THE proper automotive key can get you a large number additional on a primary date than a splash of Brut.
Greater than that, it’s your enterprise card. It’s your bragging rights with mates down the pub.
Del Boy famously put his Reliant Regal keys on a Mercedes-Benz key ring as a result of he knew if he whacked that down on the bar (alongside along with his Filofax — bear in mind them?) it made him appear like he was profitable.
Notion is every little thing.
Porsche does it proper. Tesla does it proper.
Aston Martin used to have a pleasant crystal-topped wedge you slotted into the sprint.
I don’t find out about you however I anticipate rather a lot from a automotive nudging £50,000 — and that features a respectable key to slap down on the desk. Which is why I’m disenchanted with the Kinder Egg key that comes with a DS 9.
It’s precisely the identical as the important thing for a £17k Corsa.
And so is the gear selector, for that matter.
DS trades on being the flamboyant French different to Germany’s huge three but it surely has missed a trick right here. It’s not costly to present us one thing good and strong and particular person, particularly whenever you see the supplies it’s utilizing to make the remainder of the automotive feel and appear boutique.
Eliminate the B.R.M. rotating clock that does a little bit dance when the automotive wakes up and provides us a bespoke key as an alternative. We all know what time it’s. We’ve received Apple CarPlay.
I’ve no complaints with the remainder of this automotive . . . other than the chunky price ticket.
It’s a plug-in hybrid, which suggests it’s an excellent firm automotive due to the benefit-in-kind. But in addition, it’s an excellent automotive.
DS 9 is mainly a Peugeot 508 rolled in glitter. And we appreciated 508. Aside from the stupidly small steering wheel.
DS 9 has a proper-sized steering wheel. And correctly snug seats. And a extremely low driving place. And a slick 12in HD display screen. And a chic sound system. And large, carpeted door pockets. It’s a beautiful place to be.
And it goes properly too. The petrol-electric combo returned 56mpg over 500 miles and it feels hovercraft-smooth on the motorway.
On twisty A-roads, it handles properly and carries pace properly.
Round Sheffield, we drove 17 miles on battery energy alone.
Additionally, it sits on small-ish wheels, so the journey isn’t crashy.
Until your neighbour is a French diplomat, you’re unlikely to see a DS 9. Which is why lots of people checked out this automotive, principally with confusion.
However for many who know, the orange operating lights excessive up on the rear pillars are a nod to the unique DS.
And the entrance lights are a technical masterpiece. There are three modules inside every headlight that rotate and sparkle like a disco ball whenever you unlock/lock the automotive.
However they’re additionally intelligent, routinely adjusting the beam to completely different situations to provide the greatest view of the street forward.
The French have gotten kind. You solely want to look at the most recent Grand Tour episode to know they’ve all the time tried to be a bit completely different . . . though it hasn’t all the time labored.
This time it has. We just like the DS 9. It’s left-field. It’s refreshingly completely different.
It simply wants an honest key to impress your Tinder date, or they received’t go anyplace close to it.
KEY FACTS: DS 9
- Value: £46,100
- Engine: 1.6-litre petrol plug-in hybrid
- Energy: 225hp, 360Nm
- 0-62mph: 8.3 secs
- Prime pace: 149mph
- Financial system: 56mpg
- EV vary: 34 miles
- CO2: 33g/km
- Out: Now
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8284134/ds-9-petrol-electric-returned-56mpg-500-miles/ DS 9 overview: Refreshingly completely different and like a Peugeot 508 rolled in glitter