Review

Citroen DS5 hatchback

The Citroen DS5 is Citroen's attempt to build a car that competes with executive models such as the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. In reality, it is more of a rival for cars such as the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo, but offers more distinctive looks than both and a quirky body style that sits somewhere between an MPV and a conventional estate car.

The distinctive styling continues inside, and the Citroen offers high-grade plastics, leather seats and buttons on the roof lining – like you would expect to find in an airplane's cockpit. The interior is pretty spacious, with decent levels of passenger room and a generous boot.

The DS5 comes with a range of frugal diesel engines, although customers can also opt for a super-economical diesel-electric hybrid, or a quick petrol engine.