Citroen DS5 vs the Ford Focus ST

As the Citroen DS5 has been the proverbial ‘top dog’ in terms of new family estate models, the new Ford Focus ST may be set to give it a run for its money.

Both of the new models offer similar style, luxury and family qualities, but each has their own perks that make them unique.

The DS5 is already on sale and has therefore got a head start in terms of sales, but the car market may be in for a surprise when the Focus ST goes on sale in September this year.

But how does the Ford Focus ST compare to the Citroen DS5?

Cost

The prices of both models are very similar. The Ford Focus ST starts from £23,095 and the Citroen DS5 starts from £22,400.

Style

Both models offer different types of body shapes. The Focus ST offers more of a ‘typical’ estate body style with an extended box-like hatchback shape.

The DS5 also offers an extended rear end, but instead of being box shaped the DS5’s roof curves right over its body from front to back.

In terms of actual style trends the DS5 offers a luxurious look with chrome highlights, bonnet contours and a highly sculptured front end. The Focus ST offers more of a sporty appeal with a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels and a custom orange/yellow ‘Tangerine Scream’ paint job.

Engines

The engines of the two models are probably the key difference between them, with the DS5 offering the frugal emissions perk and the Focus ST offering the power perk.

The DS5 comes with a wide range of engines, including the diesel Hybrid4 powertrain that emits emissions as low as 99g/km and returns up to 74.3mpg. It also produces a surprising 200bhp.

The Focus ST is available with just one engine from launch, which is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol producing 247bhp. However it emits CO2 emissions of 169g/km and returns up to 39.2mpg.

Cost efficiency is usually a key family quality with cars and with this being the case some may favour the DS5 and its Hybrid4 powertrain.

However, the Hybrid4 model starts from £27,600, but the entry level e-HDi 110 of the DS5 still offers impressively low C02 emissions of 114g/km.

Equipment levels

The Citroen DS5 comes with three trim levels: DSign, DStyle and DSport. The Ford Focus ST also comes with three trim levels: ST, ST-2 and ST-3.

Entry level features of the Citroen DS5 DSign include cruise control, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a leather steering wheel. The DS5 also comes with plenty of cubby holes and boot space of up to 465-litres. The entry level Ford Focus ST comes with air conditioning, keyless start, Bluetooth and a digital radio.

The top of the range Citroen DS5 DSport trim adds heated front seats, full leather upholstery and bi-xenon headlights. The top of the range Ford Focus ST-3 trim also adds these features.

Equipment for both entry level models is quite basic yet essential, so both models tick the key feature boxes when it comes to equipment.

As both of the top of the range trims add similar features it may come down to price, where the Focus ST would win by a nose with £25,495 compared to the DS5’s £28,000 price tag.

Verdict – Is it a family car?

Again it comes down to ‘what do you want the car for?’

If you are looking for a purely convenient family based car that is smart, spacious, well equipped and cheap to run, then the Citroen DS5 is the one to go for, more specifically the £22,400 Citroen DS5 DSign.

If you want a family car that offers a sporty driving experience, sporty exterior styling and sporty power, yet can double up as a large family estate – then go for the £23,095 Ford Focus ST.