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DS 4

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Published: 12 Oct 2021
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What should I be paying?

You can get into the DS 4 for £25,350, which is Bastille + trim and the three-cylinder engine. It's not stripped bare. But you probably want to go up £3,500 to get Trocadero trim, netting the SmartTouch interface, HUD, 19s, rear camera and a more advanced AEB system.

Another £3,500 puts you into the Rivoli, with pretty well all the fancy tech mentioned in this review: matrix headlamps, advanced driver assist.

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See what those Roquefort-eaters did with their trim naming? None of your L, GL and GLS for them. Yes, we know it's ridiculously confusing.

The range includes a DS 4 Cross. It looks like it's been pressing its nose against the window of Ellis Brigham. It's clad in fake skid plates and blackened lower bumpers, plus roof rails. But it's a bit of a cheek – there's no more clearance or capability than the regular version. And the suspension settings are just the same, although there's an option of all-weather tyres and multiple-surface traction control.

There's also a Performance Line. But just as the Cross has little extra crossing ability, the Performance Line has no more performance. These are basically style and trim packages.

Main options are the Active Scan chassis which comes with 20s so is a bargain at £1,000, and night vision.

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The PHEV powertrain is a thumping £5,000 over the 180 turbo. But if you're a 40 per cent taxpayer, you'll save nearly £400 a month versus the pure-petrol 225.

In sum, engine for engine, the DS 4 is cheaper than the German rivals, matches them for predicted residuals, and gets more equipment.

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