- Refined interior
- Elegant design
- Plenty of standard kit
- Lack of rear space
- Unexciting to drive
The premium arm of the Citroen brand has re-launched itself in 2015 and this is the second model to join the new line-up, the revamped DS 4 hatchback, previously known as Citroen DS 4.
Following in the footsteps of the recently revised 5, the 4 hatchback is essentially a comprehensive facelift of the car launched back in 2011.
Sporting coupe-like looks and a new vertical grille design - dubbed “DS Wings” – feature and the striking design is further complemented by a chrome belt running along the lower section of the doors. A range of new 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheel designs is also available.
New eye-catching DS LED Vision headlamps include scrolling directional indicators which look as sophisticated as they sound.
Other sporty features include the integrated door handles, chrome detailing around the windows and a subtle rear spoiler.
Customisation is key
Initiated with the DS 3 in 2010, the revised DS 4 is available in a two-tone design with four colour options for the roof and spoiler and nine body colours. There are in fact up to 38 colour combinations available and a range of interior options to make your DS 4 hatchback feel unique.
You’ve got a choice of two trims: Elegance and Prestige, both of which come very well equipped for the price. All cars come with cruise control, sat-nav, rear parking sensors, 17-inch alloys and a seven-inch multimedia system with DAB radio as standard.
The amount of kit on offer will be a key weapon in the new DS 4 hatchback’s armoury; despite being far better equipped, the DS 4 is currently around five percent cheaper than the A3 Sportback and BMW 1 Series.
Choice of six engines
There’s a choice of three petrol and three diesel powertrains, with power ranging from 118bhp to 207bhp.
Likely to be a popular company car choice, the firm believes that 80 percent of sales for the 4 hatchback will be diesel, in particular the 100g/km 1.6-litre engine with 118bhp and official fuel consumption of 72.4mpg.
Those looking for racier performance will be pleased that the range also includes a 207bhp 1.6-litre petrol, which offers 285Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds.
So does the refreshed DS 4 hatchback have what it takes to rival popular German alternatives? Continue reading our full review to find out.