Ds Ds Ds 7 Crossback Hatchback 1.6 PureTech 180 Performance Line 5dr EAT8

Rear parking sensor
Multi function trip computer
Electric power steering
Variable power assisted steering
Lane departure warning system
Service indicator
Bluetooth + USB
MirrorLink
DS connect box emergency assist system
Speed limit recognition
Voice recognition
DS Sensorial drive
Digital instrument cluster
DS Connect nav with 12" touchscreen and voice control
Driver attention warning
12.3" digital instrument cluster display
Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and android auto
3D connected navigation
Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
Speed limit recognition and speed warning
Multi function on board trip computer
DS Connect Nav - Connected 3D navigation
DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
12 inch HD touchscreen
Emergency call service
DAB Digital radio
2 USB sockets in rear
Bluetooth hands free and media streaming
Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket
Electric folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlights
Gloss black front grille
Rear wiper
Body colour door handles
Automatic headlights
Electrochrome rear view mirror
Variable front intermittent wipers
Body coloured bumpers
'Guide me home' headlamps
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Chrome window surround
One touch electric front/rear windows
Dark tinted rear windows
Trailer stability assist
LED daytime running lights
Acoustic windscreen
Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors
High beam assist
LED rear lights
Gloss black door mirrors
LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
Active LED Vision headlights with auto high beam
Inox windows surrounding
Rear window wiper
Acoustic, tinted and heated windscreen
Defrosting door mirrors
Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
Gloss black exterior door mirrors
Textured black DS wings
DS performance line monogram on the rear tailgate
Follow me home manual lighting
DS 3D LED rear lights
DS active LED Vision headlights
Automatic lighting at car unlocking
DS Performance Line badge on bonnet
Textured black rear bumper
LED 3rd brake light
Acoustic and tinted windscreen
DS performance line badge on front doors
Rear side wing doors
60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Rear central armrest with storage
Rear ski flap
Rear headrests
Height adjustable front seats
Front and rear door pockets
Pollen filter
Front seat and rear pockets
Electric lumbar support
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Sunglasses storage
Rear cupholders
Front/rear floor mats
Front cupholders x 2
Storage compartment in rear centre armrest
Front head restraints
Leather gear knob
Dual zone climate control
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Electric lumbar adjustment
Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
Front armrest with storage box
60/40 split folding rear seat
Aluminium sports pedals
LED interior illumination
Gear shift indicator
3 seat bench in 2nd row
Alcantara leather upholstery
Perforated leather sports steering wheel with contrast stitching
Aluminium footrest
Two position floor
Perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching
Front and rear door storage
Two rear isofix mounting points
Performance line badged front/rear carpet mats
Cloth sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror and ticket holder
Flocked glasses storage on driver side
Open storage on driver side
Front central armrest with storage
Front double cupholders
Premium leather gear knob
Height and depth adjustable steering wheel
Rear double cupholders
Chrome controls
Front door entry sill with DS Performance Line design
Front closed storage with USB connection point
Single front passenger seat
Comfort seats pack - DS 7
Advanced technology pack - DS 7
Anti-lock brake system
Driver airbag
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Passenger airbag
Front lateral airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Electronic Stability Programme
Rear lateral airbags
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
Electronic parking brake
Hill start assist
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Rear curtain airbags
Child safety lock
Active city braking
Electric parking brake
Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags
Emergency braking system
Trailer stability control
Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter
Safety kit including first aid kit, yellow vest and Warning triangle
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Immobiliser
Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
Automatic boot locking
Automatic door locking
Stop/ Start function
Automatic front doors and boot locking
Alcantara dashboard and door panels with stitching
Performance Line monogram on the dashboard
Space saver spare wheel
Red wheel caps
Carmine centre caps with DS logo
CO2 157
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1598
Compression Ratio 2098
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 622
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 40.90
Urban 40.90
Extra Urban 36.20
Badge Engine CC 1598
Badge Power 181.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.61
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.90
Engine BHP 181.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1428
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 137
Front Tyres 235/50 R19
Rear Tyres 235/50 R19
Spare Tyre SPACE SAVER
Height 1620
Length 4573
Wheel Base 2738
Width 1895
Fuel Tank Size 62.00
Weight 2050
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1428
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

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 can be with this one, the DS 7, here usefully improved. This upper mid-sized Crossover was the first of the company's very own designs and it's still appealing for the right kind of customer.

