Since rushing to flesh out its model range above and beyond the original DS 3 and becoming a brand in its own right, DS has implored its chassis engineers to think a bit more clearly about the tuning of its cars.
Those engineers now talk about a concept called ‘dynamic hypercomfort’ – a new, ideal blend of ride fluency, outright grip and handling response that only a French premium-branded car can provide, apparently.
Be that as it may, what matters is that the effort is being made. And it’s paying off.
Having been one of the least dynamically sophisticated crossover hatchbacks on the market, the 4 now hits a broadly competitive standard.
The overly firm and reactive ride of the original car has been replaced, at least in the case of the Crossback, by greater suppleness and compliance.
Moreover, the use of softer, longer springs and more pragmatic anti-roll bars actually produces outright grip and balance for the 4’s handling, as well as greater progressiveness as that grip ebbs away, and costs the car nothing significant at all on body control.