Citroen are late comers to the hybrid market, with the DS5 DSport Hybrid4 Airdream. Other hybrid cars on the market are petrol/electric combinations such as the Toyota and Honda, but combining a clean diesel with electric propulsion has achieved a fantastic CO2 emission of 88g/km, reducing the tax for any company car driver and a combined with fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg.
Influencing factors when faced with the company car or cash question will often extend to more than what do I fancy? what am I familiar with and more often now, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Citroen are targeting at least 10% of all DS5 sales for the hybrid, with only 10% car tax payable for year 13-14 and escaping the 3 % diesel supplement, you can follow their line of thinking.
But although a gentle drinker, DS5 sports 163 bhp and 300nm torque , with an additional 37bhp from the electric motor, which by the way drives the rear wheels, always handy in Winter. In fact, it’s possible to select 4wd when icy.
Another option is electric only, which is really a nod to certain European cities that are proposing electric only cars.
The hybrid loses some boot space over its not hybrid brothers, but the boot starts large so is not a big issue. It drives really well, and as you would expect it goes really well as well. It has standard kit including air-conditioning, multi-function wheel and alloys, along with cruise control.