> All-new DS 4
> Distinctive design
> Petrol, diesel, and hybrid drivetrains
> Deliveries begin in 2022
> Priced from £25,350
If you’re looking for a premium hatchback that’ll stand out from the crowd, DS might just have something for you. Designed to out-chic an Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series, the all-new DS 4 is certainly distinctive.
Its hatchback silhouette is detailed with dynamic scores and creases, each giving the car a chiselled look. Unique daytime running lights sit on either side of the large grille along with jewel-like headlights. A set of 20-inch alloy wheels fill the arches nicely for a real concept car look.
Looking for something a little more rugged? DS 4 Cross models get a more crossover inspired look with contrasting cladding, glossy black details, scuff plate, and roof rails.
Far from blending in, the DS 4 is keen to make a style statement.
The DS 4’s cabin is just as avant-garde as its exterior, with a characterful design throughout. Swooping surfaces and premium materials are a constant in this space, something that really makes it feel different from your typical Audi or BMW.
There’s a new 10-inch widescreen infotainment system that runs fresh software debuting in the DS 4. This responsive screen can be customised with various shortcuts of your choice, but also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
There’s a secondary screen that serves as an advanced touchpad for the system. Virtual buttons support functions and help reduce switchgear on show – although, we do applaud DS for retaining some physical controls.
There are plenty of little storage spaces and large door bins for bits and bobs, but right-hand drive cars feature a glovebox only really suitable for, well, gloves. Why? DS didn’t move the fusebox to the other side of the car when they did the steering wheel. Not a deal-breaker, but a little irksome.
The rear bench seats three with good levels of leg and headroom for all – including the middle passenger. Cars with panoramic roof options do sacrifice some headroom, but those of average height should still be fine sitting in the back.
It acquits itself well in the luggage department, too. A 430-litre boot is larger than that of an Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series.
From launch, there will be a mix of petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid options. There’s a trio of the former and one each of the latter.
Pure petrol cars are all three-cylinder 1.2-litre units in various states of tune; 128bhp, 178bhp and 222bhp. Then there’s the solitary diesel engine, a 1.5-litre that produces 128bhp.
While there’s no news on a pure EV at this point in time, you can order a plug-in hybrid. The combination of 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor is good for 222bhp and an electric range of up to 31 miles.
All cars send power to the ground via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The range kicks off at £25,350 in Bastille+ trim. For your cash you can expect standard equipment including a 10-inch infotainment system, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting, and a reversing camera. Rivoli is the top trim coming in at £35,150 and includes luxuries such as 19-inch alloy wheels, leather, and adaptive cruise control.
More rugged Cross cars start at £29,450 and run up to £35,750 in top specification.
Order books are now open with deliveries expected in the first part of 2022.