Background

Back in 2017, the DS brand brought us its first uniquely-designed car, the DS 7 Crossback. Under its skin lay much that was shared with mid-sized Peugeots and Citroens, but it was all covered with a thick sheen of Gallic gloss that allowed this car to represent a refreshing alternative to the Teutonic ambiance that tends to dominate amongst premium mid-sized SUV models of this sort. There were a few signs of classic DS innovation here too. Given the marque's heritage in pioneering suspension technology, it was appropriate that the highlight from launch was a camera-driven active damping system that set 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 with 'level 2' autonomous driving were more familiar to buyers looking at the latest models of this kind, but the DS 7 Crossback aimed to set itself apart with a uniquely sumptuous, tactile interior. The idea was to bring a bit of Louis Vuitton and Chanel to the mid-sized premium segment. That's also the idea with this updated model, which has lost the 'Crossback' moniker and is just called 'DS 7'. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

There aren't too many dynamic changes here: new DS PIXEL LED VISION 3.0' headlamps with a range of up to 380-metres; and an extra flagship variant, the E-TENSE 4x4 360, one of three Plug-in Hybrid models, all of which benefit from a larger 14.2kWh battery, which boosts EV range up to 40 miles, though you won't go anywhere like that far if you explore the possibility for an 83mph all-electric top speed. The other two PHEV DS7 variants are as before. The E-TENSE 225 is front-driven and uses a 180hp petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor. The E-TENSE 4x4 300 has a 200hp 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine beating beneath the bonnet, its efforts boosted by an accompanying pair of 110hp electric motors which together boost total power output up to 300hp. That equates to a useful 450Nm of torque, which is transmitted to the tarmac via an eight-speed auto gearbox. The top E-TENSE 4x4 360 gets special tuning, a lowered chassis, a wider track and bigger brakes to go with its extra power (200hp engine, front electric motor with 110hp and rear electric motor with 112hp). On any DS 7 E-TENSE model, there are four drive modes available. 'Zero emission' is the default setting, which sees functioning only using its electric motors. More commonly, you'll be running in 'Hybrid mode', which sees the electric motors and the engine efficiently working together. If you're pressing on, you'll use 'Sport' mode, which is engine-only. In its '300' and '360' forms, this is a 4x4 model and if you're off piste, you can make the most of that by engaging a '4WD' setting which activates the rear axle for all-wheel drive. We should point out that you don't have to have Plug-in power in your DS 7: the brand is still offering a conventional 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel unit for those unconcerned about the current environmental zeitgeist. Whatever engine you choose, across the range, as before, top models feature the 'DS Active Scan' camera-driven active damping set-up that is able to anticipate bumps and undulations before you even get to them, allowing the DS 7 to waft over things like potholes and speed humps with silken ease. This Crossover is at its best when you're wafting along and enjoying this Gallic model's more relaxed approach to life. 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

This revised DS 7 gets a restyled front end, with slimmer 'DS PIXEL LED VISION 3.0' headlamps and 'DS LIGHT VEIL' daytime running lights. The DS WINGS and the grille are larger and the valance has been redesigned with a range of colours depending on the model. The slimmer scale-like LED rear lights with a vortex effect have also been redesigned with a dark metallic finish. And the boot lid and badge have been reworked with sharper lines, while DS AUTOMOBILES lettering replaces the previous 'CROSSBACK' badge to sign off the visually stretched rear section. The wheels are new too, with redesigned 19-inch rims for the usual models and more exclusive 21-inchers for the top E-TENSE 4x4 360 version. Inside, there's smarter upholstery, with specifically draped Nappa leather on the dashboard and door panels. The 12-inch high-resolution centre touchscreen has been redesigned too, now featuring a menu made up of widgets for accessing all its functions with a single movement: for controlling the connected navigation, the ventilation, the digital audio sources and journey information. As before, the cabin design 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 centre screen 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. Second row 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. But bear in mind that if you go for one of the E-TENSE Plug-in versions that you won't get the third seating row that's fitted to the more conventional diesel version; that back row's strictly for kids. Out back, there's a decently-sized 555-litre boot. Fold the rear seats and the capacity rises to 1,752-litres.

