What Car? says...
Fashion, design and good food all spring to mind when we think of France, but what about the DS 7 family SUV? Well, it’s fair to say that it's not as widely recognised as the Eiffel Tower, but perhaps this latest version will get its name tripping off the tongues of more UK car buyers.
Since its original launch, the DS 7 has lost the ‘Crossback’ portion of its name, its trim levels have been shaken up and its engine line-up has been rethought to move with the times. DS is now putting more emphasis on electrification and low emissions.
Read on through this review and we’ll let you know exactly what we think, comparing the DS 7 with those rivals in key areas such as performance, handling, interior quality, comfort and reliability. We’ll also tell you which engine and trim we think makes the most sense for the money.
Then, when you’ve chosen the right make and model for you, don’t forget you can find the best deals on pretty much any new car using our free What Car? New Car Deals pages. They list plenty of new family SUV deals.
We think the DS 7 to go for is the Performance Line+ trim with the E-Tense 225 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) engine. That combination helps to keep costs down while still giving you plenty of standard equipment and a powerful engine that should keep running costs at bay. If you often drive long distances, you might also want to consider the entry-level diesel engine.
The DS 7’s most powerful plug-in hybrid (PHEV) engine – the E-Tense 4x4 360 – gives you four-wheel drive and 355bhp. The entry-level diesel gives you 128bhp, and the two more modest PHEVs deliver 222bhp and 296bhp.
Yes, if you choose the Performance Line+ trim or above. In Rivoli trim, the seats will also be able to give you a massage, while the two top trims also have seat ventilation.
|RRP price range||£36,785 - £62,940|
|Number of trims (see all)||6|
|Number of engines (see all)||4|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||hybrid, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||161.1 - 53.3|
|Available doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£2,261 / £2,503|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£4,523 / £5,007|