Which version of the new DS 4 to choose?

Which version of the new DS 4 to choose?


In its own style, the DS 4 stands out from other compacts, which are often rounder and more compact than it. But if it’s unlike any other, it bends to the range game like its competitors, starting with the high-powered engine version.

Which engine to choose?

PureTech 130

If it is enough in urban areas and at highway speeds, the small 3 cylinder obviously does not perform miracles once the aids are more noticeable. Its performance remains very casual and unnecessary not less than 11 s to go from 0 to 100 km / h. The same examination of times, and 80 – 120 km / h done in 8 s. Something to think twice about when overtaking and for entering fast lanes. The reason for these mixed results? The French Convention still condemns 1,450 kg per measure which is nothing for a turbo 1.2. Compensating for the small block that must pull some weight, handling is not as good with the PureTech 130. Finally, and this is important given the premium nature claimed by the DS, this small entry-level engine doesn’t quite fit the car’s imagewho would like to eat a Mercedes A-Class for breakfast.

PureTech 180

Still available in the DS 7 Crossback and the Peugeot 5008, this mid-range 4 cylinder is combined, like all engines offered on the DS 4, with an EAT8 automatic gearbox. Generally not very showy, however well-sized for the French who therefore benefit from good performance (0 to 100 km/h measured in 8.9 seconds). There is no need to beat it and make it in turns, 250 Nm of torque is available from 1,650 rpm, especially since revving is neither exciting nor pleasant to the ear. So 180 hp is the right choice for almost all driving conditions, but it is only available from the Trocadéro end. and claims €3,000 more than 130 hp.

PureTech 225

We take the same and start again … The PureTech 225 is just an upgraded version of the 180, priced €2,600 more. In addition to its 45 additional tanks, the torque goes up to 300 Nm. But it is not enough to make it a war thunder, especially since performance is closer (4.5 vs. 5.4 seconds in recovery at 80-120 km/h). So it is aimed at those who want a big engine at all costs, but its extra power in a direct line is not taken in turns. DS 4 however is a car that does not like to be rushed and that makes comfort its hobby.

Even with 225 hp, it is better not to rush the DS 4.© F. Camuzat

BlueHDi 130

130 hp maybe, but the only diesel in the list also has 300 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. Also this 4-1.5 cylinder is less efficient than PureTech 180 and 225, but it feels more nimble than the 130hp petrol in traffic, although its performance is actually worse. Question approval, it’s all right since the diesel also allows you to qualify for a quiet 8-speed automatic with a low-speed vibration generator. But we do not perform miracles, the acceleration of reality ends Disappointing sound balance, due to poor sound insulation of the engine.

E-Tense 225

The Stellantis group insists, DS 4 could not do without at least one rechargeable hybrid version. In this case, it is 225 hp, which combines gasoline 1.6 PureTech and electric motor. If 44 kilometers away from the city it will allow you to drive without noise for short daily trips (but only 40 km on the road and 32 km on the road), however it will be necessary to handle high fuel consumption, more than 225 hp fuel version for low performance! Not pleasant to live with, the problem with the DS 4 hybrid is that the competition is tough, especially on the Mercedes side where the Class A 250 e allows itself to go up to 65 kilometers of autonomy in the city. The Audi A3 40 TFSI e also performs better with 52 km in electric mode, and its average fuel consumption is very low: 6.4 l/100 km.

Our DS 4 engine specs:

Measurements PureTech 130 PureTech 180 PureTech 225 BlueHDi 130 E-Tense 225
MeasurementsLoss. city PureTech 1308.2l/100km PureTech 1808.7L/100km PureTech 2258.7L/100km BlueHDi 1305.8l/100km E-Tense 2258.2l/100km
MeasurementsLoss. road PureTech 1307.5l/100km PureTech 1808.1l/100km PureTech 2258.0l/100km BlueHDi 1305.9l/100km E-Tense 2258.5l/100km
MeasurementsLoss. highway PureTech 1307.9l/100km PureTech 1808.4l/100km PureTech 2258.8l/100km BlueHDi 1306.4L/100km E-Tense 2259.0l/100km
MeasurementsLoss. meaning PureTech 1307.9l/100km PureTech 1808.4l/100km PureTech 2258.4l/100km BlueHDi 1306.0l/100km E-Tense 2258.5l/100km
Measurements0 to 100 km/h PureTech 13011.1s PureTech 1808.9s PureTech 2258.1s BlueHDi 13011.4s E-Tense 2259.0s
MeasurementsRecovery 80 – 120 km/h PureTech 1307.7s PureTech 1805.4s PureTech 2254.5 sec BlueHDi 130Sec 8.4 E-Tense 2255.0 sec

Which version to choose?

