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DS DS 7 CROSSBACK HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION

2.0 BlueHDi La Premiere 5dr EAT8

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency57.60mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed134mph

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth + USB
  • Driver alert system
  • DS connect box emergency assist system
  • DS Connect nav with 12" touchscreen and voice control
  • Front parking sensors
  • Handsfree power boot opening and closing
  • Lane departure warning system
  • MirrorLink
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Service indicator
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate
  • Speed limit recognition
  • Variable PAS
  • Wifi hotspot preparation

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • DS Active scan suspension

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB/iPod connection

Exterior Features

  • 'Guide me home' headlamps
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Active LED Vision headlights with auto high beam
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Automatic rear wiper
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Dark tinted windows
  • Electric heated folding door mirrors
  • Electro-chrome auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Heated windscreen
  • High gloss black front grille
  • Inox roof rails
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
  • LED rear lights
  • One touch electric front/rear windows
  • Trailer stability assist
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes

Interior Features

  • 4 way adjustable front head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Aluminium footrest
  • Aluminium sports pedals
  • Bi-tone Black and Art rubis leather steering wheel
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Electric adjust driver's seat
  • Electric lumbar support
  • Electric passenger seat
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Heated seats and memory function
  • Illuminated front 12V power point
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Leather gear knob
  • Massage function for front seats
  • Nappa leather dashboard
  • Nappa leather door panels
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Pollen filter
  • PolyAmbient interior lighting
  • Rake/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Rear cupholders
  • Rear headrests
  • Ski flap through loading
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Ventilated front seats

Packs

  • Advanced safety pack - DS 7
  • Connect pilot pack - DS 7
  • Modularity pack - DS 7

Passive Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Active city braking
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver airbag
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag
  • Rear curtain airbags
  • Rear lateral airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Automatic boot locking
  • Automatic door locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks

Wheels

  • 20" black diamond-cut Paris alloy wheels
  • Space saver spare wheel

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    128
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    200
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    169

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1997
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    57.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Yes
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    64.2
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    50.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    6.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    42.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    40
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    49.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    37.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    43.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    180
  • Based On ID
    82633
  • Coin Description
    BlueHDi
  • Coin Series
    La Premiere
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    31E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    73
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    76
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    180
  • Engine Power - KW
    130
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    134

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Spare
    SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style
    PARIS
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1620
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1625
  • Length
    4570
  • Wheelbase
    2738
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1895

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    55
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2115
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1752
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    555
  • Max. Loading Weight
    580
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1535
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.5

If you want a premium mid-sized SUV in the current market, you're not short of choice. But there's nothing quite like this, the DS 7 Crossback, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Background

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.

Driving Experience

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. There are also a pair of plug-in E-TENSE PHEV hybrid derivatives paired with a 13.2kWh battery. The E-TENSE 225 is front-driven and uses a 180hp petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor. The E-TENSE 4x4 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.

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 £32,000 to nearly £56,000. There are three trim levels - 'Performance Line', 'Prestige' and 'Ultra Prestige' - which feature 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 'Performance Line' BlueHDi 180 version of this model, you'll be needing a budget in the territory of £38,000. You'll need a budget of around £50,000 if you want the E-TENSE 4x4 plug-in hybrid petrol variant.

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 manual diesel model manages 54.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 102g/km in manual form. To give you some extra class perspective on that, a base diesel Jaguar E-PACE can't match that, a legacy of the fact that that smaller rival model is over 350kgs heavier. With the older-tech 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 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, up to 48.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 113g/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 in manual form manages up to 46.0mpg on the combined cycle and up to 120g/km of CO2. Even the top PureTech 225 petrol turbo variant delivers up to 40.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 125g/km - not bad for a high performance automatic luxury mid-sized SUV capable of over 140mph. With the E-TENSE 225 Plug-in derivative, there's a WLTP driving range of up to 34 miles. WLTP emissions are rated at up to 31g/km and WLTP combined fuel consumption is rated at up to 201.8mpg. For the 300hp E-TENSE 4x4 plug-in variant, there's a 31 mile WLTP-rated electrified driving range. The WLTP mixed fuel consumption figure is rated at 128mpg. And the WLTP CO2 reading is 33g/km. 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.

Summary

Charismatic, elegant and satisfyingly rare, the DS 7 Crossback does indeed bring something different to the upper class part of the mid-sized SUV segment. 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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