Citroen DS4 Tuning
& DS4 Crossover Tuning

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A luxury DS branded car was very well equipped. The DS4 also led to the crossback version which offers more than a passing nod to the SUV brand.

The DS range was  a significant freshen up of the Citroen lineup and appealed to a much younger car enthusiast.

The turbo models are the most rewarding to tune up but all engines are capable and respond well to the right modifications and upgrades.

Engine choices in the DS4 were the petrol engines (a collaboration between PSA and BMW) including 1.6 L i4 VTi, the 1.6 L i4 THP Turbo (155 or 200 hp) and the diesel options were the 1.6 L i4 HDi, e-HDI and (since 2015) BlueHDI Turbo-diesel and a 2.0 L i4 HDi, e-HDI and (since 2015)BlueHDI


The DS4 is a good car tuning project to play with. If you do your homework then you can create an awesome DS4 but don't be fooled there are lots of performance mods out there that will simply not suit it read our unbiased guides first.

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Improving the handling for many tuners first priority in your DS4 tuning project. We suggest that you fit performance suspension and lower the car by 30-35mm. Larger drops require arch work - especially on models already equipped with performance suspension.

Top end power should be your overall aim on the DS4 with a nice fat peak torque band.

Spending a little money on the best engine and handling mods could transform your car into a very credible performer.

To be completely frank and honest, on the more modest engine sizes you are wasting your time spending money on modifications, so if this applies to you get yourself an engine swap then apply the following mods.

DS4 Engine Tuning.

The following modified upgrades are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you get going.

  • 1.6 L i4 VTi 88 kW (120 PS; 118 hp) 6000rpm
  • 1.6 L i4 THP Turbo (155) 115 kW (156 PS; 154 hp)  6000rpm
  • 1.6 L i4 THP Turbo ( 200 hp) 147 kW (200 PS; 197 hp) 5800rpm
  • 1.6 L i4 HDi, e-HDI and (since 2015) BlueHDI Turbo-diesel 82 kW (111 PS; 110 hp) 3600rpm
  • 2.0 L i4 HDi, e-HDI and (since 2015)BlueHDI 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) 3750rpm

Getting the correct grade of modified upgrade kits for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 motor sport mods just won't work well on the road hard to control in slow traffic.

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Best mods for your DS4

  1. Intake Mods and Sports Exhausts - NB: on their own these mods won't ADD POWER in most cases, but they can help enhance power after other mods by removing the restriction.
  2. Forced induction upgrades - A New Turbo is the most efficient approach to increase air supply, allowing you to burn more fuel and make more power. It is one of the most costly upgrades it offers big gains.
  3. Fast road cams are generally the biggest mechanical mod upgrade, but they must be fitted by someone who knows what they are doing and they are not always easy to source but you might find a local firm to regrind a stock camshaft.
  4. Head work - The goals of porting and flowing the head are to get air flowing into the engine while removing flow restrictions and turbulence.
  5. Tunes - DS4 engine tuning/remapping provides the most power in terms of cost, aftermarket ECU upgrades, and inline Tuning boxes are all alternatives.
  6. DS4 Handling Mods (suspension) - Upgrading your suspension greatly enhances your DS4 road holding and cornering. Adjustable coilovers and better bushings are what is needed here.
  7. Braking Mods - Enhancing your stopping power should be listed in your priority list.

DS4 Tuning Stages

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Lighter flywheel, Panel air filter, Engine Tunes/Remapping, Suspension upgrade (drop 40mm DS4  or 50mm Crossover), Sports exhaust, Alloy wheels.

Typical stage 2 mods often include: fuel pump upgrades, Power/Sport clutch, Ported and polished head, high flow fuel injector, Fast road cam.

Typical stage 3 mods often include: Competition cam, Sports gearbox, Engine balancing, Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger).

You should keep as much low end power as you can and aim to get a long power band across the rev range rather than a narrow top end power spike.

In this article we shall give a limited introduction to the best upgrades for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance mod.A fast road cam usually works out as one of the best NASP power mods you can do mechanically to your engine.

The intake and exhaust durations play a large part in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car impossible to drive in traffic. You'd need to follow a camshaft upgrade with other mods and finish with a tune/remap to fully release the power gain.You will need to ensure that the engine is not starved of fuel so will need to pay attention to the fuelling.

Using high octane fuel is another option if you find you are suffering from detonation or premature ignition on your Citroen project after fitting other performance kits. To get sufficient fuel you may need to uprate the injectors on your engine. If have increased your fuelling with bigger injectors you will also need to get a bigger fuel pump to supply it.

DS4 Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine. Air induction kits are only beneficial to boost power if your air intake is restricted! Adding an induction kit to most standard 1.6 engines will see NO POWER GAIN AT ALL but the turbo engines appreciate freer intake, especially when tuned/remapped or with other mods.

If you have heavily modified your engine and it's need for air INCREASES DRAMATICALLY then an induction kit is the answer and will help remove this restriction. Induction kits can work well on turbo engines and larger engines (if supplied with a suitable cold air feed or air box), generally though we'd just recommend for DS4 engines you should just fit a high performance panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Do not go with the biggest exhaust you can get this will slow the exhaust rate - the best for power gains are usually between 1.5 to 2.0 inches. It is the shape and material more than the bore size. Turbo engine exhausts need a good flow rate, and should avoid bends and seams.

Getting the cylinder head ported and polished will help get more air into each cylinder. This is definitely a job for a professional with a flow bench.

When you tune up your DS4 you will usally see that the standard clutch starts to complain so get an uprated clutch. NA (naturally aspirated) engines do not achieve big power gains if you tune/remap them, unless you have done extensive modifications.

With turbocharged engines this is another story. A tuned/remapped turbo will give massive power gains and fully release the potential power of the engine.

Adding forced induction (through a supercharger kit) will see phenomenal power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. Turbos are often harder to add than a supercharger. Turbos give boost in increasing proportion to increasing engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

Superchargers will give a boost which is proportional to engine speed so is simpler. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the engine compression ratio .

DS4 Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels will help the brakes cool down and are usually less heavy than steel ones. Please note that although they can look cool on the DS4 large alloy wheels will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

Although some people have with bigger wheels we would stick to a 17 inch rim size as the maximum.

We like the look of the jacked up DS4 crossback, so adding higher suspension and chunky off road tires really suit this model in our opinion.

If you would like to know more, or just get some friendly advice on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss DS4 options in more detail with our DS4 owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Citroen tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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