Market and Model

DS 7 pricing ranges from around £36,000 to nearly £60,000. There are three trim levels - 'Performance Line', 'Rivoli' and 'Bastille' - which feature distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian districts. The core DS7 line-up is built around three Plug-in Hybrid E-TENSE petrol engines and a conventional diesel. Either way, you have to have auto transmission. Safety for this updated model is optimised with 'DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING' and 'DS DRIVE ASSIST' level 2 semi-autonomous driving. 'DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING' analyses the driver's level of attention with two cameras. The first checks the behaviour of the car in its surroundings and the second, positioned facing the driver, diagnoses where they are looking and their face and eyelid movement which translates to the level of sleepiness and attention. This is unprecedented in the segment. The DS 7 is also equipped with 'DS DRIVE ASSIST' adaptive cruise control that can initiate stopping and restarting without the driver intervening and an aid that enables the driver to keep the car either where it is or where they position it in the lane.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the exact WLTP 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 auto diesel model manages 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 140g/km. With the E-TENSE Plug-in derivatives, there's a WLTP driving range of up to 40 miles thanks to the larger 14.2kWh battery. The DS engineers reckon that even running the car in its more usual 'Hybrid mode' (whether the engine and the battery work together) you should still get very frugal returns. All of this assumes you keep the car fully charged. If you drift into using it just in petrol-powered form, your returns will drop like a stone. But let's assume you're fully bought into making full use of the electrified tech. On the move on a DS7 E-TENSE PHEV variant, energy is regenerated whenever the driver decelerates or uses the brakes, which extends the battery range. Another function, 'E-SAVE', also allows the driver to save enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 6 or 12 miles of a journey. The map on the centre-dash touchscreen shows to the driver in real time the distance which can be driven in the car's all-electric 'Zero emission' mode or where charging stations are available nearby. This E-TENSE model's battery can be charged in two hours using a 32-amp wall-mounted terminal with a 6.6 kW charger; or in 8-hours with a traditional 3-pin domestic socket. What else? Well, a little annoyingly, the fuel tank is 20-litres smaller than it is in a conventionally-engined DS 7: blame battery packaging for that. Still, enjoy the tech. Through a provided 'MyDS' app, you can programme or switch on charging and follow your car's state of charge on your smartphone. The warranty is an unremarkable three year/60,000-mile package. 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.

Summary

Charismatic, elegant and satisfyingly rare, the DS 7 has brought something different to the upper class part of the mid-sized SUV segment and continues to do so in this improved form. It's an interesting confection this, relatively conservative in its overall exterior shaping but extreme and individualistic in its Gallic cabin demeanour. Will there be enough premium segment customers wanting that kind of combination? It'll be interesting to see. Ultimately, we like it most because it feels special - or at least it will for the right kind of buyer. That customer will love the painstaking attention that's been paid to almost every detail of this design. In some respects, the execution isn't perfect - but then, as we've remarked before when reviewing this boutique French maker's products and considering its competitors, there's something rather soul-less and clinical about perfection. The DS brand is about a 'Different Spirit' - a different way to go. Other marques have promised that: with this car though, this one delivers it.

