DS Automobiles

DS Automobiles is a French luxury vehicle marque introduced in 2009 as a sub-marque of Citroen before becoming a standalone brand on 1st June 2014. DS can be an abbreviation of Different Spirit or Distinctive Series The name is also a play on words, as in French it is pronounced like the word déesse, meaning “goddess”.

The history of the DS name goes back to the groundbreaking Citroen DS: Following 18 years of secret development the DS 19 was introduced on October 6 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. During the 10 days of the show, the DS took 80,000 deposits; a record that stood for over 60 years, until it was eclipsed by the Tesla Model 3 which received 180,000 first day deposits in March 2016.

 

 

 

DS3 Crossback

The DS 3 Crossback certainly looks rather different to the small SUVs it competes with, with bold details and lots of unconventional bulges and creases. Perhaps the most unconventional is the ‘shark fin’ – a small piece of bodywork that raises up behind the middle widow pillars. From a practical approach the DS3 Crossback has plenty of room upfront but the large front seats do eat into the room for rear passengers where legroom is not generous. The 350 litre boot, places it on the small side of the class. Available as a 1.2 Petrol, 1,5 Diesel or full Electric offering a 50kWh battery paired to a 100kw electric motor offer a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds, a top speed of 93 mph and a WLTP driving range of 199 miles. The fast charging DC mode will charge from empty to 80% in 30 minutes Prices for the electric DS3 start at Nil Advance payment, petrol cars start at £1199 and diesels at Price reduced from previous quarter price£999 AP.  Full review here.

 

 

 

DS4

The DS4 is shares a platform with the Citroen C5 Aircross, Vauxhall Grandland and the Peugeot 308 and is built alongside the new Vauxhall Astra in Rüsselsheim, Germany. It is quite the looker, stylish and refined from the street, so much so it was awarded “The Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2022” by the 37th Festival Automobile International jury. Internally the DS4 makes a statement too with a modern and high-tech feel, the large comfortable seats really give you the feeling of driving something special. There are also three body looks, a chrome-heavy standard offering just called DS, a DS Performance Line with sporty black wheels and a DS Cross, which has the same suspension and ride height as the others but the prominent skidplates and roof bars of an SUV to take the fight to the likes of the BMW X2. Engines to the Scheme are the 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel both offering 129 bhp and a 179 bhp 1.6 petrol, all cars are only available with an automatic gearbox.  Prices start at £2499 Advance Payment and rise through the grades to £3899 AP.