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DS 7 Crossback review

What Car? Target Price:£27,435
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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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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The 7 Crossback's starting price is not unreasonable, but for that you get the 1.5 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. It's also predicted to depreciate faster than its established premium rivals, meaning contract hire and PCP finance are actually more expensive.

The copious amount of standard kit should go some way to taking the sting out of the initial purchase price, though. 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 Ultra Prestige model, you also get Active Scan suspension as standard.

And the engines are clean and frugal by class standards. Company car buyers will want to consider the lower-powered diesel engine first, because its CO2 emissions of 107g/km are the range best and a good effort in the wider context of the class. The 2.0 diesel is also efficient next to similar-sized rivals.

Euro NCAP awared the 7 Crossback its maximum of five stars and, relative to most rivals, it scores well in the four individual categories. However, if you want the safest SUV in this class, then look at the Volvo XC60 instead; that car has one of the best adult occupancy scores of any car on sale.

In terms of active safety aids, all 7 Crossbacks come with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning, while blindspot detection, lane-keep assist and drive attention alert are standard on Prestige and Ultra Prestige models. These are optional on Elegance and Performance Line models.

 

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Verdict

A well-equipped, comfortable and practical large SUV, but pricing and interior quality are questionable

  • Spacious and practical
  • Clean engines
  • Good level of standard equipment
  • Interior quality poor in places
  • Pricey against rivals
  • Grabby brakes and so-so handling
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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