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Citroën DS4 hatchback (2011-2018) - MPG, running costs & CO2

Diesel versions of the DS 4 are cheap to run, but ultimately outclassed by rivals

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3.1 out of 5

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4.8 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

3.7 out of 5

Take a look at the competition and it becomes clear why the DS 4 is a relatively niche car. The 1.6-litre Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion is capable of nearly 90mpg, while even a 217bhp Golf GTI with a DSG automatic gearbox can return 44.1mpg.

The DS 4's comparative rarity doesn't guarantee strong second-hand values, either. It won't be worth much more than 40% of its purchase price after three years or 36,000 miles of ownership, while some Golfs enjoy a figure close to 55%.

DS 4 MPG & CO2

If you want to keep running costs low, one of the three diesel engines fitted to the DS 4 makes the most sense. The BlueHDi 120 is the most frugal – it can return fuel economy of 74.3mpg and has low enough CO2 emissions to attract a Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate of 22%. The BlueHDi 180 automatic returns 64.2mpg, but its slightly higher emissions see BiK come in at 25%.

Petrol versions of the DS 4 obviously can’t match the economy of the diesel models, but the PureTech 130’s 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 114g/km (for a BiK rate of 21%) are good for a petrol-engined car. Steer clear of the 163bhp THP 165 petrol engine, though: it goes from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, but doesn't offer enough of a performance advantage to make up for the fact that it's more expensive to buy, less efficient and more costly to tax (it has a BiK rate of 25%) than the perfectly adequate PureTech 130.

Servicing

DS offers service plans that allow you to make interest-free monthly payments to cover the maintenance of your car. The plans cover your car for either 20 months (two services) or 32 months (three services), but you'll have to contact your local dealer for exact prices. Even though this is a DS 4 – not the Citroen DS4 it used to be called – you can still buy one and get it serviced at your local Citroen dealer.

Insurance

The basic petrol DS 4 is the cheapest to insure – qualifying for group 14 insurance. The diesel models range from group 18 to 24, while the top-of-the-range THP 210 petrol sits in group 31.

Warranty

The DS 4 comes with a standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which can be extended by one or two years at extra cost.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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