Citroen DS4 hatchback

£17,855 - £25,305

The DS range of Citroens has been designed to offer a premium alternative to the manufacturer's core range. The Citroen DS4 gets quirky looks that are more in keeping with models from the firm's past, such as the original Citroen DS. The inside of the car has an upmarket feel and the DS4 gets attractive styling touches including a wraparound front windscreen.

The DS4 can be had with a choice of three diesel and three petrol models. The petrols can’t match the economy of the diesel cars, but even the basic 1.6 offers reasonable pace, while the THP200 is almost as quick as hot hatches such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The diesels also offer spritely performance and the mid-range HDI 135 offers the best mix of economy and performance in the range.

There are three trim levels to choose from in the DS4 line-up – DESIGN, DSTYLE, and DSPORT, but this is a high-spec model and even the basic car comes with cruise control, alloy wheels, air-conditioning, and electric windows.