Looks – 9/10
The DS 4 is a smart looking car, and in my opinion the Crossback looks even better. The addition of plastic cladding to the wheel arches give a rugged appearance, whilst a raised ride height gives a bit of extra clearance. My test car was the Prestige model, which means full-LED headlights at the front, alongside a tweaked front bumper which includes gloss black inserts and a chrome grille surround. 18-inch black alloys sit under the plastic arches, and a chrome window surround frames the sweeping shape of the glass. The rear door handles are hidden, allowing for a smooth door panel. That being said the rear doors are a strange shape; narrow at the bottom but wide and pointy where the handles are. This makes them awkward in tight car parking spaces. At the back, a gloss black roof spoiler, gloss black lettering and a black plastic bumper insert complete the package. This car looks like a wonderful blend of urban and rugged, as a crossover should.
Inside you can certainly see that the DS models are meant to be more premium than their Citroën siblings. Especially with the optional leather interior (£850) which come with a fancy ‘watchstrap’ pattern to them. The steering wheel is enormous; it would look more at home in a boat than a car. It’s chunky, features silver trim and frames the dials. You can change the colour on the dials, but other than that they are a reasonably simple design. The media screen is nestled neatly into the dashboard, but could have done with being a bit bigger. I found the materials to be generally good, although some of the switchgear felt a bit cheap and flimsy. My favourite feature in the cabin was the panoramic element to the windscreen, which features a sliding panel on each side of the rear view mirror where the dun visor is. Push the panel back and an extra 8 or so inches of glass is visible. It may not sound like a lot but from the front seats it makes a big difference.
Total Score – 35/50