It has taken 15 years and two generations, but finally Mercedes has built an entry-level model in its range that reflects the same values as its most high-end executive cars. This, ladies and gentlemen, is an A-Class that you might genuinely ‘desire’.
Although wintry conditions had yet to settle in the French Alps, the track at Val Thorens featured a satisfactory layer of ice which allowed Alain Prost, Evens Stievenart and Nicolas Prost to give Dacia Lodgy Glace its maiden run on the type of surface for which it was designed.
After the success of Citroën’s DS3 who could blame Citroën for wishing to offer the same stylish and individual qualities further up the range. Enter the new DS4, Citroën’s offering in the VW Golf, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 Sportback segment.
The DS3 put Citroën back on the shopping list of drivers looking for something with a bit of flair and the joie de vivre that the French brand became so famous for. The mid-sized DS4 offered a less funky interpretation of Citroën’s joie-design range, looking more like a re-skin of the humble C4 than an innovative new design – but now with the DS5, Citroën have turned the funk back up to ten.