DS 4 2021: the premium crossover with an SUV Coup look? | Preview

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But you think it's; a crossover or a SUV Coup & egrave; ? There is who says that for shapes and volumes it is; certainly a crossover, there & # 39; & egrave; who instead looks at the height from the ground and the sports tail, and then exclaims “ SUV Coup ''! ''. From the parent company they let it be known that there is no doubt, & egrave; precisely an SUV with a sporty look, and not only for its tail. Yet to me it seems more & ugrave; a crossover . What a mess. Well the right answer is; that, in the end, we spent some time with the new DS 4 and now I'll tell you about it.

  • AESTHETICS AND DESIGN
  • INTERIORS AND TECHNOLOGY
  • INFOTAINMENT
  • HABITABILITY & Aacute; AND TRUNK
  • ENGINE RANGE
  • ROAD TEST WITH CONSUMPTION
  • PRICES AND EQUIPMENT
  • DRIVING AID
  • DATA SHEET


AESTHETICS AND DESIGN < p> There are straight lines and clear shapes , there is no; what to say. The aesthetic takes up, in my opinion, the elaborate design that we find inside the rear optical group, almost 3D, faceted. Here, then, is that the car body is; characterized by different ribs that make it more & ugrave; & quot; drawn & quot ;.

The side proudly shows large diameter circles (up to 20 & quot;) while the grille & egrave; topped by a beefy hood. The face shows pointed headlights with three luminous cores inside it while the radiator grille has the same 3D motif, mentioned above. Tail? & Egrave; composed of the roof that merges into a rear spoiler and the rear window , with the shoulders that widen underneath and give a feeling of emphasized presence on the road.

< p>Under the chapter of measures, the new DS 4 brings with it a length of 4.40 meters, a width of 1.83 meters and a height of 1.47 meters.


INTERIORS AND COCKPIT

If the aesthetics are elaborate, we can then define the internal design as refined but, above all, minimal . There is a feeling of spaciousness; donated by the & quot; circular & quot; drawing of the dashboard, whose design blends into the doors. To report the excellent quality; constructive as the good choice for materials: many soft-touch upholstery and in the dashboard and center console there & # 39; & egrave; fabric or Alcantara-like.

It is necessary to point out the presence of a wireless charging base , a 12V socket and, for the front passengers, a USB-C socket to connect our smartphone with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto . The new ventilation system with the central vents hidden behind the physical buttons to control the climate is delightful.

The vents are certainly not invisible, but they are well hidden a little further; under. Air management is directed by deflectors placed inside the central dashboard. There is also an air-cleaning system for the passenger compartment, anti-particles.


TECHNOLOGY AND INFOTAINMENT

Excellent technological equipment inside the car with the classic duo; digital instrument cluster and customizable in the menus, with the infotainment system that keeps its heart inside a 10 & quot; touchscreen. The latter has an extremely pleasant touch and responsive to the touch and presents the classic menus and functions including navigator, DAB radio, menus for climate and seat heating and cooling. But it is not; that's all.

An additional 5 display & quot; also peeps out.(DS Smart Touch) which allows you to interact with the infotainment (DS Iris System) through gestures. & Eacute; placed on the center console, in a more position; convenient and also allows you to set shortcuts using the touch in order to connect to very specific functions , such as calling a desired number without going through the Phone menu, just for do an example. The small display system was still in beta and to test its actual functionality; need & agrave; wait for the final release.

C & # 39; & egrave; also the head up display (DS Extended Head-up Display) revised and improved. This allows us to actually see augmented, many of the vital and travel information directly on the road, simulating a projection four meters away from us and on a diagonal of 21 & quot ;.


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HABITABILITY? AND LUGGAGE

Our rear guests will have room for legs, shoulders and head, despite the descending roof . During long journeys, our friends can take advantage of two air vents, adjustable and manageable in the flows, as well as; two USB-C sockets .

