DS DS4 Motability car frontThe DS4 is the middle car in the déesse family, which is French for goddess, and is the only one of the three to be a sporty version of an existing car in the Citroen range, in this instance the Citroen C4, an underestimated car in its own right. The DS4 is without question a very attractive car, it is 40mm taller and 60mm shorter than the C4 and this is reflected in the sleek lines of the car, the driving manners are improved, if a little jittery over potholes, and the cabin is delightfully laid out. The sleek design makes for poor rear visibility and rear seats that are only for occasional use as when the small rear doors are open you have a very small aperture to squeeze through and once in, space is tight, also you will not find controls for the rear windows as they don’t open.


DS DS4 Motability car interiorThe DS4 in available in Prestige and Elegance trim lines, both are well appointed, the Elegance has electronic parking brake, panoramic windscreen with individual sun blinds,  cruise control, automatic dual-zone air conditioning,  adjustable front arm rest, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, height adjustable front seats, front fog lights with cornering function, 17″ alloys, heated and electrically-folding door mirrors, 7″ touchscreen with sat nav and DAB radio, leather steering wheel and gear knob and chrome window trim. The Prestige adds keyless entry and start, reversing camera, sports seats, headlight washers, xenon headlights, LED front fog lights and 18″ alloys.


The DS4 is available in six different engines, three petrol and three diesel, the pick of the petrol offerings is the three cylinder 1.2 petrol 6 speed manual can reach 62 mph in 9.9 seconds and return 55.4 mpg. The 165bhp petrol EAT6 6 speed automatic is a traditional torque converter gearbox and can reach 62 in 8.7 seconds and return 50.4 miles per gallon.

The Diesel comes in three versions, a two litre that can produce 180 or 150 bhp or the best value pick is the 1.6 diesel with 120bhp that is available as a 6 speed manual or EAT6 full automatic, power is adequate and delivery and progress smooth, 62mph can be reached in 10.9 seconds as a manual or 11.4 as an automatic, economy is an excellent 74.3 as a manual or 72.4 as an automatic.

Winter Best Buy – Citroen DS4 1.6 Diesel 120bhp  Elegance Manual  –   £1645 Advance Payment (£627 wpms)

 Winter Best Buy – Citroen DS4 1.6 Diesel 120bhp  Elegance Automatic  –   £2245 Advance Payment (£1227 wpms)