DS 4 review - Reliability and safety
Reliability should be good, although you’ll have to pay extra to access the full range of onboard active safety tech
The DS 4 received a four-star rating (out of five) from industry safety body Euro NCAP in 2022, although this was upgraded to five stars when tested with the Safety Pack Plus. DS includes standard features such as an emergency braking system, speed-limit recognition, lane-keep assist, a driver attention alert and cruise control, while the optional Drive Assist pack adds a level of semi-autonomous technology with adaptive cruise control and Lane Positioning Assist.
If you really want to extend the list of safety kit on your car, you can specify the DS Night Vision pack, which uses an infrared camera in the radiator grille to identify hazards up to 100 metres away, and includes tech such as a 360-degree camera and a Rear Cross Traffic Alert system.
DS didn’t appear in our 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, although sister brand Citroen was voted into 11th place on a list of 32 best car manufacturers. The DS 4 is still too new to have featured in any Driver Power feedback, but we’d expect reliability to be sound given that it shares a platform with the Citroen C5 X, Peugeot 308 and Vauxhall Astra.
The DS 4 comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty package, while the E-Tense plug-in hybrid version also has an eight-year/100,000-mile battery warranty (if the charging capacity of the battery falls below 70 per cent).
DS publishes fixed prices for servicing and MOTs on its models. Personalised monthly service plans are also available.
In this review
- 1DS 4 reviewDelivering supreme comfort, good practicality and a premium feel, the DS 4 hatchback is an interesting alternative to class-leading rivals
- 2Engines, performance and drivePetrol and diesel models are perfectly capable, but if you’re after more performance then you’ll want the DS 4 plug-in hybrid
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe DS 4 diesel model offers impressive fuel economy, but the PHEV will be more cost-effective for company car drivers
- 4Interior, design and technologyBuyers that are prioritising a high level of quality and onboard technology won’t be disappointed with the DS 4
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith a big boot and lots of useful practical touches, the DS 4 hatchback should fit well into family life
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingReliability should be good, although you’ll have to pay extra to access the full range of onboard active safety tech