French president chooses Citroen DS5

The new Citroen DS5, the upmarket large family car with dramatic styling and a diesel-hybrid engine delivering just 99g/km of CO2 emissions, is the first of its kind to be used in an official capacity by the French president.

It is a glowing reference for the ride, handling and interior of the car, which Citroen has aimed as a stylish executive model.

The main talking point will be the car’s powertrain, which uses a diesel engine and an electric motor as opposed to the usual petrol-hybrid electric car setups seen on European roads.

The result of the engine choice is road tax-free levels of CO2 emissions in the UK and 74.3mpg on the combined cycle.

Entry-level models include cruise control, air conditioning with dual-zone temperature setting, front fog lights, Bluetooth and leather steering wheel with chrome highlights.

Higher specification models are more likely to be used by Hollande and add extras such as leather seats, colour displays, massage function for the driver and satellite navigation.

Hollande’s car is also expected to have some unique upgrades such as bullet-proofing and run-flat tyres in the case of an emergency.

French presidents have traditionally used Citroen cars as their official car and the choice of the DS5 is continuing tradition.

The departing Nikolas Sarkozy used a Citroen C6 as his official car but was often seen in a Renault Vel Satis during his tenure as president.

UK prime minister David Cameron uses a kitted-out Jaguar XJ luxury saloon as his car of choice, while American president Barack Obama travels in a Cadillac One nicknamed ‘The Beast’ because of its size and safety and protection technology.

The Citroen DS5 is available to UK buyers at Citroen dealerships now. New Citroen DS5 prices start from £22,400.