The 7 Crossback's starting price is not unreasonable, but for that you get the lowest powered 1.5-litre diesel engine and a manual gearbox. If you want the more powerful 2.0 diesel or a petrol, you'll be looking at considerably more money. Enough to place it uncomfortably close to some very strong premium SUV competition.
The copious amount of standard kit should go some way to taking the sting out of the initial purchase price. Rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, keyless start, a leather steering wheel and a leather gearlever all feature on entry-level Elegance trim. And should you step up to the 2.0 diesel, the 222bhp petrol (apart from in Performance Line trim) or any engine with Ultra Prestige trim, you also get Active Scan suspension as standard.
And the engines are at least clean and frugal by class standards. Company car buyers will want to consider the lower-powered diesel engine first, as its CO2 emissions of 107g/km are the range best and a good effort in the wider context of the class.
DS may have premium aspirations, but the 7 Crossback depreciates more heavily than established rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5. That means DS finance deals often aren't as competitive, either.
Euro NCAP has crash tested the 7 Crossback and awarded it the maximum five stars. Although the 7 Crossback can’t quite match the Q5 and GLC for adult occupant protection, it does beat both in the safety assist category. It’s also slightly ahead of the Q5 for child occupant protection, if not quite as good as the GLC’s score.
All models get automatic emergency braking and a lane departure warning, while blindspot detection, lane-keep assist and a drive attention alert is standard on Prestige and Ultra Prestige models. This is optional on Elegance and Performance Line models.
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