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Annual Mileage

Initial Rental (Months)

Cruise control + speed limiter Standard (ex. VAT)
Remote tailgate/boot release Standard (ex. VAT)
Reversing camera Standard (ex. VAT)
Front parking sensors Standard (ex. VAT)
Front parking sensor £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Driver alert system Standard (ex. VAT)
DS connected cam £333.33 (ex. VAT)
DS connected pilot with adaptive cruise control with stop and go + Lane keeping assist Standard (ex. VAT)
DS sensorial drive in Cashmere/ Titanium modes £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Remote tailgate opening with key and handsfree locking, keyless entry and start £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Wireless charging for smartphone £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Reversing camera with front parking sensor £375.00 (ex. VAT)
DS Park pilot with autonomous parking system includes reversing camera, 360 vision and front parking sensors £750.00 (ex. VAT)
Electric tailgate with handsfree function, Keyless entry and start £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Electric tailgate with Keyless entry and start £708.33 (ex. VAT)
DS Active scan suspension £833.33 (ex. VAT)
8 speakers Standard (ex. VAT)
Focal Electra Hi-Fi sound system with 515 watt amplifier/14 speakers and 8" subwoofer £825.00 (ex. VAT)
Metallic paint £495.83 (ex. VAT)
Black roof rails £166.67 (ex. VAT)
Electric folding door mirrors Standard (ex. VAT)
Pearlescent paint £662.50 (ex. VAT)
Towbar £500.00 (ex. VAT)
Laminated front/rear screens £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Solid paint Standard (ex. VAT)
Electric panoramic sunroof £1000.00 (ex. VAT)
High gloss black front grille Standard (ex. VAT)
Exclusive paint £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Gloss black roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
Inox roof rails Standard (ex. VAT)
Electric front seats £687.50 (ex. VAT)
Heated front seats £245.83 (ex. VAT)
Rear centre armrest with storage compartment Standard (ex. VAT)
Ski flap through loading Standard (ex. VAT)
Massage function for front seats Standard (ex. VAT)
Ventilated front seats £245.83 (ex. VAT)
Gloss black interior door handles Standard (ex. VAT)
PolyAmbient interior lighting £166.67 (ex. VAT)
PolyAmbient interior lighting with gloss black interior door handles Standard (ex. VAT)
Electric front seats and electrically foldable rear seats backrest with central armrest Standard (ex. VAT)
Full LED standard interior lighting Standard (ex. VAT)
Extended bi-zone automatic climate control £166.67 (ex. VAT)
DS inspiration performance line alcantara upholstery and leatherette Standard (ex. VAT)
DS inspiration performance line grained leather upholstery £1291.67 (ex. VAT)
Advanced traction control pack - DS 7 £333.33 (ex. VAT)
Night vision pack - DS 7 £1166.67 (ex. VAT)
Advanced safety pack - DS 7 £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium safety Pack - DS 7 £1208.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium technology pack - DS 7 Performance line £1116.67 (ex. VAT)
Electric comfort pack - DS 7 £750.00 (ex. VAT)
Halo pack - DS 7 £1100.00 (ex. VAT)
Auto comfort pack - DS 7 Standard (ex. VAT)
Driver convenience pack - DS 7 £291.67 (ex. VAT)
Comfort seats pack - DS 7 Elegance/Performance Line Standard (ex. VAT)
DS inspiration leather pack - Performance line/Performance line + £2291.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium safety Pack with front parking sensor - DS 7 £1083.33 (ex. VAT)
Advanced safety pack with front parking sensor - DS 7 £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Night vision pack - DS 7 Performance Line £1166.67 (ex. VAT)
Advanced safety pack without front parking sensor - DS 7 £583.33 (ex. VAT)
Premium safety Pack without front parking sensor - DS 7 £1083.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Polar white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Platinum grey £495.83 (ex. VAT)
Pearl - Pearl white £662.50 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Perla nera black £495.83 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Cumulus grey £495.83 (ex. VAT)
Pearl - Absolute red £662.50 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Pearl crystal £495.83 (ex. VAT)
Exclusive paint - Pearl crystal £579.17 (ex. VAT)
Advanced traction control £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Keyless Start Standard (ex. VAT)
Keyless entry and start with hands free boot opening £708.33 (ex. VAT)
Alcantara Leather - Black Standard (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration performance line alcantara and leatherette - Black basalt Standard (ex. VAT)
DS inspiration rivoli grained leather - Black basalt £2291.67 (ex. VAT)
DS inspiration performance line grained leather - Black basalt £1291.67 (ex. VAT)
DS inspirational alcantara grained leather - Black basalt £2291.67 (ex. VAT)
20" Gloss black onyx diamond-cut Tokyo alloy wheels £375.00 (ex. VAT)
19" Gloss black onyx diamond-cut Beijing alloy wheels Standard (ex. VAT)
18" Black onyx diamond-cut Geneve alloy wheels Standard (ex. VAT)
19" Gloss black onyx diamond-cut London alloy wheels £83.33 (ex. VAT)
18" Vienna alloy wheels with all season tyres + advanced traction control £250.00 (ex. VAT)

