Too cool for school? We test drive the latest Citroen DS5

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You wouldn’t buy a DS 5 for its gripping performance and dynamic drive. This roomy five-door doesn’t cut it as a driver’s car but wins hands down for head turning looks and a certain retro Gallic style.

Compared to rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class, the DS is very pretty indeed. It’s the least exciting of the trio to drive but the trade off is you will enjoy seeing it parked on the driveway day after day after day.

Citroen facelifted the DS 5 back in the summer, with new headlight clusters and that big DS badge in the middle of the grille.

There are now just two trim levels, Elegance and Prestige, plus a range of diesel and petrol engines, including a diesel-electric hybrid too.

Our mid-range 150 HDi comes between the entry level 120 and the 180bhp versions. None of them are quick but in return it’s blessed with amazing economy and low emissions.

Unconventional and slightly oddball, the DS 5 will give us plenty to ponder over in the week ahead…

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