Used Citroën DS4 (2011 - 2015) Comfort

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 07 Nov 2013
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With the celebratory bells of success of the DS3 still ringing in the ears of the hierarchy at Citroen, the French manufacturer has decided to continue the DS theme and followed up with the introduction of the DS4. Based on the C4 hatch, the Citroen DS4 is the more premium version of the French firm’s more sedate hatchback.

3 out of 5

Comfort

In the rear there is a fair amount of room even when you are seated behind a six-footer and are of average build and height. The coupe shape means this is a four-seater only even though it has a three-seat bench in the rear. The middle seat is only for those who are of a smaller dimension and is best reserved for kids on an occasional short journey.

Despite this, Citroen DS4 comfort levels are surprisingly good. Wind, road and tyre noise is all kept to a minimum unless you are driving extremely quickly. Try to keep the wheel size down and you'll improve the ride comfort: go for 19- or 20-inch wheels and you'll really feel the potholes that litter the UK road network.

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

Citroen DS4 practicality is fairly impressive. For a coupe/hatchback it is quite roomy on the inside. It has 359 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place. Use the extra under-floor storage and this capacity expands to 385 litres. Rivals such as the Renault Megane and the Alfa Romeo Guilietta have less loadroom in the boot. Choose the DS4 with the EGS automatic gearbox and the largest cubby in the central console is cooled and can hold four 50-cl bottles.

This cubby also houses a USB port and 12-volt socket. Even though the car has a coupe shape, it has the bonus of having five doors - meaning there's no need to clamber into the back.

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Behind the wheel

The layout is much the same as the interior of the C4 but there's more than a few DS badges littered about to remind you that you have paid a premium for it. The soft black plastic is a nice touch but the lookalike carbon-effect trim is a little naff. Some of the plastics in the rear are not of the quality that you would expect: they feel a little flimsy and may not fare well over the life-span of the car.