DS DS 4 Leasing
The DS 4 is a dynamic, up-market family hatch that's anything but ordinary.
The DS brand, we’re told, is all about more distinctive style and technology. So what might its interpretation of a premium-badged Focus-sized family hatchback be like? The answer is revealed with this intriguing DS 4 model.
Why Would You Want One?
The DS4 is a premium compact hatch that delights in being a little different, with sporty ‘five-door coupe’ styling and plenty of signs of Gallic flair, whether you go for the standard version or the slightly more capable Crossback model, both available with very competitive DS 4 finance. If you want something more individual than the usual Astra, Golf or Focus-fare. And a more interesting option than premium German compact models can provide, then provided you don’t mind making a few minor compromises, it could well be worth a look.
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We’ve had four-door coupes. When this DS 4 was originally launched by Citroen in 2011, its designers decided it was about time we had a five-door one. The stylists of rival models like SEAT’s Leon and particularly Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta will claim that this concept is nothing new, but cars like those aren’t quite as extreme as this one. The swept-back roofline is more distinctly sporty, yet at the same time, your eyes are drawn to the other influences here: the sculpted wheelarches characteristic of a Crossover or small SUV. And the premium hatch feel of the chrome-finished waistline and the dark tinted windows.
Under the bonnet, the entry-level option is a 1.2-litre PureTech 130bhp petrol powerplant but the most popular engine is the most affordable 120bhp version of the 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel unit that all black pump-fuelled DS4 models share. If you want more power, there’s an auto-only BlueHDi 180 variant near the top of the range. Other engines include a mid-range diesel option, the BlueHDi 150 variant. And two THP petrol models offering either 165 or 210bhp. Whatever your choice, DS 4 leasing deals should deliver some affordable figures.
The Bottom Line
Go for a DS 4 lease and you could argue that there’s a price to pay for this car’s individuality. Not everyone will like the coupe design that restricts rear passenger space and all-round visibility. Or the firm ride necessitated by the sporty demeanour the DS people insist this car should deliver. For our part though, we rather like the way that this car refuses to play by established class rules. DS models should be different, just as Flaminio Bertoni and Andre Lefebvre’s 1955 original model was.
All right, so the DS4 won’t revolutionise the market in the way that car did, but it represents an important chapter in the development of a DS brand that refreshingly emphasises the kind of ingenuity that used to epitomise Gallic design. The letters stand for a ‘Different Spirit’: this car has exactly that.
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