Road Test

Road Test: 2012 Citroen DS5 THP 156

June 4, 2012

Citroen DS5 2012_01The latest addition to the Citroen’s DS-range is the Citroen DS5. The new DS5 looks like a sportier and more stylish edition of the Citroen C5. At the front you notice the double chevron grille and the chrome finished  sabres that flow from the top of the headlights to the windscreen. The bonnet section is quite short, but with a huge windscreen, the driver actually sits quite far from the nose of the car. From the front the Citroen DS5 looks more like C5, but from the rear it’s something very different. The roof line starts to drop from B-pillar backwards and the rear overhang is very short. DS5 has a kind of a hatchback rear end which looks a bit funny, until you get used to it. The sporty design is finalized with the dark tinted rear windows and the twin exhaust.

Due to the short rear overhang, the exterior dimensions seem surprisingly compact. However, the DS5 still provides roomy interior. This feeling is highlighted even more by the extansive use of glass on the roof. Just like in the exterior, the interior includes numerous design details, which really create the DS5 a special touch. Citroen has created a cockpit that is built around the driver. The central console is wide and clearly positioned towards the driver. The gear lever of the automatic transmission is very short and the steering wheel is positioned near-vertically. There are a lot of buttons and control switches in the steering wheel, in the central console and even in the roof, so it takes a while to get to know all of these.

There are a few engine choices available for the new DS5. We drove the basic petrol variant with a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. As the car’s name suggests, it delivers 156 horsepower. The top torque is 240 Newton metres. Eventhough the Citroen DS5 is quite big car, you would  expect the 156 hp and 240 Nm to provide a bit better performance. Acceleration from zero to 100km/h takes 9.7 seconds and the top speed is 202 km/h. This engine is paired with an 6-speed automatic transmission, which is sadly a bit of a disappointment. The automatic transmission isn’t the most comfortable one and it feels like it doesn’t get the best performance out of the engine. When accelerating with full throttle, it feels like the transmission is holding you back. I’m not sure if the manual gearbox would be any different, but at least it would feel more like you’re in control. Luckily, there is also a THP 200 version available, which offers manual transmission and 200 horsepower version of this 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The steering is another thing that is more confortable than sporty. Steering wheel is quite large and it feels like your hands are making big circles in the cockpit when turning. Because of this, the steering feels slow and you don’t want to make any fast turns. Not every car has to be driven like a sports car, but the sporty exterior of the DS5 just gives you the impression that this would be more like a driver’s car. Instead Citroen DS5 is clearly designed for comfortable traveling. It provides roomy interior and even quite a big boot. 468 litres is of luggage space is quite well considering its stylish interior and the rear end which looks a bit short. Although the performance of the transmission left us dissatisfied, it seems to be quite fuel efficient. The combined fuel consumption is 7,1 litres per hundred kilometres. In the city the consumption is 9,9 litres, but on a highway it is just 5,6 litres. Well, actually the THP 200 with the manual transmission is even more fuel efficient as its combined fuel consumption is just 6,7 l/100km. So if you consider the DS5, you should try the THP 200 or maybe one of the diesel variants instead of this THP 156.



  • Petrol
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1598cc
  • Turbo


  • 115 kW (156 hp) / 6000rpm


  • 240 Nm / 1400rpm


  • 6-speed automatic
  • FWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 9.7 seconds

Top speed

  • 202 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 7.1 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 165 g/km

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