2017 DS 7 Crossback reader test team review

This rival to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 will go on sale early next year, priced from around Β£30,000. Will any of our readers be buying it?

Words ByKris Culmer

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When Toyota launched its luxury sister brand, Lexus, in 1990, it didn’t take long for it to join the mainstream. However, the same idea hasn’t yet borne fruit for Nissan’s Infiniti.

CitroΓ«n’s offspring, DS, currently relies on its hatchback, the 3, but it aims to truly emulate Lexus with this new DS 7 Crossback SUV, which it says β€œcombines the latest technological innovations with Parisian luxury know-how”.

Features include Active Scan suspension, which analyses the road ahead and then prepares accordingly – a system until now unique to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury car – and Active LED lights with six adaptive modes. Inside, DS claims lots of space, high-quality materials and an β€œobsession for detail”.

A choice of three petrol and two diesel engines will be offered when deliveries begin at the start of next year, with a plug-in hybrid joining them in 2019.

We've brought a team of our readers to give us their opinions on whether the 7 Crossback is a worthy alternative to other large SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

**Read more: DS 7 Crossback full details

Daniel Strello

Age: 24 Job: Designer Drives: Volkswagen Scirocco

"β€œI used to own a CitroΓ«n, so I’m interested to see what DS can do at the premium end of the market; it seems to be going for a more crafted, individual offering than rivals such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

β€œThe 7 Crossback’s exterior is very modern looking. The thought that’s gone into the details, such as the design of the LED lights, which can swivel and β€˜blink’ when you unlock the car, the alloy wheel options and the paint colours, is great. This matt-effect Cumulus Grey paint reflects particularly well on the maroon interior.

β€œThe leather has quality stitching, the plastics don’t feel cheap and the buttons and switches well made. It’s great that DS is offering four trim levels, each with an interior β€˜ambience’ reflecting a different style.

β€œI’m 6ft 2in tall and found head and leg room good all round, particularly in the back, and I like the panoramic sunroof, especially because you can actually open it.”

Rated 4 out of 5

Find out what our other two readers thought of the 7 Crossback on the next page.

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