It’s been a bit of a tough month for the DS 5, although not all issues have been the fault of the car. In fact one issue was very much my fault; those glorious 19-inch wheels are very much keen magnets and, after six months of steadfastly avoiding anything more than an inch high, I irritatingly caught a kerb with the left front wheel.
There’s also a new scratch on the leading edge of the bonnet. Most would put it down as wear and tear, but I’m a bit more precious than that, so it bugs me more than it should. The cause? They’re building a new A14 dual-carriageway around where I live ñ almost literally, it looks likely it’s appearing in every direction ñ and that means there are countless trucks dropping muck, stones and debris around the local roads. I saw the stone that was to blame approaching, but there’s little that can be done to avoid a 60mph chunk of tarmac.
The one failing I can pin on the DS has highlighted a build quality issue. The driver’s door started making a horrible grinding noise while getting increasingly rough to open. A quick investigation showed that the bolt holding the door stay had come loose, and that was leading to contact as the door moved. These stays are notoriously difficult to torque correctly, but shouldn’t be coming loose after such few miles. Fortunately I have the right tools to tighten everything up, but it’s not an ideal solution.
Beyond that, I’ve actually enjoyed the DS over the last few weeks. I’ve had an awful lot of motorway miles to cover and, despite the suspension flaws, the relaxed cabin has been a very pleasant place to spend the long hours in. The night panel is a massive boon for night-time driving ñ especially if I remember to avoid adjusting anything that might make the infotainment screen come back to life ñ and the massage seats kneed the lower back pleasingly.
Even the economy has been improving, helped by those long cruises. The last 1,000 or so miles has returned about 43mpg, which is an improvement from the high 30s it had dropped to over the winter. One of those long journeys was four-up with adults, which revealed that the DS has plenty of room. Apparently it gets a bit dark in the back, but that cool panoramic roof (yes, it’s still cool after all these months) lets enough light in to counter the tinted windows. The optional DS monograms on the roof, part of the Faubourg pack, block a little light though, and don’t add much to the style, so that’s an option I probably wouldn’t tick.
Despite the minor issues (it’s 2-1 against me rather than the car), the DS 5 has actually kept me pretty happy. Perhaps it’s the switch to lighter evenings, or perhaps I’m finally seeing the light. Only time will tell…
Date arrived 15th June 2016
Fuel economy 64.2mpg (combined) 43.0mpg (on test)
Something happened to me. I’ve enjoyed the DS! Night-time driving is a breeze thanks to the night panel.
The door stay working loose is unforgivable, but at least it was spotted before I lost the bolt in question.