First time DS4 “owner” (company lease car).
Background - 42 years old Male, living in the countryside of the Swedish capital Stockholm.
Always loved driving and loved being in cars, my earliest memories is from when car travelling with my family
I’ve been working as a delivery guy (own company), drove taxi for a while, worked as a field technician etc. Always been working from a car until a few years ago when I started working at the company office.
Been driving roughly between 4-100000km a year for the last 22 years in everything from Mercedes, Volvo, VAG, family cars, vans etc. But never owned or driven a french car for a longer period of time.
I’ve never really liked the feeling or looks of them.
I’m coming from a Volvo V60CC 2020, before that a Skoda Superb L&K 4x4 DSG6, and before that and still our private car a XC70 D4 MY15 (the old glorious straight 5).
Upon the end of my current lease I looked at SOOO many different cars, from Kia EV6 to Tesla, BMW, Mercs and everything in between.
To be totally honest, none of these cars had (for me) the combined quality’s that are important to me!
First criteria is a silent cabin - even the new Mercs are quite loud in the cabin, Audi A6 was really quiet. The Kias (also tried Sportage) was really loud.
Second criteria - A comfortable seat, I’m yet to find a car with as comfortable seats as the Volvos (The Superb i had for three years was one of the worst).
Third Criteria - A plush ride while still keeping control of the wheels, none of the cars that I rode had a plush ride, everything is about trying to be sporty.
Fourth criteria - A decent stereo, I’m not looking for a stereo that makes the neighborhood wake up at night, I’m looking for a more natural sound, closest reference is the sound that Sennheiser produces in their headphones, a little emphasis of the bass, airy mids and highs and some midbass. All systems I’ve listened to (Kias was worst closely followed by Skoda Canton), either has only bass and treble or sounds flat and lacking dynamics. I’m the person that rather listen to Volvos High Performance than the H/K system because the H/K sounds so overly processed.
Other criterias - Towing weight+1500kg, ventilated leather, Android auto, electric seats, heating of the cabin, heated steering wheel and last but not least - my two dogs (Golden retriever and French bulldog) must fit in the luggage.
Almost giving up I took a test drive in the C5X and found that I actually liked that car a lot! But - talking to the sales guy and finding out that he had no clue whatsoever of what he was selling made me walk out the door. Existing the building a remembered seeing a DS dealership close by where I was.
Jumped into my trusty V60CC and headed to the dealership.
Walked into the dealership and laid my eyes on the DS4 - I was hooked! Took me a while to take the whole thing in, I really liked the esthetics of the car, sat in the driver’s seat and found it to be really comfortable. Talked to the sales guy (he was only a temp and sells delivery vans on a daily basis), he didnt know much but he wasn’t afraid of letting me know about his shortcomings, he also offered me to get back to me as soon he had collected all the requested information - really good customer service!
Took the demo they had for a spin - 2023 DS4 E-tense Executive. First thing that caught me was the way it handled the road, nice and soft without being an old American car. Second was how quiet the cabin was, third the steering, not at all as artificial as in many other cars. Then I connected my phone and tried the stereo (Focal), I couldn’t believe my ears, it sounded really really good! While travelling on the freeway, listening to some old high quality recordings I found the massage function What a great feature, especially compared to VAGs rolling lumbar support!
This car really ticked all the boxes for me, even the head up display was really nice and easy to get used to. But could it be better!? What about the DS active suspension, would it make the ride even better? Actually I still don’t know if it makes a difference, but within a short period of time I’ll know
Arranged a two day loan of the demo car so that my wife could approve to my new love, also to see if the dogs would fit. I got an approval and my dogs did fit even if they looked a little bit cramped compared to the V60CC.
Next day I placed an order for a DS4 E-tense Executive with the addition of the active suspension.
Delivery will take place (hopefully) in the beginning of December.
I don’t know if we have the same specs all over Europe? I see a lot of Tivoli, Tivoli and other weird specs, in Sweden we only had standard and executive, I think opera also exist now, it didn’t when I place the order.
Anyway - Executive contains amongst other things - Heated and ventilated electric seats with massage, HUD, Navigation, HiFi (focal stereo), ambient lighting in the cabin, heated steering wheel, DS drive assist something, Adaptive cruise, towbar, two tone paint, Black roof and in my case some white pearl something paint.
I really hope that this car will be everything that I’ve looked for, also hope that the quality is on par with my Volvo = no major faults over 130 000km.
That was my presentation