2017 DS 7 Crossback review - verdict

The DS 7 Crossback promises heaps of Gallic charm, but does it have the substa...

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Neil Winn
6 Dec 2016 7:30 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

The 7 Crossback is priced from a not-unreasonable £28,050, but for that you get the lowest powered 1.6-litre 130 diesel engine and a manual gearbox. If you want the more powerful 180 diesel tested here, then you’ll be looking at more than £36,000, which by anyone’s calculations, is a lot of money for an SUV with an unproven badge. So is it worth it?

Well, the copious amount of standard kit should go some way to taking the sting out of the initial purchase price. Rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, keyless start and leather interior trim come on entry-level Elegence trim. And should you take the step up to Performance Line, you also get that impressive Active Scan suspension as standard.

But even when you put equipment to one side, it’s important to note that the 7 Crossback stands as a practical and dynamically capable five-seat SUV. Yes, material quality could well prevent it mixing with more thoroughly premium alternatives, but as an overall package, DS could well have a compelling choice on its hands.

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Rated 4 out of 5

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