The 2023 Citroen DS5 is a compact executive hatchback designed and developed by French automaker Citroën and launched in Europe in November 2011. The 2023 Citroen DS5 is the third model of the premium DS sub-brand. Launched as the Citroën DS5, the car was re-released as the DS 5 in 2015, following Citroën’s decision to rename the DS models and market them under the DS brand. While Peugeot and Citroën’s products have had common platforms and core components since the last decades of the twentieth century, the DS5 became the first Citroën-branded car to be assembled at Peugeot’s leading European factory in Sochaux in 2011.
The 2023 DS5 combines hatchback and estate styling, reminiscent of a shooting brake. The DS5 fills in where the first-generation C5 hatchback left off, as there are no longer hatchback versions of the current C5. Like the original concept car, its interior is heavily inspired by aviation and is offered by two center consoles, one located just above the other on the roof. A hybrid convertible Citroën DS5 was selected by François Hollande for his parade as President of France in May 2012. The Citroën DS5 was re-released as the Citroen DS5 in 2015 without the Citroën badge.
2023 Citroen DS5 : Interior
The 5 has a stunning interior with an eye-catching center console and some very flashy design touches. Standard equipment includes cruise control, front and rear power windows, rear parking sensors, DAB radio, dual-zone air conditioning, front fog lights, electric parking brake, automatic headlights, windscreen wipers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, LED daytime running lights and a leather steering wheel. Given that the BlueHDi 120 is our pick in the engine range, we don’t think there’s any need to spend more money on higher-spec models.
The 2023 Citroen DS5 Prestige adds xenon headlights, a power driver’s seat, a backup camera, blind spot monitoring, and some other styling add-ons. The DS Performance Line – as the name suggests – offers a sportier look with glossy black alloy wheels, a black roof, and some unique paint options. Inside Performance Line cars are seats upholstered in softer material, while various chrome trims and more ostentatious trim details adorn the instrument cluster.
2023 Citroen DS5 : Engine
Buyers can choose between turbocharged petrol, two diesel engines, and PSA’s diesel-electric Hybrid4 engine. It combines a 163 hp 2.0 HDi diesel engine with a rear axle-mounted 37 hp (28 kW) electric motor, sending power to all four wheels as needed. Depending on trim level, this drivetrain emits 99g/km or 107g/km of CO2, and if the battery is sufficiently charged, the vehicle can only go electric. It’s also worth noting that the DS5 is the first Citroën with a hybrid drivetrain and the first production car with a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain.
2023 Citroen DS5 : Safety
The 2023 Citroen DS 5 is backed by the company’s reputation for low reliability, but the standard safety equipment is good. DS’ parent brand, Citroen, has a better reputation for safety than reliability. The DS 5 was awarded a maximum five-star crash test rating by Euro NCAP, with the top score for adult occupant protection and a very strong excellent score in the safety support category. The 2023 Citroen DS5 standard safety kit on all models includes anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control to help prevent skidding, hill start assist, a full set of airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounting points, and a seat belt warning chime.