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DS 4 Crossback

DS 4 Crossback

 

Citroen DS4 Crossback front angle view

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Citroen DS4 Crossback front angle view

The DS 4 has always been a rather difficult car to pigeonhole. Part hatch and part coupe and no better at being one than the other it has been an unconventional alternative to the likes of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. But now, DS has given the DS 4 a bit of crossover appeal, introducing this new version the Crossback. As with the standard car, the Crossback is also part hatchback and part-coupe, but puts a greater emphasis on being a crossover leaving the standard DS 4 to get on with just being a proper hatch. Think Mercedes GLA, Volvo V40 Cross Country and the forthcoming Infiniti QX30 as its main rivals and you’d be on the right lines.

 

As you’d expect given DS 4 new focus, it’s been given a faux-SUV makeover and is now kitted out with darkened front and rear bumpers, roof bars, an extra 30mm of ride height, wheel arch mouldings and a roof-mounted spoiler. All of the changes to the Crossback will cost you an additional £1,000 over the standard model, but despite the looks you’ll fare no better at getting up a snowy side street, as the alterations are purely cosmetic – there’s no extra ability to go with the rugged image. Nevertheless, DS reckons it’s on to something with nearly 30 percent of premium compact hatchback sales being crossovers. It predicts one in every four DS 4 sales will be the Crossback.

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Engine options are more limited than on its regular sibling. Where the DS 4 is offered with the choice of two trims, three petrol engines and three diesels, the Crossback comes with only one 1.2-litre petrol, two diesels (1.5 and 2.0-litre) and one trim. The range kicks off at£21,745, but here we test the more powerful 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel. It can only be paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox which can be abrupt and jerky with its changes, and at £26,495, it doesn’t come cheap. Having said that, it’s packed with kit- gloss blackl8-inch alloys, leather upholstery, a panoramic windscreen, a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation, dual-zone air-con and a reversing camera are all standard.

 

The combination of the elevated stance and panoramic windscreen givesyou the impression of driving something far larger than you actually are. The engine also has some real grunt, thanks to its 400Nm of torque. It propels you out of slower corners without any fuss, makes overtaking on the motorway a breeze and does it with relative efficiency, too, returning a claimed 64.2mpg and emitting 115g/km of CO2.

 

Further imperfections inherited from the DS 4 are also noticeable in the Crossback the lumpy ride being the most obvious issue. Even with the added 30mm of suspension travel (on top of a newly softened set-up on the DS 4), it doesn’t absorb bumps in the road like it should – which further scratches away at the veneer of refinement DS models are now supposed to be instilled with. It’s slightly softer than the hatch, but lacks that cosseting nature of the Mercedes GLA. The added ride height does slightly disturb body movements when cornering, but there’s plenty of grip.

 

 

DS 4 Crossback Specifications

 

Price. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £26,495
Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.0-litre4cylturbodiesel
Power. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178bhp
Torque. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400Nm
Transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Six speed automatic
0-62mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.6sec
Top speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124mph

 

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