Citroën DS4 VTi 120 Style
Style. This car has style. In fact, she is a stunner. The DS4 just looks sooo good, inside and outside. It really looks like a million bucks in the metal. Pictures do not do it justice. It as if it has been sculpted out of metal.
It is a pity therefore that it does not quite deliver on its promise. Don’t get me wrong. It is a pleasant car to be in and to drive. It just is not the performance car it promises to be from outside.
I could not fault the interior, especially the dash and front seats. It is smart, functional, comfortable and exudes Gallic style. There are a few small niggles though, more of which later. The overall impression is one of quiet luxury.
The DS range has all sorts of tech aids. Blind spot monitoring, extra light when cornering, sound system which adjusts itself to the ambient noise and so on.
The exterior is stunning. There are very few cars more handsome than the DS4. She is attractive from any angle.
The three quarter view is near perfect.
The VTi 120i, the model we dove, accelerates leisurely through the gears and from a stop. We assume that at altitude the performance would be a little lethargic to say the least. The turbo diesel model packs quite a punch though. If you live on the Highveld consider the diesel or the 2.0 petrol models.
This car is very good, but not perfect.
The rear windows cannot open and legroom is limited. Space at the back seat is a little cramped. It needs to be thought of as a big two seater with a huge parcel shelf rather than a four seater.
A big problem in summer is the metal bits on the steering wheel and gear knob. They get very hot, making it awkward to change gear or even steer.
Speaking of heat. The air-conditioner does cool the car down eventually but is not a very powerful unit. It blows cool rather than cold.
Retail price as tested is R340 900. The Sport pack adds R15 000.
The top model is the automatic diesel HDi 160 Sport at R383 900. The best buy is probably the THP 200 Sport at R370 900.
The 5 year or 100 000km maintenance top-up plan is R24 500.
The warranty is for 3 years or 100 000km and a service plan for 5 years or 100 000km is included.