The DS4 is the second car in Citroen‘s reborn DS brand, following the success of the DS3 supermini launched last year.

The DS4 falls somewhere between a coupe and a five door hatchback, but with the ride height of a SUV. It’s an odd mix, rivalling anything from a Volkswagen Golf to a Nissan Qashqai: A Citroen spokesman says: “We’re giving customers a coupe with more practicality and flexibility associated with it.”

The most powerful diesel version, as tested, with a 2.0-litre 160hp engine is impressive with good acceleration, while handling and steering – albeit it on the light side – are also a pleasure to drive. It falls into the 19% Benefit-in-Kind tax band with 134g/km CO2 compared to the most efficient iteration, a 1.6 110hp emitting 114g/km.

The brand expects two-thirds of buyers to be fleet: there won’t be high volumes, but those that do choose this leftfield alternative, will be pleased.

Citroen DS4 2.0 HDI 160 DStyle
P11D price £23,095
Fuel consumption 55.4mpg
CO2 (tax) 134g/km/(19%)
Insurance group 23
Boot space (min/max) 385/1021 litres
Engine size/power 1998cc/160hp
Top speed/0-62mph 132mph/9.3secs
Score 7/10