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PROS

  • Refined interior
  • Elegant design
  • Plenty of standard kit

CONS

  • Lack of rear space
  • Unexciting to drive

Verdict

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.

DS is keen to emphasise the 4’s premium appeal and has pitched the car against the highly successful Audi A3 Sportback, BMW 1 Series hatchback and all-new MINI Clubman.

Avantagarde design

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.

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