DS 5 Review 2023 | Top Gear
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The DS 5 is outlandish yet also possesses the ability to back it all up

Good stuff

Sumptuous design touches, rarity, reasonably tolerable ride at last

Bad stuff

Rattly engines, not the most user-friendly cabin


What is it?

Curiously, a facelifted car assuming flagship status for an all-new brand. Stay with us – basically, Citroen’s posh DS range has jumped mothership and become its own standalone entity, like, say, Toyota begetting Lexus. The two are still related – sharing engines, platforms and interior underpinnings, but everything you touch is supposed to have a bespoke, more expensive feel. There’s also not a single Citroen badge to be found on the car, which is how you’ll tell it apart from the old Citroen DS5. Still with us? Good, because in a few crucial respects the DS-space-5 is a much better car than the Citroen DS5 we wanted to like so much when it burst onto the scene in 2011.

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What's the verdict?

An extraordinary piece of design marred by sub-par mechanicals.

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