The luggage is; large enough: 390 liters of standard capacity (with the rear bench seat placed in its correct configuration) for the Plug-In hybrid; 430 liters for the thermal versions. There is to report a rather sunken loading surface but with the presence of rings, a 12V socket and the courtesy light.


ENGINES

The new DS 4 is based on the EMP2 platform ; revised, improved and lightened to accommodate the new electrified engines. DS 4 presents itself to the public with a & # 39; wide range of engines including the 1.2 PureTech 130 petrol, the 1.2 PureTech 180 and, in addition, the 1.5 BlueHDi 130 diesel version, all with < strong> automatic series change .

For now, a 100% electric version is missing, but this one will arrive; subsequently. For my preview test I chose the 225 HP Plug-in hybrid electrified propulsion. & Eacute; composed of a 4-cylinder 1.6 turbo petrol engine with 180 HP coupled to a 110 HP electric motor.

The battery ? From 12.4 kWh and guarantees us about 55 km of autonomy. I'll tell you right away that to recharge the small battery it will take about 7/8 hours from the domestic socket while with the fast public column it will take 15/20 minutes.


ROAD TEST

With the help of active and intelligent suspension (optional) the DS4 has been shown not to suffer from side lying or rolling of any kind. Of course, she prefers driving comfort and manages well to digest any roughness; of the road surface. Appreciated & egrave; the possibility to change a little the DNA of this SUV Coup & egrave; (or was it a crossover?) by acting on the driving selector , placed in the center console and which allows us to choose between some preset mappings.

These are the Sport and the Comfort , which allow us to emphasize or to tame the responses that come from the steering and the gas pedal, not to mention the set up which, through the electronically controlled suspensions, can be done more; rigid. Or you can & ograve; opt for the Hybrid or Electric mapping. In the first it will be; the engine to decide when and how to use the electricity produced by the unit of 110 HP, while with the Electric we can force the system to make us march only with the push of the electron.

It should be noted that the EAT8 automatic gearbox is & egrave; behaved very well during urban driving, helping to favor driving pleasure while I found the steering wheel to be communicative but not immediate. It is the right companion for a DS 4 that promotes calm driving.


CONSUMPTION

In about 100 kilometers spent in his company, the on-board computer reported consumption that fluctuated between 6-6.5 liters per 100 kilometers . I have adopted a quiet and urban driving, even going through a bit of ring road. Without skimping on some sporadic acceleration to test the electron support as soon as the traffic lights clicked on the green.


HELP DRIVING

DS 4 receives help semi-autonomous level 2 implementing an advanced cruise control with re-start function in case of stationary traffic. There is also the semi-automatic overtaking function, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic warning, DS Night Vision (thanks to the infrared camera that detects pedestrians and animals up to 200 meters, viewable in the instrument panel) and the DS Active Scan Suspension damping system which, by means of a camera, visualizes and anticipates irregularities; of the road surface making, if necessary, more suspensions or less hard.


PRICES AND EQUIPMENT

The price list starts at 30,250 euros for the DS 4 in the Business version, with PureTech 130 petrol engine and automatic transmission. For the launch & egrave; a special price is foreseen for the DS 4, in Business set-up and BlueHDi 130 engine, with automatic transmission at 29,500 euros; installments starting from 199 euros per month. The version I tested, so the E-Tense Plug-In Hybrid starts at € 40,750 .

The orders are already there; open, with the first deliveries scheduled for 2022, except for further logistical and production complications that are characterizing this period of the Automotive market. The set-ups? It starts from the most elegant Business, Trocadero and Rivoli, to the sporty Performance Line and Performance Line.


DATA SHEET

  • Engines: petrol, Diesel or Plug-in hybrid. Coming soon 100% electric
  • Power: 130 to 225 HP
  • Drive: front
  • Dimensions: 4.40 x 1.83 x 1.47 m
  • Luggage compartment: from 390 to 1,240 liters
  • Prices from 30,250 euros
  • Battery: 12.4 kWh
  • Battery recharge: approximately 7 hours with domestic recharge, 15/20 minutes via column
  • Consumption recorded: 6.0 liters/100 km


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