New hybrid one of most important cars of 2012
SOME are saying Citroën’s striking DS5 will be one of the important cars of 2012. It takes over from the C5 as the marque’s flagship car, with the sporty DS styling theme – and a big step sideways from the Germanic design chosen for the C5.
It is the first Citroën to use the Peugeot group’s diesel electric hybrid 4x4 system – achieving 99g/km CO2. Like Peugeot’s 3008 Hybrid4 this makes the 200 horse power hatchback exempt from annual road tax, the London congestion zone charges and gives a 10 per cent benefit in kind rate for business users.
The hybrid is the top model in the DS5 range, which should be in showrooms before the April 2 delivery date. Prices begin at £22,400 for the catchily titled e-hdi 110 Airdream EGS6 Dsign, which has a turbo petrol engined co-developed with BMW, equipped with stop start ignition, to be rated at just 114g/km of CO2. Top price in the base Dsign range is £27,600 for the Hybrid4 200 Airdream EGS6. Higher trim levels are Dstyle and Dsport, with the hybrid model costing £32,200. Other conventional engines are the 160hp diesel and a 200hp petrol.
The DS5 comes to market with the maximum 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Citroën UK expects only five per cent of us will buy a petrol DS5.
INNOVATION: The flagship Citroën DS5, one of the first diesels with an electric hybrid system.