DS 7 Crossback review

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DS 7 Crossback
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18 Jan 2018 10:28 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:03

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Building a premium brand from the ground up is one of the hardest challenges a car maker can face. With no existing brand loyalty or USP to rely on, manufacturers have to make a powerful statement when they come to market.

But DS, which was formed in 2016 when the PSA Group decided it wanted a premium brand positioned above Peugeot and Citroën, chose neither option. Instead, it relied on a string of rebadged former Citroëns to plump up the range. To no one’s surprise, DS got off to a slow start. Undeterred, this upmarket French brand is back for round two, with the 7 Crossback.

It’s a large SUV and, like a number of its rivals, makes use of a big, stylish front grille, wide air intakes and a high waistline to give a dominating aesthetic. The 7 Crossback is also available with an active suspension system, which comes as standard on more expensive models. Until now, systems like this have only been available on pricier premium models.

The 7 Crossback will do battle with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, as well as the Mazda CX-5. Our review will take you through which engines you should consider and which trims make the most sense.

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There are 4 trims available for the DS 7 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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Elegance
Entry level, but not in terms of standard equipment. Rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, keyless start and le...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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£27,435
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Performance Line
Step up to Performance Line and you get 19in wheels, rear curtain airbags and an aluminium footrest. Included, too, is a larger 12.0in touchscreen, sat-nav and sporty styling touches inside and out...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£30,820
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Prestige
Prestige adds a reversing camera, 19in alloy wheels, wireless smartphone charging (for a compatible phone) and more advanced safety equipment as standard...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£33,820
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Ultra Prestige
Range-largest 20in alloy wheels, Active Scan suspension, an upgraded sound system, an advanced parking system with a 360deg camera and more leather-covered surfaces all come on Ultra Prestige trim...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£43,302
Average Saving £428
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