Space & practicality

DS 7 Crossback review

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DS 7 Crossback
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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

DS has got space and practicality right in the 7 Crossback. There's loads of room around the front for tall adults, while the rear seats offer decent leg room, so even six-footers should find it comfortable. If you avoid the panoramic roof, there's lots of head room, too. Our only complaint is that the floor in the back is quite high, forcing you into a mildly awkward seating position with your knees quite high. However, there’s no central hump in the floor for the middle passenger to straddle, making it much better for three in the back than an Audi Q5.

The door bins are a reasonable size and carpeted to avoid your stuff from clattering around. In front of the gearlever is a useful cubby that can wirelessly charge a compatible smartphone. This is standard on Prestige and Ultra Prestige models, but optional on other trims. Between the front seats is a giant cubby topped with an armrest. This is both comfortable and cavernous, and makes up for the tiny glovebox.

You get a variable boot floor for some added flexibility and 555 litres of luggage space with the seats up. But while that figure may appear better than many of its rivals, when we tried loading carry-on suitcases on board we could only fit in seven due to the slanting design of the tailgate. Compare that with the eight we fitted in a Volvo XC60 and nine in a Q5; you might find that you're forced to pack light for a holiday.

Unlike some rivals, including the Q5, you can't add sliding or reclining rear seats to improve rear space and passenger comfort when required, and the rear seats split only 60/40, rather than the more useful 40/20/40 arrangement that the BMW X3 comes with as standard.

 

DS 7 Crossback
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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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