DS 9

WHAT IS IT?
The DS 9 is the 3rd version from Citroen’s deluxe offshoot brand, but unlike the DS 7 Crossback or the DS 3 Crossback, it’s the initial designer-label French vehicle for ages to avoid the jacked-up crossover fad. Look, it’s a completely traditional four-door public house vehicle. Keep in mind those?

Sizewise, the DS 9 is a nailed-on competitor for the leading BMW 5 Collection, Audi A6 and also Mercedes E-Class … however even DS doesn’t assume it’ll be squaring up to those people in a straight fight.

The game plan is to nick a couple of hundred sales from the Jaguar XF and also Lexus ES, and provide a French-flavoured alternative for anyone who gets on their sixteenth Merc and likes a change.

3 powertrains get on deal, as well as diesel is nowhere to be seen. Exactly how the times have changed, eh? Select instead in between a 1.6-litre gas four-cylinder good for a spirituous 222bhp, or a plug-in hybrid that teams a minimal gasoline engine with an e-motor. It additionally adds up to 222bhp, however with an useful 34 miles of declared all-electric array. Covering the range is the 355bhp plug-in 4×4 set-up located under Peugeot’s 508 PSE.

While the DS 9 shares its under-the-skin structures with Peugeot’s impossibly good-looking 508– which is additionally offered with a fleet of hybrid drivetrains– the not-a-Citroen is longer as well as in some way more refined.

The sagging front LED concept as well as big Audi-esque grille provide it some snarling road presence in your victim’s rear-view mirror, but regardless of lashings of chrome as well as elaborate lights, the 9 isn’t instantly lovely. It’s not an awful cars and truck, but it seems to be attempting rather hard to be inoffensive. And definitely a DS should be wantonly mad and also certainly spectacular? Appears odd that Peugeot’s less expensive saloon is the palpably more sexy maker.

DS hits back on the inside, with a lush cabin that recognizes from the DS 7 Crossback, yet somehow really feels even more upmarket when not jammed into a jumped-up hatchback.

Front and also centre, a 12-inch touchscreen. Behind the (regular-sized) guiding wheel, 12.3 inches of fully electronic instruments. The steel home window switches live on the centre console, while the well-trimmed leathers and fillets of flashes of metal ramp up the viewed high quality.

Sales targets are small: DS wishes to market a few hundred in the UK, while a future as a French state auto certainly awaits throughout the Channel. Can it set a president for the return of big French autos? No? Merde.

WHAT’S THE DECISION?
” One of the most convincing DS. Tried all the German best-sellers? Below’s a thoughtful option”
The DS 9 draws out right into the light the unusual contradiction at the heart of the whole DS brand. What, specifically, is it for?

Is it supposed to transport the spirit of the original Citroen DS, which was among the most technically progressed, forward-looking autos in background? If so, this DS 9 isn’t enthusiastic enough. It’s skilled as well as well-considered, yet eventually not-at-all highly ground-breaking.

If, then, DS is supposed to be a work of art of style, why is Peugeot producing a wilder-looking variety of cars presently? It virtually seems like the badges obtained blended at the manufacturing facility as well as Peugeot’s wacky-interior ‘d 508 should’ve been the DS competitor. See likewise: the Citroen C5X.

DS says it’s a superior brand: Louis Vuitton on wheels. And we can at least concur the globe certainly doesn’t require any more firm-riding schports saloons– ‘comfort’ is the brand-new ‘Nürburgring lap time’ if you want to remain rational in the twenty-twenties. Right here is where the 9 begins to find its specific niche. Because it’s the least flashy public house automobile cash can get, it will have a rare-groove appeal for anybody disappointed with modern fascinations over alloy wheel size and also fragile damping uber alles.

Currently the designers have ended up a squishy, respectful hybrid barroom, it’s mosting likely to be up to the marketing and advertising types to in fact encourage you it’s high time– for the initial instance in a generation– to drop 40 grand-plus io a huge French vehicle, not a Lexus ES or a Volvo S90.

DS top brass yield this flagship– regardless of flaunting all the technology you obtain from the Germans, all the area, and remarkable refinement– will not make a pinprick in Audi or Mercedes’s earnings margins, not to mention a dent. Yet if you have actually attempted all the typical suspects, as well as you want an adjustment from the standard, this is one of the most persuading product from DS yet.