There is three compact versions: DS 4, Performance Line and Cross. The Performance Line is further distinguished by the gloss black painted exterior (grille, door frames, bar between the lights, etc.) as well as the Alcantara-trimmed interior. But don’t believe there are any mechanical changes to back up its name, as we get the same chassis and engine setup as in the other versions. In addition, even the smaller PureTech 130 is compatible with this version.

In turn, The DS 4 Cross sports a false impression as well as an exterior package that includes different components, black plastic rocker panels, front and rear bumper protectors and roof rails. There are also Cross emblems under the front fenders. But once again it is only a question of observation, since the chassis remains the same and the ground clearance does not occur, if only by one centimeter.

DS 4 Cross depends on its appearance.
DS 4 Cross depends on its appearance.© DS

What finish to choose?

If the Performance Line version has its end, the “classic” DS 4 has 4 equipment levels called Bastille, Bastille +, Trocadero and Rivoli. In turn, the Cross occupies the two highest levels, the Trocadero and the Rivoli.

Here are the main materials for finishing:

Bastille, from €30,100:

  • LED optics
  • 17-inch steel rims with hubcaps
  • Ambient light
  • Speed ​​controller
  • Lane departure warning and signal recognition
  • Automatic air conditioning. bison
  • 10 inch multimedia system with 6 HP
  • 7 inch digital counters

Only engine available: PureTech 130

Bastille + (+ €1,000) plus:

  • rims 17 inches
  • Rear parking assist

Available engines: PureTech 130, blueHDi 130, E-Tense 225

Trocadero (+ €5,200) and more:

  • 19 inch rims
  • DS Iris system
  • Highlight the Show
  • It pulls back the camera
  • Suspension of DS Active Scan on certain engines
  • Automatic emergency brake

Available engines: PureTech 130, PureTech 180, BlueHDi 130, E-Tense 225

Rivoli (+ €3,500) including:

  • Tinted rear window
  • Matrix LED lights
  • Advanced safety package (camera controlled emergency brake)
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • DS Drive Assist semi-autonomous driving by adapting to speed on curves and bends

Engines available: PureTech 130, PureTech 180, PureTech 225, BlueHDi 130, E-Tense 225

Performance Line (+ €3,700 compared to Bastille) including:

  • It pulls back the camera
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • 19 inch rims

Available engines: PureTech 130, PureTech 180, BlueHDi 130, E-Tense 225

Performance Line + (+ €4,200) plus:

  • Header display
  • DS Iris system
  • Matrix LED lights
  • Advanced safety package (camera controlled emergency brake)
  • Adaptive Control until the stop is complete

Engines available: PureTech 130, PureTech 180, PureTech 225, BlueHDi 130, E-Tense 225

Finishing Bastille is about all intended to give a floor price, like we recommend leaving it aside for Bastille +, equipped with the best equipment at little additional cost. In addition, it offers a large selection of engines. If your budget allows, the Trocadero end is the most balanced, offering the equipment expected of a high-end compact without exaggeration. The Rivoli is reserved for those who want absolutely everything that the DS offers on the list.

Finally,he Performance Line Edition is interesting because its additional cost is good compared to the Bastille + version while offering good upholstery and a rear camera. The Performance Line + on the other hand is more expensive but not necessarily advantageous in terms of equipment compared to Trocadero’s “classic” DS 4 end.

The DS 4 is well finished, but you should aim for higher finishes with a cabin trimmed in leather or Alcantara.
The DS 4 is well finished, but you should aim for higher finishes with a cabin trimmed in leather or Alcantara.© F. Camuzat

Which version comes with which tournament?

Nothing is confirmed yet, though it could be that DS 4 is also entitled to a 100% electric version. Based on the same system as the latest Peugeot 308, which we already know will get a battery version, it would be surprising if the DS was denied this alternative.

As for the competition of the DS 4, it should be sought on the side of the three Germans Audi A3 – BMW Series 1 – Mercedes Class A.. It’s more powerful to drive than the French but not better, at least they have the equipment technologically speaking, while offering a wider engine range. They also have all three sports versions ranging from 265 to 421 hp, most of which are drawn with all-wheel drive, while the DS 4 is deprived.