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New DS 7 Crossback vs Audi Q5 vs Volvo XC60

The new 7 Crossback is a crucial model for DS. Can this stylish French car compete with large five-seat SUVs from established premium brands, in the form of the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60?

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Our verdict

The DS 7 Crossback is a creditable package for a brand taking its first foray into the premium SUV market, standing out from the crowd and offering plenty of toys and passenger space. But it has flaws, including its infuriating infotainment, mixed interior quality and relatively pokey boot. And, most importantly, there are better rivals that will cost you significantly less.

One is the Volvo XC60. While we’ve previously criticised its ride, it’s very comfy on 18in alloys and air suspension. The XC60 also has a superb driving position and a well-finished interior, plus it’s one of the safest cars around. It’s just not for you if you want even a little driving fun.

That’s an area in which the Q5 scores. It’s one of the most genial SUVs to stroke along a back road, yet its ride on standard suspension remains reasonable. Add in the general air of refinement and swish interior and you’d be hard pressed not to be impressed.

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1st – Audi Q5

For Tidy handling; best performance; plushest interior; biggest boot

Against Stingiest kit list; least rear seat space; firm ride on standard suspension

Recommended options Air suspension (Β£2000), Rear Bench Seat Plus (Β£350), lumbar adjustment (Β£250)

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Volvo XC60

For Best driving position; soft ride (on air suspension); exceptional safety standards; low finance costs

Against Relatively poor fuel economy; wallowy handling; fiddly infotainment

Recommended options Air suspension (Β£1500), smartphone mirroring (Β£300)

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – DS7 Crossback

For Good high-speed ride; best rear seat space; well equipped

Against Poor infotainment; smallest boot; heavy depreciation

Recommended options Advanced Safety Pack (Β£875), Modularity Pack (Β£150)

Rated 3 out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI 190 quattro SE

Engine size 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

List price Β£38,760

Target Price Β£36,109

Power 187bhp @ 3800-4200rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-3000rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual clutch automatic

0-60mph 8.0sec

Top speed 135mph

True MPG 41.0mpg

Gov't fuel economy 56.5mpg

CO2 emissions 132g/km


Specifications: DS7 Crossback 2.0 BlueHDi 180 Performance Line

Engine size 4cyl, 1997cc, diesel

List price Β£36,335

Target Price Β£35,783

Power 178bhp @ 3750rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 2000rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 9.4sec

Top speed 134mph

Gov't fuel economy 57.6mpg

CO2 emissions 128g/km


Specifications: Volvo XC60 2.0 D4 AWD Momentum

Engine size 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel

List price Β£37,955

Target Price Β£34,890

Power 187bhp @ 4250rpm

Torque 295Ib ft @ 1750-2500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 8.8sec

Top speed 127mph

Gov't fuel economy 55.4mpg

CO2 emissions 144g/km

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