Citroën DS5 hatchback (2012-2018) - Interior & comfort
Seats and interior quality impress, but the DS 5 isn’t as comfortable as we’d expect
As we've noted in the performance section, the DS 5 has firmer suspension than we'd expect. Supportive seats and a very high-quality interior go some way towards making up for this, but some buyers just won't like the way the DS 5 crashes over bumps and potholes, particularly with larger 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels fitted.
DS 5 dashboard
The wraparound driver-focused dashboard is an undoubted highlight of the DS 5 cabin and the centre console on the latest model has 12 fewer buttons than before, so the design is cleaner than ever. Digital dials, clearly laid-out high-quality buttons, some roof-mounted controls, soft-sounding warning buzzers and classy lighting all contribute to a serene environment for the driver and front-seat passenger. Some of the plastics used in less prominent places are a little scratchy and the sat-nav screen could be larger but overall the quality of the interior is very good. There’s also a large steering wheel that’s more vertically mounted than some other cars, plus a small, neat gearlever.
There are three main trim levels available on the DS 5: Elegance, Prestige and DS Performance Line. Fittingly for the upmarket nature of the DS brand, the Elegance pretty well equipped for an entry-level model.
Standard equipment includes cruise control, front and rear electric windows, rear parking sensors, DAB radio, dual-zone air-conditioning, front foglights, an electric parking brake, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, LED daytime running lights and a leather steering wheel. Given that the BlueHDi 120 is our pick of the engine range, we don't think there's any need to spend more money on the higher-spec models.
The Prestige adds xenon lights, an electric driver's seat, a reversing camera, blind spot monitoring and some other styling add-ons. DS Performance Line - as the name suggests - offers a sportier look, complete with gloss-black alloy wheels, a black roof and some unique paint options. Inside, Performance Line cars have seats that are upholstered in plusher material, while various chrome inserts and fancier trim details adorn the dashboard.