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by David Zalstein

The diesel-powered Citroen DS5 DSport HDi has been added to the local crossover wagon line-up, giving buyers an alternative to the existing petrol variant.

Priced from $51,990 and powered by a 120kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, the Citroen DS5 DSport HDi joins the $48,990 DS5 petrol with its 115kW/240Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, which has been on sale in Australia since September 2012.

Despite employing the same six-speed automatic transmission and weighing 90kg more than its petrol sibling, the Citroen DS5 DSport HDi wins the efficiency battle returning a claimed 6.1 litres per 100km and 158 grams of CO2 per kilometre compared with the petrol’s 7.3L/100km and 169g/km figures.

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Measuring 4530mm long, 1871mm wide, 1504mm tall and riding on a 2727mm wheelbase – 10mm shorter, 31mm wider and 206mm lower than a Mazda CX-5 – the Citroen DS5 provides 465 litres of boot space, expandable to 1021 litres with the rear seats folded forward.

A panoramic windscreen, front and rear parking sensors, electric folding side mirrors, gloss black rear spoiler, chrome side strips, twin chrome exhausts and 18-inch alloy wheels join automatic directional xenon headlights with auto high beam, front foglights with cornering function, LED daytime running lights and rain-sensing wipers.

Inside, the Citroen DS5 features push-button start; leather-wrapped steering wheel with alloy inserts; colour heads-up display with speed, cruise control and satellite navigation information; rear-view camera; dual-zone climate control; and a six-speaker audio system with AUX/USB inputs and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming. Eight-way power adjustable and heated front sports seats also include a massage and memory function for the driver.

The Citroen DS5 DSport HDi is available now, sitting above the DS3 city car and high-riding DS4 hatch, and should help boost the DS5’s sales figures beyond the 22 units sold so far this year.