Model Engine Transmission 6-speed auto, front-wheel drive show hosted by Adrian Hailwood for customers and motor-noters alike. Naturally, the cars took centre stage, and the Crossback was arguably the prettiest of the bunch (of the car models, rather than the skin and bones variety).
It (and the DS5) are powered by a 400Nm HDi turbodiesel mated with a six-speed auto, and this is not only economical – combined fuel figure in the mid-4s – but an easy overall drive, with the usual amount of turbolag leading to momentary hesitation off the mark. With 133kW it scrambles to 100 in 8.6sec, offers 360L of hatch space, and features dual zone air con, parking sensors both ends, a reversing camera, sunblinds that slide upwards to create a panoramic windscreen, and sat nav. Seats offer heating and massaging functions. Cost is $54,990.
“All that is DS is seen in the DS5”, according to NZ boss, Simon Rose, and each dealer will have one on hand as a demo vehicle. The latest version sports a new grille, and an aerospace-inspired cockpit. The DS5 is notable for its ‘hyper comfort’ tag, and it isn’t a term that’s entirely inappropriate. Over speed bumps this is almost as cushioning as Citroëns with proprietary hydropneumatic suspension, a system that could flatten these inner city speed calmers as effectively as a modern SUV with long travel suspension. Special features of the $64,990 vehicle include Apple CarPlay, keyless entry, head-up display, lane departure warning, nappa leather upholstery, a three-part panoramic roof, blind spot monitoring and noise reducing glass.
The DS team hopes to move around 100 units over the next 12 months, around equal numbers for each of the variants, with increasing sales thereafter upon the arrival of its new SUVs. Eventually, according to the DS looking glass, the brand aspires to be an Audi competitor.
Model DS5 1997cc IL4, TDI, 133kW@3750rpm, 400Nm@2000rpm 0-100km/h 9.9sec, 4.4L/100km, 114g/km, 1615kg ABOVE - Guess the plate says it all, though ‘new’ might be stretching things some.