Citroen has a history of making technologically advanced machinery, and the Citroen DS5 Hybrid is befitting of that fine heritage – it’s the world’s first diesel-electric production car. However, there’s more to the DS5 than a hybrid powertrain, with praise being given to the luxurious quality of the cabin and the daring exterior styling. See allso ( 2015 Citroen DS5 hatchback advantages )
2015 DS5 Hybrid engine Specsification
Being a hybrid, the efficiency is the main highlight. Citroen claims up to 74 mpg is possible, and the 99g/km of CO2 means it doesn’t cost a penny to tax. However, this is only on the 17 inch wheel option – spec it with the 19s, and suddenly its “only” 68 mpg and 107g/km (£20 a year tax). You also have the ability to run purely on electric power at speeds up to 30 mph for short distances
Overall, the powertrain works well in most situations, with the 163hp 2.0 diesel and electric motor generating a combined 200bhp in the all-wheel drive ‘Sport’ mode. However, there are a few problems with the DS5 Hybrid – it’s not the most comfortable car in its class, the electric motor and battery packs reduce the boot space from 468 to 325 litres and many testers weren’t fond of the sluggish automatic gearbox. One critic also thought that the diesel was a tad on the noisy side at higher revs
Perhaps the biggest hurdle to overcome is the asking price – it may be one of the most luxurious and technologically sophisticated cars in the class, but it’s incredibly expensive for a car that’s not much larger than a Ford Mondeo!
Despite it being a very clever bit of kit, and one of the coolest hybrids ever made, it’s hard to recommend when other DS5s are substantially cheaper