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PROS

  • Stylish looks
  • Plenty of kit
  • Economical diesel

CONS

  • Lacks driver feedback
  • Restricted legroom in the rear

Verdict

Looking to capitalise on the growing number of bodystyles emerging out of the compact hatchback segment, DS has launched this, the new DS 4 Crossback.

Based on the recently revised DS 4 hatchback, the Crossback raises the ride height by 30mm and adds larger black wheels, roof bars and wheel-arch trims.

Designed for customers looking to combine the practicality and drive of a hatchback with the chunky styling of an SUV, the new DS 4 Crossback is set to rival the Volvo V40 Cross Country and Mini Countryman.

After driving the DS 4 Crossback in France recently, we came away impressed with its all-round capabilities. More striking than the hatchback, practical enough for families with an economical diesel available in the engine line-up, plus there’s a vast amount of kit buyers get as standard.

Generous equipment levels

There’s just one trim you can buy the DS 4 Crossback in and all cars come equipped with a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, cruise control, dual-zone air-con, DAB radio, sat-nav and front sports seats.

Its stylish design is complemented by eye-catching DS LED Vision headlamps including scrolling directional indicators, tinted rear windows, gloss black rear spoiler, chrome window surrounds and numerous ‘Crossback’ badges peppering the bodywork.

Completing the look inside are premium door mats, a leather gear knob and interior mood lighting.

Two engines from launch

If you’re looking to buy the new DS 4 Crossback then you’ll have a choice of two engines: one petrol and one diesel.

Likely to be popular with company car drivers will be the 1.6-litre diesel engine with 118bhp and an official fuel consumption of 72.4mpg. It emits 100g/km of CO2 which, although not class-leading, will help keep monthly tax bills low.

The petrol alternative is a 1.2-litre PureTech with 128bhp, which has been used elsewhere in the Citroen line-up including the recently revised C4 Hatchback.

Not for off-road

Despite the DS 4 Crossback’s chunky styling and raised height, this car isn’t designed to be driven off-road and there are no plans to launch a 4WD version.

Loaded with practical features, the Crossback offers a large boot and some useful storage features ideal for everyday family life.

Could the new Crossback be your next car? Continue reading our full DS 4 Crossback review to find out.

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