CitroŽn DS5 1.6 THP 155 Review
Different strokes

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
8 Sep 2012

Citroen’s DS range expands to three models with the C5 based DS5. Raymond Lai finds out more about the new quirky French number.

Introduction, styling

The French are the best when it comes to cars with quirky styling and character. Among the big three French brands, the one with the most eccentric character and style is undoubtedly Citroen. The DS5 is the latest quirky and eccentric Citroen model that is a mixture of styling from a big hatchback, estate and coupe with overtones from a SUV thrown in. Based on the C4, the DS5 can be considered to be Citroen’s answer to compact four-door coupe models like the Volkswagen CC and Audi A5 Sportback.

For the uninitiated, the DS5 and its DS4, DS3 stablemates adopt their DS moniker from the iconic DS, which was in production from the 1950s to the 70s. The DS’ unmistakable looks and advanced technologies at that time made it one of the most significant cars of the 20th century. Its name was basically derived from the French word ‘d esse’ which means goddess. As the range topping DS model for now, is the DS5 good enough to become Citroen’s modern day goddess? Let’s check it out.

The DS5’s styling is based on a Citroen concept car from the 2005 Frankfurt Motor show – the C-Sportlounge. The DS5’s concept car styling details make it a dazzling looking car indeed. These unmistakable details include the sloping, coupe-like roof line, rakish windscreen, double rear windscreen that seems inspired by the old C4 coupe, the chrome detailing that runs from the top of the A-pillar to the headlamps, the gaping Double Chevron grille, the sculpted wraparound headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, the heavily sculpted front bumper that is common across the DS range, the heavy creases on the flanks, trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips as well as the heavy sculpting of the tail lamps.

Some might consider the myriad of styling details to be fussy and overstyled but we reckon the DS5 to be a cool and refreshing looking car that makes for a quirky, adventurous and characterful alternative to similarly sized saloon models.

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Engine Capacity 1598cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Bore x Stroke (77 X 85.8)mm
Power 156bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 109.9 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 202 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4530 x 1871 x 1539) mm
Wheelbase 2727 mm
Kerb Weight 1420 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs