Today sees Citroen's strange DS5 go on sale - strange because it's an executive car that's also a hatchback. And French. And a diesel-electric hybrid. Will the experiment work? Or will this be another Renault Avantime-style disaster?
If you're looking for an answer to that question, you won't get it here - we dare not predict how well (or not) the DS5 will sell. The
What we do know, however, is what the DS5 is like: sort of good, in a way.
It's basically a quite large family hatchback, but with better than average interior quality and, certainly, more personality than the average mid-level three-box premium saloon.
Priced from £22,400, the bottom rung of DS5 ownership is a good three grand cheaper than that of the BMW 3 Series.
That price is for a DSign spec car with a 108bhp diesel engine. The same spec offers a 158bhp diesel, and a 198bhp Hybrid4 diesel-electric hybrid setup, boasting 99g/km. That costs about £27,000.
Those that big fat hate diesel can have a THP 200 engine, which is a 1.6-litre turbo petrol unit with 198bhp. The most you can spend on a DS5, before options, is £32,200, for a Hybrid4 in DSport spec. Middle spec is DStyle, which begins at £25,000.
DStyle adds part leather, an analogue clock (yes, really), a reversing camera, sat nav and electric sun blinds for a panoramic roof. DSport turns part leather into whole leather, heats the front seats, adds xenon auto-directional headlamps, and a colour head-up display.