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Citroen DS4

Citroen DS4

Citroen DS4

Citroen DS4

Citroen DS4

Citroen DS4

Citroen DS4 interior

Citroen DS4 interior

Citroen DS4 steering wheel

Citroen DS4 seats

Year (of specifications) 2011
Engine(s) various petrol and diesel options
Transmission 6 speed manual or auto FWD
Max speed -
0-60 -
Horsepower 110 hp - 200 hp
weight -

Citroen has been on a charge recently to take the brand more upmarket. The new direction started out with the DS3, and now the all-new DS4 is set to continue the trend.

The Citroen DS4 is larger than the DS3, and also a little more grown up in its appearance. It's not an ugly car by any means, but it's also not that exciting or groundbreaking.

At launch the Citroen DS4 will be offered with a choice of five different engines. The two HDi diesels - an HDi 110 (also available as an e-HDi version) and an HDi 160 - are both equipped with Citroën’s Diesel Particulate Filter System. The three petrol powerplants - VTi 120, THP 155 and the new THP 200 - were developed in partnership with BMW. The new THP 200 - based on the 1.6-litre engine - delivers flexible power delivery and performance thanks to its power output (200horsepower), plentiful torque (275Nm at 1,700rpm) - with low CO2 emissions of just 149g/km.

For those who want to get the best fuel economy the e-HDi 110 diesel model is the one to go for. Citroen's micro-hybrid e-HDi technology features a stop-start system which cuts emissions and CO2 by as much as 15 percent in built up areas, an alternator which recovers electrical energy during breaking, and an electronically controlled gearbox which optimises gear changes for better fuel economy.

Drivers who want something a little more entertaining might want to consider the 200 hp THP 200 petrol option.

All the engine options are available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Suspension and Brakes
Citroen's always been pretty proud of the way they can make a car handle - even when it doesn't. And they've often employed some unusual tech to get the job done. But for the DS4, Citroen's engineers have used pretty unremarkable and standard technology. Up front are MacPherson struts, while at the rear is a a flexible transverse beam setup.

Jeremie Maestracci, project manager for the DS4, said of the car: "We really wanted drivers to feel like they have the road at the tips of their fingers".

Depending on the trim level, the Citroen DS4 comes with large 340mm diameter ventilated disc brakes as standard. Electronic braking aids include ABS (of course), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). Basically all these systems make sure that the driver can bring the car to a halt as quickly as possible, without the car loosing its balance or control.

Bodywork and Styling
As said before the Citroen DS4 isn't a revolutionary design which will light up the world. But for the market it's aimed at it's more than adequate. It's a good solid design, with a few nice features including; a panoramic windscreen which extends high into the roof, hidden rear door handles which give the car a sleeker appearance, and stylish chrome trim elements.

The interior of the Citroen DS4 features a range of gadgets - or as Citroen prefers to call it 'Creative Technologie'. Features available include an advanced audio system with graphic equalizer which offers high quality sound throughout the cabin. To keep you comfortable and supple during long drives, massaging front seats are available with electric lumbar adjustment in the front passenger's and driver's seat backs.

Making the car a little more personal, drivers can also choose their own on-board ambiance from four ranges of polyphonic sounds - Classic, Crystal Symphony, Jungle Fantasy & Urban Rythmik - for alerts and reminders; select from three air-conditioning flow levels - soft, average & intense; and choose from an array of colours for the instrument panel.

The Citroen DS4 is available with a choice of five leather combinations, including two-tone options. High-spec models are also fitted with a leather trimmed dashboard and door panels - complete with an unusual 'Bracelet' design on the seats.

For an added touch of luxury, there is chrome detailing on the air vent surrounds, instrument cluster, gear lever and parts of the central console. Aluminium pedals, embossed leather door handles and ambient lighting are also featured in the DS4

Similar and related vehicles:
Citroen DS3 Racing (2010)
Citroen C4 VTS (2004 - 2008)

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