Test: DS 7 Crossback (2017)
The greatest strength of the DS7 Crossback is its individuality. If you are a fan of prestige SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes GLC, but not so much of a fan that everyone seems to have one, then the DS7 might be right for you. Both on the outside and inside, the DS 7 has a unique art-deco style unlike anything else in the class, giving a truly refreshing feel of individuality. It’s also a spacious and practical family car, and it comes with a luxury kit to help justify the fact that it doesn’t cost less than more established competition.
There is a problem with popularity: ubiquity. Cars aren’t much more popular than SUVs, especially prestige vehicles, and therefore you see them absolutely everywhere. Plus, while there are apparently countless models to choose from, they all look pretty much the same, don’t they?
So if you like the idea of a prestige SUV, but you’re one of those people who like to stand out, what do you do? Well, DS Automobiles might have the answer.
If you don’t know the name, DS Automobiles is owned by the same French company that runs Peugeot, Citroën and now Vauxhall. However, DS differs slightly from its sister brands in that it is the luxurious and prestigious wing of the operation.
As a result, the DS 7 Crossback – a mid-size, five-seat prestige SUV – is the company’s response to popular cars like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. Not that this is where the competition starts and ends, you get the idea. There are literally dozens of cars that could be considered rivals: Volvo XC60, Jaguar F-Pace, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Volkswagen Tiguan, the list goes on.
Yet even in such a crowded market, the DS 7 stands out by a mile. From the outside, the style is unlike anything else in the classroom, and when you step inside you feel even more individual, with shapes and flourishes you won’t see anywhere else.
That said, it still does everything a family SUV needs to do. The cabin is roomy and there is a large trunk, so it’s practical enough to meet the needs of most families, and the generous level of standard equipment means there’s enough comfort on board for everyone. world be happy.
On the road, it is quite comfortable and tidy around the corners, although it is not as good on both scores as the best-in-class cars, regardless of the two suspension setups available.
There is a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which strike a decent balance of performance and economy, but it’s the plug-in hybrid E-Tense version that does best on both fronts, with 300bhp and an official figure of fuel economy. up to 235mpg.
The DS costs the same as many premium (and better) rivals, so it’s not like daring to be different will save you money. Then again, if you like the look of the DS 7 and like the idea of a left-field choice, there’s no reason you shouldn’t.