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Rear parking sensor
Multi function trip computer
Electric power steering
Variable power assisted steering
Lane departure warning system
Service indicator
Bluetooth + USB
MirrorLink
DS connect box emergency assist system
Speed limit recognition
Voice recognition
DS Sensorial drive
Digital instrument cluster
DS Connect nav with 12" touchscreen and voice control
Driver attention warning
12.3" digital instrument cluster display
Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and android auto
3D connected navigation
Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
Speed limit recognition and speed warning
Multi function on board trip computer
DS Connect Nav - Connected 3D navigation
DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
12 inch HD touchscreen
Emergency call service
DAB Digital radio
2 USB sockets in rear
Bluetooth hands free and media streaming
Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket
Electric folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlights
Gloss black front grille
Rear wiper
Body colour door handles
Automatic headlights
Electrochrome rear view mirror
Variable front intermittent wipers
Body coloured bumpers
'Guide me home' headlamps
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Chrome window surround
One touch electric front/rear windows
Dark tinted rear windows
Trailer stability assist
LED daytime running lights
Acoustic windscreen
Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors
High beam assist
LED rear lights
Gloss black door mirrors
LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
Active LED Vision headlights with auto high beam
Inox windows surrounding
Rear window wiper
Acoustic, tinted and heated windscreen
Defrosting door mirrors
Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
Gloss black exterior door mirrors
Textured black DS wings
DS performance line monogram on the rear tailgate
Follow me home manual lighting
DS 3D LED rear lights
DS active LED Vision headlights
Automatic lighting at car unlocking
DS Performance Line badge on bonnet
Textured black rear bumper
LED 3rd brake light
Acoustic and tinted windscreen
DS performance line badge on front doors
Rear side wing doors
60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Rear central armrest with storage
Rear ski flap
Rear headrests
Height adjustable front seats
Front and rear door pockets
Pollen filter
Front seat and rear pockets
Electric lumbar support
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Sunglasses storage
Rear cupholders
Front/rear floor mats
Front cupholders x 2
Storage compartment in rear centre armrest
Front head restraints
Leather gear knob
Dual zone climate control
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Electric lumbar adjustment
Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
Front armrest with storage box
60/40 split folding rear seat
Aluminium sports pedals
LED interior illumination
Gear shift indicator
3 seat bench in 2nd row
Alcantara leather upholstery
Perforated leather sports steering wheel with contrast stitching
Aluminium footrest
Two position floor
Perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching
Front and rear door storage
Two rear isofix mounting points
Performance line badged front/rear carpet mats
Cloth sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror and ticket holder
Flocked glasses storage on driver side
Open storage on driver side
Front central armrest with storage
Front double cupholders
Premium leather gear knob
Height and depth adjustable steering wheel
Rear double cupholders
Chrome controls
Front door entry sill with DS Performance Line design
Front closed storage with USB connection point
Single front passenger seat
Comfort seats pack - DS 7
Advanced technology pack - DS 7
Anti-lock brake system
Driver airbag
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Passenger airbag
Front lateral airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Electronic Stability Programme
Rear lateral airbags
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
Electronic parking brake
Hill start assist
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Rear curtain airbags
Child safety lock
Active city braking
Electric parking brake
Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags
Emergency braking system
Trailer stability control
Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter
Safety kit including first aid kit, yellow vest and Warning triangle
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Immobiliser
Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
Automatic boot locking
Automatic door locking
Stop/ Start function
Automatic front doors and boot locking
Alcantara dashboard and door panels with stitching
Performance Line monogram on the dashboard
Space saver spare wheel
Red wheel caps
Carmine centre caps with DS logo
CO2 157
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1598
Compression Ratio 2098
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 622
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 40.90
Urban 40.90
Extra Urban 36.20
Badge Engine CC 1598
Badge Power 181.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.61
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 8.90
Engine BHP 181.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1428
Engine Torque 250.00
Top Speed 137
Front Tyres 235/50 R19
Rear Tyres 235/50 R19
Spare Tyre SPACE SAVER
Height 1620
Length 4573
Wheel Base 2738
Width 1895
Fuel Tank Size 62.00
Weight 2050
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1428
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

