km is particularly impressive for a car of this size, and would mean the DS5 slots into tax band A, meaning free car tax.
Read our car tax guide and our guide to green car technologies, including hybrid systems
Citroen DS5: styling matches current DS range
Honed on the DS3 and DS4 – the latter due on sale later this year – Citroen’s DS design language is certainly eye-catching and is deliberately pitched at those looking to make a statement with their car.
Bold intakes on the front bumper, lots of twinkly LED lights and exaggerated wheelarch lines combine with a sleek, coupé-esque hatchback profile that offers a decent 485-litre boot and seating for five.
Inside, Citroen boasts of luxury materials and finishes to shame cars costing several times as much. Fine-grain leather with contrasting stitching and ebony inserts on the dash are claimed to offer a suitably high-class feel.
There will be plenty of gizmos too, ambient lighting softening the mood while a full colour head-up display means you never need take your eyes off the road.
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