Five-star Citroen DS4 aces crash test

Citroen’s second DS Line car, the DS4 hatchback, was awarded all five stars after four different areas were tested.

The Citroen DS4 was praised for its performance in the adult occupant test, which features head-on collisions and side-on pole crashes to test the structure of the car.

However, the car really excelled in the safety assist category, where a host of safety features allowed it to achieve a near-perfect score of 97 per cent.

The Citroen DS4 uses electronic stability control as standard along with a seatbelt reminder system and a driver-set speed limitation device.

The car also features Citroen Localized Emergency Call, a system which allows the driver to call the emergency services in case of an accident. The technology, also included in Peugeot cars, was awarded the prestigious EuroNCAP Advanced award earlier in the year.

It follows the Citroen DS3 supermini in achieving the top safety score in the tests, which cover most new cars in Europe.

The car has been designed by Citroen to challenge more upmarket hatchbacks with a stylish new exterior and more equipment than the similar-size C4.

Based on the High Rider concept, the DS4 has a raised ride height and low, coupe-like roofline. Despite the dipping silhouette, the car is larger than the C4 and boasts extra boot space (370 litres).

Other features include a panoramic windscreen, a choice of five leather interiors, chrome highlights throughout and alloy wheels to give the car a more luxury feel than current volume hatchbacks.

Fitted with a choice of 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre diesel engine or a selection of three petrol engines, the Citroen DS4 costs from £18,500 for entry-level models.

Available in DSign, DStyle and range-topping DSport, the Citroen DS4 is expected to arrive in the UK in summer 2011, where it will line up against the likes of the Mini Countryman.