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 can be with this one, the DS 7, here usefully improved. This upper mid-sized Crossover was the first of the company's very own designs and it's still appealing for the right kind of customer.

Background

Back in 2017, the DS brand brought us its first uniquely-designed car, the DS 7 Crossback. Under its skin lay much that was shared with mid-sized Peugeots and Citroens, but it was all covered with a thick sheen of Gallic gloss that allowed this car to represent a refreshing alternative to the Teutonic ambiance that tends to dominate amongst premium mid-sized SUV models of this sort. There were a few signs of classic DS innovation here too. Given the marque's heritage in pioneering suspension technology, it was appropriate that the highlight from launch was a camera-driven active damping system that set 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 with 'level 2' autonomous driving were more familiar to buyers looking at the latest models of this kind, but the DS 7 Crossback aimed to set itself apart with a uniquely sumptuous, tactile interior. The idea was to bring a bit of Louis Vuitton and Chanel to the mid-sized premium segment. That's also the idea with this updated model, which has lost the 'Crossback' moniker and is just called 'DS 7'. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

There aren't too many dynamic changes here: new DS PIXEL LED VISION 3.0' headlamps with a range of up to 380-metres; and an extra flagship variant, the E-TENSE 4x4 360, one of three Plug-in Hybrid models, all of which benefit from a larger 14.2kWh battery, which boosts EV range up to 40 miles, though you won't go anywhere like that far if you explore the possibility for an 83mph all-electric top speed. The other two PHEV DS7 variants are as before. The E-TENSE 225 is front-driven and uses a 180hp petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor. The E-TENSE 4x4 300 has a 200hp 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine beating beneath the bonnet, its efforts boosted by an accompanying pair of 110hp electric motors which together boost total power output up to 300hp. That equates to a useful 450Nm of torque, which is transmitted to the tarmac via an eight-speed auto gearbox. The top E-TENSE 4x4 360 gets special tuning, a lowered chassis, a wider track and bigger brakes to go with its extra power (200hp engine, front electric motor with 110hp and rear electric motor with 112hp). On any DS 7 E-TENSE model, there are four drive modes available. 'Zero emission' is the default setting, which sees functioning only using its electric motors. More commonly, you'll be running in 'Hybrid mode', which sees the electric motors and the engine efficiently working together. If you're pressing on, you'll use 'Sport' mode, which is engine-only. In its '300' and '360' forms, this is a 4x4 model and if you're off piste, you can make the most of that by engaging a '4WD' setting which activates the rear axle for all-wheel drive. We should point out that you don't have to have Plug-in power in your DS 7: the brand is still offering a conventional 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel unit for those unconcerned about the current environmental zeitgeist. Whatever engine you choose, across the range, as before, top models feature the 'DS Active Scan' camera-driven active damping set-up that is able to anticipate bumps and undulations before you even get to them, allowing the DS 7 to waft over things like potholes and speed humps with silken ease. This Crossover is at its best when you're wafting along and enjoying this Gallic model's more relaxed approach to life. 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

