Citroën DS5 THP 200 in the test

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Citroën DS5 THP 200 in the test
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Who am I - and if so, how many? This is the question asked by the C itroën DS5 with each of its 453 centimeters in length, each fold, each strip. In addition to the driving dynamics course and an extensive test drive, an intensive discussion can do no harm to get to grips with this individualist. He, the lively newcomer, welcomes you in the interior with a head nut of his roof gallery.

In addition to two glasses racks, this also houses the control buttons for the blinds for the three fixed glass roofs, the ambient lighting and the head-up display whose activation arouses cockpit associations. For example, when the small Plexiglas buzzes from its accommodation, shows speed, navigation instructions and cruise control information - somehow like a fighter jet. You see, the Citroën DS5 gives them wings Fantasy - which can't hurt in view of its extraordinary concept.

Citroën DS5 more Sportback than Van

Which brings us to the potential opponents. Who are you? Vans? Hardly, there is a lack of Citroën DS5 of variability and space. More like the Sportbacks, the DS5 can play along. Between the high loading sill and the tailgate, which opens wide into the roof, there is a maximum volume of between 468 and 1,288 liters. Set up the rear seats, lay the backrests flat, done. The seat belt buckles stay in place, which saves fiddling.

Curious: One of the world's smallest rear window wipers brushes over the lower of the two windows, separated by a spoiler. But anyone who opts for a Citroën DS5 should consider good all-round visibility to be overrated anyway. At the front, the split A-pillars conceal exactly the area where pedestrians, cyclists or static obstacles like to be - especially in city traffic. It can get dark to the side because of the combination of sweeping headrests and wide B-pillars, and to the rear - oh, that doesn't matter anymore.

Remarkable, as the Citroën DS5 remains despite its eleven individual windows fail to convey an airy spatial impression. In this way, the driver's upper body stays constantly in the hustle and bustle of trafficMove. Nothing for stiff necks, especially since Citroën does without a blind spot warner. Instead, there is the well-known lane departure warning system with seat vibration alarm in a package with high beam assistant for 590 euros.

Citroën DS5 THP 200 with exemplary full equipment

Speaking of euros: if you buy your Citroën DS5 THP 200 - as decent equipped base for 33,680 euros - crowned with the top SportChic equipment, you can basically forget about the option list. Even fine items such as parking aid at the front and reversing camera at the rear, leather upholstery, driver's seat with massage function and memory, keyless entry, bixenon with cornering light or navigation are included. Without it being a sham. The light is bright, its swivel swivel, the navigation display finely resolved, the seats comfortable, the massage soothing, the leather on the seats and steering wheel more grippy.

The appearance and workmanship in the Citroën DS5 THP 200 are convincing anyway In the rear and on the trunk lid, the attention to detail is a little less. The rear view camera could also give a better picture. She is in company with the instruments. Modern and informative, but difficult to read at a glance because of the playful combination of speedometer with analog pointer, rev counter with encircling digital bar and fiddly bar graph for tank content and coolant temperature. Minimalists should appreciate the black panel button, which hides all displays except for the speedometer.

The chassis of the Citroën DS5 THP 200 could also use such a hide button. It works without adaptive technology, but with a surprisingly tight set-up that passes every bump directly on to the occupants. The Citroën DS5 rumbles stiff-legged through city traffic, rumbles loudly over manhole covers and even gives manicured routes a torture character. With a higher speed and a higher load it gets better, but it still doesn't reach a satisfactory level.

Engine oh, chassis no!

Misunderstood sportiness? If so, it remains pointless - the handling of the 1.5-tonner (60 percent of which is on the front axle) will not lure a sports driver out from behind the competitor's steering wheel. The Citroën DS5 curves with little wobble and, apart from pronounced load change reactions, without any problems over the slope and brakes steadily, but remains without any real dynamic temptation. It understeers in tight bends and is braked by the skillfully tuned ESP, while the 200 hp and 275 Newton meters of the 1.6-liter turbo engine push the front wheels to their limits when accelerating out. If it now goes over bumpy surfaces, the too smooth, pointedly appealing electrohydraulic steering becomes bumpy. On the autobahn, it conveys only vague precision around the central position, but on the country road it lacks concrete feedback when turning - not bad, but anything butsporty.

The engine of the Citroën DS5 THP 200, which is motivated to push after a small turbo lag, and whose - artificially pepped up - humming sound in connection with the crisp, short-geared six-speed gearbox, makes you want more when scraping corners. He's also happy to take a trip, where he always shows presence due to the otherwise successful noise insulation. Despite the fact that no overdrive or start-stop system is used, consumption remains within limits at an average of 10.2 L /100 km (ams consumption lap 7.1 liters) - in contrast to the car itself, which is somehow out of the ordinary. To answer the initial question: It is a lot, but nothing right.

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