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Ten Second Review
As the DS brand points out, beyond the motor industry, three of the world's top five luxury brands are French. Why shouldn't Gallic style be equally desirable when it comes to cars? Perhaps it will be with this one, the first of the company's very own designs, the DS 7 Crossback premium mid-sized SUV.
Under the skin of this DS 7 lies much that's shared with mid-sized Peugeots and Citroens, but it's all been covered with a thick sheen of Gallic gloss that could represent a refreshing alternative to the Teutonic ambiance that tends to dominate amongst premium mid-sized SUV models of this sort. There's a few signs of classic DS innovation here too. Given the marque's heritage in pioneering suspension technology, it's appropriate that the highlight is a camera-driven active damping system that sets new standards in this sector, recognising bumps and road undulations before you even reach them. Features like adaptive headlights and a 'DS Connected Pilot' package that gives you 'level 2' autonomous driving will be more familiar to buyers looking at the latest models of this kind, but this Crossback aims to set itself apart with a uniquely sumptuous, tactile interior. The idea is to bring a bit of Louis Vuitton and Chanel to the mid-sized premium segment. Like the sound of that? Then maybe you ought to join us in checking out what's on offer here. Let's put this car to the test.
And on the road? Well at last with this DS 7 Crossback model, we've got a car from this brand that rides as a DS model should. The company has a history of supple springing that goes all the way back to the original Fifties DS saloon with its ground breaking hydropneumatic suspension. This car hasn't anything quite as complex as that, but its 'DS Active Scan' camera-driven active damping set-up does set fresh class standards, able to anticipate bumps and undulations before you even get to them, allowing the Crossback to waft over things like potholes and speed humps with silken ease. The DS 7 is at its best when you're wafting along and enjoying this Gallic model's more relaxed approach to life. Something you'll be better equipped for if, like most DS 7 buyers, you opt for the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 diesel powerplant we tried. Like all the conventional engines fitted to this car, it drives only through the front wheels. As for the other engines on offer, well at entry-level, there are two 130hp options, a PureTech petrol unit and a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel. Further up the range sit auto-orientated 'PureTech 180' and 'PureTech 225' derivatives, both of which use versions of the same 1.6 THP petrol turbo powerplant. Across the line-up, you can get an optional 'Grip Control' system that optimises front wheel grip for light off road use.
Design and Build
The overall styling concept here isn't too dramatic, but the detailing is certainly very nicely done, particularly at the front end, the look of which was inspired by the avant garde 'DS Divine' concept car of 2014. We particularly like the exotically intricate 'DS Active Vision' LED headlamps, which emit a purple light when the car is unlocked, before pivoting by 180-degrees - in a nod to the original Fifties DS model's clever swivelling front lights. The brand saves its boldest flourishes though, for the interior, which is intended to be an extrovert celebration of everything that's cutting edge in French fashion. Alcantara, open-pore wood inlays and leather feature in copious quantities appropriate to the Parisian-themed trim package you've chosen. Even the techno-fest that must rather incongruously fit in around all of this frippery can't escape the Louis Vuitton treatment. So the super-sized 12-inch infotainment touchscreen that struggles to fit in at the top of the centre stack gets a strange barrel-style crystal-like centre volume dial. And, like the 12-inch instrument binnacle TFT monitor, can be configured via a 'DS Sensorial Drive' feature to display its information in shades of either Cashmere or Titanium. Rear seat space is good; even for a six-footer sitting behind quite a lanky front seat occupant, the legroom on offer should be quite sufficient. And there's a decently-sized 555-litre boot.
Market and Model
DS 7 Crossback pricing ranges from around £28,000 to nearly £45,000. There are four trim levels - 'Elegance', 'PERFORMANCE Line', 'Prestige' and 'Ultra Prestige' - which feature four distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian districts. All mainstream models come only in front-driven form. The core DS7 line-up is built around three petrol engines and two diesels. Those shopping at the bottom of the range can ask their dealer about a 130bhp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol powerplant, but are more likely to opt for the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel unit which can only be paired with manual transmission. There are also two versions of the older-tech 1.6-litre THP petrol turbo engine that PSA Group brands have been using for some time, here badged PureTech 180 and PureTech 225, the figures designating engine outputs. A significant number of buyers though, are going to want a diesel and if they can afford to stretch beyond the 1.5-litre BlueHDi entry-level unit just mentioned, then the powerplant they're likely to want is the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine we tried - that's if they're not put off by the fact that it costs nearly £5,000 more with an equivalent level of trim. To be fair, that premium does get you automatic transmission: this top diesel unit, like the top petrol engine, has to come with a self-shifter. But it does still mean that for a mid-range 'PERFORMANCE Line' BlueHDi 180 version of this model, you'll be needing a budget in the territory of £37,000.