This revised DS 7 gets a restyled front end, with slimmer 'DS PIXEL LED VISION 3.0' headlamps and 'DS LIGHT VEIL' daytime running lights. The DS WINGS and the grille are larger and the valance has been redesigned with a range of colours depending on the model. The slimmer scale-like LED rear lights with a vortex effect have also been redesigned with a dark metallic finish. And the boot lid and badge have been reworked with sharper lines, while DS AUTOMOBILES lettering replaces the previous 'CROSSBACK' badge to sign off the visually stretched rear section. The wheels are new too, with redesigned 19-inch rims for the usual models and more exclusive 21-inchers for the top E-TENSE 4x4 360 version. Inside, there's smarter upholstery, with specifically draped Nappa leather on the dashboard and door panels. The 12-inch high-resolution centre touchscreen has been redesigned too, now featuring a menu made up of widgets for accessing all its functions with a single movement: for controlling the connected navigation, the ventilation, the digital audio sources and journey information. As before, the cabin design 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 centre screen 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. Second row 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. But bear in mind that if you go for one of the E-TENSE Plug-in versions that you won't get the third seating row that's fitted to the more conventional diesel version; that back row's strictly for kids. Out back, there's a decently-sized 555-litre boot. Fold the rear seats and the capacity rises to 1,752-litres.

Market and Model

DS 7 pricing ranges from around £36,000 to nearly £60,000. There are three trim levels - 'Performance Line', 'Rivoli' and 'Bastille' - which feature distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian districts. The core DS7 line-up is built around three Plug-in Hybrid E-TENSE petrol engines and a conventional diesel. Either way, you have to have auto transmission. Safety for this updated model is optimised with 'DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING' and 'DS DRIVE ASSIST' level 2 semi-autonomous driving. 'DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING' analyses the driver's level of attention with two cameras. The first checks the behaviour of the car in its surroundings and the second, positioned facing the driver, diagnoses where they are looking and their face and eyelid movement which translates to the level of sleepiness and attention. This is unprecedented in the segment. The DS 7 is also equipped with 'DS DRIVE ASSIST' adaptive cruise control that can initiate stopping and restarting without the driver intervening and an aid that enables the driver to keep the car either where it is or where they position it in the lane.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the exact WLTP 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 auto diesel model manages 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 140g/km. With the E-TENSE Plug-in derivatives, there's a WLTP driving range of up to 40 miles thanks to the larger 14.2kWh battery. The DS engineers reckon that even running the car in its more usual 'Hybrid mode' (whether the engine and the battery work together) you should still get very frugal returns. All of this assumes you keep the car fully charged. If you drift into using it just in petrol-powered form, your returns will drop like a stone. But let's assume you're fully bought into making full use of the electrified tech. On the move on a DS7 E-TENSE PHEV variant, energy is regenerated whenever the driver decelerates or uses the brakes, which extends the battery range. Another function, 'E-SAVE', also allows the driver to save enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 6 or 12 miles of a journey. The map on the centre-dash touchscreen shows to the driver in real time the distance which can be driven in the car's all-electric 'Zero emission' mode or where charging stations are available nearby. This E-TENSE model's battery can be charged in two hours using a 32-amp wall-mounted terminal with a 6.6 kW charger; or in 8-hours with a traditional 3-pin domestic socket. What else? Well, a little annoyingly, the fuel tank is 20-litres smaller than it is in a conventionally-engined DS 7: blame battery packaging for that. Still, enjoy the tech. Through a provided 'MyDS' app, you can programme or switch on charging and follow your car's state of charge on your smartphone. The warranty is an unremarkable three year/60,000-mile package. 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.

Summary

Charismatic, elegant and satisfyingly rare, the DS 7 has brought something different to the upper class part of the mid-sized SUV segment and continues to do so in this improved form. It's an interesting confection this, relatively conservative in its overall exterior shaping but extreme and individualistic in its Gallic cabin demeanour. Will there be enough premium segment customers wanting that kind of combination? It'll be interesting to see. Ultimately, we like it most because it feels special - or at least it will for the right kind of buyer. That customer will love the painstaking attention that's been paid to almost every detail of this design. In some respects, the execution isn't perfect - but then, as we've remarked before when reviewing this boutique French maker's products and considering its competitors, there's something rather soul-less and clinical about perfection. The DS brand is about a 'Different Spirit' - a different way to go. Other marques have promised that: with this car though, this one delivers it.

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