Premium compact category
From € 29,200
Five engines to choose from including a PHEV
“Model of maturity” therefore, and this maturity finally begins with a little restraint in the design after those of DS 3 and DS 7 Crossback particularly busy and rowdy, a direction in which the DS 9 has already started to engage. Be careful, the DS 4 always dazzles and still affirms its belonging to the brand but does so in a much more subtle and much more elegant way. The front end remains expressive with its large grille surrounded by projectors forming a sharp look, the sides have protruding muscles and the roof drop is all that there is more dynamic. The whole is always very worked, with many details that we discover as we go, but the line is much less forced. In the end, we obtain a special product light years away from the sad German sobriety.
And fortunately this is also the case inside where DS has for once not given in to an overbidding in the baroque even the foil with a mille-feuille of material, color and texture which completely saturates the retina and is a nightmare in terms of ergonomics. No, here, the cursor is much better placed: the dashboard adopts a sleek and enveloping design, while retaining its originality and the special attention paid to materials. And the controls are where they are expected, such as those for the electric windows, finally in the doors.
In terms of equipment, the DS 4 gives pride of place to technology with a 7-inch instrumentation complemented by a colossal 10-inch head-up display presenting an impressive amount of information as well as a multimedia system with a 10-inch screen. inches, new software that is both practical, beautiful and fluid and control via a touch screen on the central console. But that’s not all since it can also be equipped with a night vision system, a camera-controlled suspension or a Focal audio system with 14 speakers.
In terms of roominess, the DS 4 is a big compact, 4.40 m long, but above all it pampers the occupants of the first row. Knee room at the rear is otherwise average for the category, nothing more, and the very aesthetic roof drop is a little oppressive from the inside for large riders. As for the trunk volume, the 430 liters offered is a respectable figure and it is still acceptable with the plug-in hybrid version which must be satisfied with 390 liters.
There is a little space in the knees and in the head at the rear, but the volume of the trunk places the DS 4 in the good pupils.
Because yes, developed on the EMP2 platform known as V3 as the next Peugeot 308, the DS 4 is available for the first time with a dual petrol / electric E-Tense engine with a total of 225 hp. The technical sheet is known since it has already been found in many models of the Stellantis group with a 1.6 of 180 hp operating in tandem with a 110 hp electric motor, itself powered by a 12.4 battery. kWh. The standard 7.4 kW on-board charger allows the latter to be filled with electrons in 1h45 and the advertised electric range is 55 km according to the WLTP cycle and up to 65 km in the city. The more conservative may otherwise turn to an exclusively thermal choice consisting of a 3-cylinder 1.2 of 130 hp, two 4-cylinder 1.6 of 180 and 225 hp or even a 1.5 BlueHDI of 130 hp, all only. available in eight-speed automatic transmission. A 100% electric version is expected in 2024.
The price range of the DS 4 starts at € 29,200 and ends at € 51,500, with a call price of € 1,000 to € 2,000 lower than the traditional premium competition made up of the BMW 1 Series, the Mercedes Class A and the Audi A3 Sportback, with a similar engine and similar transmission, while offering a better price / equipment ratio.