If you want petrol power for your premium SUV, the 7 Crossback is certainly worth a look. Its list price is very competitive against those of rivals, and while PCP deals may not be quite such good value, you should spend less money on fuel for this car than Volvo and Audi petrol alternatives. Just remember that those competitors offer superior performance and are generally more rounded cars compared with the 7 Crossback. The Puretech 225 petrol engine doesn’t solve the 7 Crossback’s other shortcomings, either; it’s still not great to drive, the infotainment system is frustrating and the boot isn’t the biggest in the class.
On balance, the BlueHDi 180 diesel option will make sense to more buyers, offering better low-end pull and superior fuel economy. That said, the petrol version is still impressive, cheaper to buy and its claimed fuel economy is actually quite close to that of the diesel model, so we can see how it could still make sense to low-mileage drivers. Overall, though, while the 7 Crossback certainly has niche appeal in the segment, this petrol option doesn’t push it any closer to the mainstream.
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DS 7 Crossback 1.6 Puretech 225
Price £34,990 Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, petrol Power 223bhp at 5500rpm Torque 221lb ft at 1900rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 8.3sec Top speed 141mph Official economy 47.9mpg CO2, tax band 135g/km, 28%
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