Cost of Ownership
Let's get to the exact figures that the DS 7's various engines can produce, all of which are helped by the light weight of this car's underlying EMP2 PSA Group platform. The base 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 manual diesel model manages 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and 107g/km. To give you some extra class perspective on that, a base diesel Jaguar E-PACE delivers 60.1mpg and 124g/km. A legacy of the fact that that smaller rival model is over 350kgs heavier. With the older-tech 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel engine we tried, this DS model's advantage over its rivals isn't quite as pronounced, but it's still impressive given the size and interior space on offer. With this variant, 57.6mpg on the combined cycle and 128g/km of CO2 is possible. The petrol models also put in a strong showing, especially the three cylinder 1.2-litre entry-level PureTech 130 variant, which manages over 50mpg on the combined cycle and under 120g/km of CO2. Even the top PureTech 225 petrol turbo variant delivers 48.7mpg on the combined cycle and 134g/km - not bad for a high performance automatic luxury mid-sized SUV capable of over 140mph. What else? Well, there's the usual unremarkable three year/60,000-mile warranty and service intervals are every year or every 20,000 miles with normal usage or every year or 12,500 miles if the car is regularly driven in an arduous conditions.
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Key Standard Features*
- 8 speakers
- Auto comfort pack - DS
- Solid - Polar white
- Keyless Start
- 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
- Electric front seats and electrically foldable rear seats backrest with central armrest
- Solid paint
- Inox roof rails
- Gloss black front grille
- DS inspiration performance line alcantara upholstery and leatherette
- Gloss black interior door handles
- Rear ski flap
- Wireless charging for Smartphone
- Reversing camera
- DS connected pilot with adaptive cruise control with stop and go + Lane keeping assist
- Cruise control + speed limiter
- Front parking sensors
- Electric folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlights
- PolyAmbient interior lighting with gloss black interior door handles
- DS Inspiration performance line alcantara and leatherette - Black basalt
- Claudia and nappa leather dashboard and door panels with stitching
|Dark tinted rear windows|
|Acoustic, tinted and heated windscreen|
|Hill start assist|
|Active city braking|
|Electric parking brake|
|Emergency braking system|
|Trailer stability control|
|Electric power steering|
|Rear parking sensor|
|Lane departure warning system|
|Driver attention warning|
|Speed limit recognition and speed warning|
|DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system|
|DS sensorial drive in Cashmere/ Titanium modes|
|12.3" digital instrument cluster display|
|Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto|
|Multi function on board trip computer|
|12 inch HD touchscreen|
|Defrosting door mirrors|
|Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror|
|Gloss black exterior door mirrors|
|Alcantara dashboard and door panels with stitching|
|Performance Line monogram on the dashboard|
|DAB Digital radio|
|Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket|
|2 USB sockets in rear|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Textured black rear bumper|
|Body colour door handles|
|Body coloured bumpers|
|Inox windows surrounding|
|Textured black DS wings|
|DS performance line monogram on the rear tailgate|
|DS Performance Line badge on bonnet|
|Front door entry sill with DS Performance Line design|
|DS inspiration badge on front doors|
|LED daytime running lights|
|High beam assist|
|LED front fog lights with static cornering light function|
|Follow me home manual lighting|
|DS 3D LED rear lights|
|DS active LED Vision headlights|
|Automatic lighting at car unlocking|
|Front closed storage with USB connection point|
|Flocked glasses storage on driver side|
|Front and rear door pockets|
|Aluminium sports pedals|
|Gear shift indicator|
|Leather grab handles|
|Perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching|
|Open storage on driver side|
|Front central armrest with storage|
|Rear central armrest with storage|
|Front double cupholders|
|Premium leather gear knob|
|Height and depth adjustable steering wheel|
|Rear double cupholders|
|Two position floor|
|Full LED standard interior lighting|
|Comfort seats pack - DS 7|
|Comfort seats pack - DS 7 Performance Line|
|Advanced technology pack - DS 7|
|Rear lateral airbags|
|Tyre pressure monitoring system|
|3x3 point rear seatbelts|
|Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags|
|Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter|
|Safety kit including first aid kit, yellow vest and Warning triangle|
|Front seatback pockets|
|Front head restraints|
|Electric lumbar adjustment|
|Two rear isofix mounting points|
|Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm|
|Stop/ Start function|
|Automatic front doors and boot locking|
|Remote central locking + deadlocks|
|Cloth sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror and ticket holder|
|Carmine centre caps with DS logo|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Space saver spare wheel|
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||10.7|
|Engine Power - BHP||131|
|Engine Power - KW||96|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||3750|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||221|
|Engine Torque - MKG||30.6|
|Engine Torque - NM||300|
|Engine Torque - RPM||1750|
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