2022 DS 4 Review

5/5

Overview

The DS 4 is the latest edition to the range of the French car manufacturer. Chief rivals are sure to include the likes of the Audi A3 hatchback, plus the lower-slung crossovers like the Lexus UX, BMW X2 and Mercedes GLA. In an attempt to cover both hatch and crossoveresque bases, it comes in two style options. The straight DS 4 and the DS 4 Cross.

Pros
  • Typical DS practicality and innovation
  • Fuel efficient engine range
  • Innovative styling
  • Plenty of interior boot space
Cons
  • Long wait for its release!

Exterior

As with the DS 3 and DS 7, the 4's designers didn't try any too hard to restrain themselves. This is a car of busy detail and texture. But to our eyes it's a lot more handsome than the 7, because the 4's surfaces are tauter and the proportions improved. The improved proportions are a benefit of a heavily titivated version of the Group's mid-to-large platform. This has larger wheels, better-contained front overhang and an altered bulkhead allowing the bonnet to be lower and flatter.

Interior

Much like the exterior, the DS 4 looks very posh inside. A digital display sits in place of traditional dials and gauges to give you key information and there’s a 10-inch infotainment display sitting in the centre of the dash. You get a head-up display that projects info on the windscreen for you, too. You get a new five-inch touchscreen in the centre console that can be used to control the DS 4’s main system and driving modes. The interior itself is laden in leather, with a rather eye-catching brown and white combination in the car shown here. You can even choose between a few different options, including ash brown wood and forged carbon, along with leather or suede-like Alcantara seat trim. In terms of practicality, the DS 4 has an impressive 430 litres of boot space. That’s a huge leap up from the old car’s 380 litres, which incidentally is the same figure the current BMW 1 Series offers.

Performance

New for the DS 4 is a plug-in hybrid engine, which combines a turbocharged 180hp petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 225hp. No word yet on a claimed fuel return, but you can expect it to be capable of 30 miles of electric driving only. There’s also conventional petrol options in 130 and 180hp outputs, along with a 130hp diesel engine. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Reliability

As the DS 4 is not slated for release until next year, we will have to wait and see what kind of reliability buyers can expect. However, previous DS models rated highly in customer satisfaction surveys.

Running Costs

New for the DS 4 is a plug-in hybrid engine, which combines a turbocharged 180hp petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 225hp. No word yet on a claimed fuel return, but you can expect it to be capable of 30 miles of electric driving only.

Handling

With the car slated for release next year, it will be another while before our testers get the chance to put it through its paces. Most of the DS range is grippy and taut and we expect the DS 4 to continue this tradition. 

Safety

The 2022 DS4 comes with a wide range of standard safety equipment and we expect it to score highly on Euro NCAP safety rating. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
90%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
80%
Safety
100%

The DS 4 is the latest edition to the range of the French car manufacturer. Chief rivals are sure to include the likes of the Audi A3 hatchback, plus the lower-slung crossovers like the Lexus UX, BMW X2 and Mercedes GLA. In an attempt to cover both hatch and crossoveresque bases, it comes in two style options. The straight DS 4 and the DS 4 Cross.