DS 7 Crossback Review 2022

DS 7 Crossback At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
While the DS 7 does a decent job in most areas, it competes in a class where the very best cars do an exceptional job in every area, and it simply can’t match them on all-round ability.

+Most come with clever Active Scan Suspension that reads the road ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly.

-Looks a bit peculiar. Noisy diesels. Not as good as rivals in many areas. Active Scan Suspension is less effective than deeper profile tyres.

New prices start from £42,400
Insurance Groups are between 21–39
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

The greatest strength that the DS7 Crossback has to offer is its individuality. If you’re a fan of prestige SUVs like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, but not so much of a fan of the fact that everyone seems to have one, then the DS7 could be right up your street. On both the outside and the inside, the DS 7 has unique art-deco styling that’s like nothing else in the class, giving a genuinely refreshing sense of individuality. It’s also a spacious and practical family car, and it comes stuffed with luxury kit to help justify the fact that it doesn’t cost any less than the more established competition.

There’s a problem with popularity: ubiquity. Cars don’t get much more popular than SUVs, especially prestige ones, and as a result, you see them absolutely everywhere. What’s more, while there are seemingly countless models to choose from, they all look pretty much the same, don’t they?

So, if you like the idea of a prestige SUV, but you’re one of those people who likes to stand out from the crowd, what do you do? Well, DS Automobiles might have the answer.

If you’re not familiar with the name, DS Automobiles is owned by the same French company that runs Peugeot, Citroen, and now Vauxhall, too. DS is slightly different to its sister brands, though, in that it’s the luxurious, prestige wing of the operation.

As a result, the DS 7 Crossback - a mid-size five-seat prestige SUV - is the company’s answer to popular cars like the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. Not that this is where the competition begins and ends, you understand. There are literally dozens of cars that could be considered rivals: Volvo XC60, Jaguar F-Pace, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Volkswagen Tiguan, the list goes on and on.

Yet, even in such a crowded marketplace, the DS 7 stands out a mile. From the outside, the styling is like nothing else in the class, and when you climb inside, it feels even more individual, with shapes and flourishes you won’t see anywhere else. 

That said, it still does all the stuff that a family SUV needs to do. The cabin is roomy and there’s a big boot, so it’s practical enough to suit the needs of most families, and the generous level of standard equipment means there are enough creature comforts on board to keep everyone happy.

On the road, it’s fairly comfortable and tidy enough in the corners, although it’s not as good on either score as the best cars in the class, regardless of which of the two available suspension setups you have.

There’s a wide range of petrol and diesel engines on offer, all of which provide a decent balance of performance and economy, but it’s the E-Tense plug-in hybrid version that does best on both fronts, with 300PS and an official fuel economy figure of up to 235mpg.

The DS costs the same amount as many premium (and better) rivals, so it’s not like daring to be different will save you any money. Then again, if you like the way the DS 7 looks, and you like the idea of a leftfield choice, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t.

Ask Honest John

Is the DS brand going to continue in the UK?
"I've been looking at buying a DS 7 for a few months. I'm concerned that, I've never seen it advertised anywhere and have not seen any on the road. They don't seem to be selling according to classified ads of them. Do you think they're committed to their stated market strategy. Will it be around for much longer?"
The DS brand is still relatively new and, while it might be a small seller in the UK, it's propped up by sales elsewhere - China, for example. The DS 7 was always going to be niche in the UK - premium SUVs from the German manufacturers dominate the market, but the smaller DS 3 Crossback has all the makings of a relatively big seller. I wouldn't be worried about the brand's future - it will be around for a while yet and, if it did pull out of the UK, we expect Citroen dealers would be able to maintain your car.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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