CitroŽn DS5 1.6L e-HDI Turbo Diesel Review
Dicey diesel

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
28 Mar 2014

Introduction, Exterior

Like the Volvo V40 D2 we tested a few weeks earlier, Citroen is going down the same path in circumventing the new COE Cat A categorization. What better car than the DS5 to compete for quality and design?

And with the exit of the 1.6-litre petrol model from Cat A by the reshuffling, Citroen has introduced the diesel variant in a bid to regain their market share.



The DS5 looks like a concept car that just drove right off the show floor of a major auto show. It’s a beautiful exaggerated lines are mostly seen on pre-production concepts but unlike most auto makers, Citroen took a bold step in integrating these unique styling features into their production model.

Most prominent is the large air intake that’s styled in the shape of the company’s insignia. But that’s just the start of it. This DS5 carries more bling than 50 cent with chrome accents all around. It even gets a streak of aluminum trim that rises from the bonnet to the A-pillars that creates a sharper front end.

The rounded front fascia gives us the impression of a porpoise with its large headlamp cluster. The car is fitted with large Xenon lamps as well as fog lamps that turn in tandem with your steering angle.

Despite the DS5 being a hatch, it was styled loosely on the Shooting Brake design concept which is defined by its long swooping roofline that extends all the way to its hatch back tailgate.  

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Engine Capacity 1560cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 115bhp @ 3600rpm
Torque 270Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 89.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 190 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 21.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed 6 speed automated clutch gearbox with paddle shift
Drive Type FF
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4779 x 1860 x 1483) mm
Wheelbase 2815 mm
Turning Circle 11.5 metres
Kerb Weight 1280 kg