2020 DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 verdict

The DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 is the latest SUV to jump on the plug-in hybrid bandwagon, but is it a good buy?...

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The E-Tense just isn’t as polished as its plug-in SUV rivals. Even if you overlook its sloppy handling, its ride goes from wallowy to crashy in an instant, while the integration of the motors and engine is anything but seamless. The XC60 T8 is significantly more impressive and the Q5 TFSIe is better still.

We could forgive the E-Tense some of its shortcomings if it were cheap, but sadly it isn’t. Compare the entry-level E-Tense to the Q5 TFSIe and you’ll find there’s less than £1500 in it. So, if you are taken by the relative exclusivity and avant-garde design of the 7 Crossback, the much cheaper petrol and diesel versions make far more sense.

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Rated 2 out of 5

2020 DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 Ultra Prestige specification

Price £56,075 Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, petrol, turbo, plus two electric motors Power 297bhp (total system output) Torque 331lb ft (total system output) Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 5.9sec Top speed 149mph Fuel economy 235.4mpg (WLTP) CO2, tax band 33g/km, 16% (NEDC)

Rivals: Audi Q5 TFSIe, Volvo XC60 T8

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