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DS DS 7 CROSSBACK HATCHBACK

1.6 E-TENSE 4X4 Prestige 5dr EAT8

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Key Information

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Co2
Co2 35.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 149mph

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DS DS 7 1.6 E-TENSE 4X4 Prestige 5dr EAT8

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    5
  • Comfort
    8
  • Space
    8
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    7
  • Value
    7
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    9
  • Depreciation
    5
  • Insurance
    7

The DS 7 Crossback offers a different way to go for 'D'-segment luxury SUV buyers. Especially in this plug-in E-TENSE form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

Looking at the various electrified alternatives the current car-buying customer now has on offer, it's sometimes hard not to think that the plug-in hybrid option is arguably the best. Mild hybrid tech doesn't make much difference to overall efficiency figures. And full-electric models still carry the scourge of 'range anxiety'. So being able to plug in to extend the range of a conventional petrol engine with a lithium-ion battery charge makes as much sense now as it did when we first saw plug-in models hit the market, nearly a decade ago. When it comes to SUVs, you'll generally need a mid-sized or larger one to be able to specify plug-in technology. The PSA Group makes a number of the various 'C'-segment SUVs that offer it - cars like hybrid versions of the Peugeot 3008, the Citroen C5 Aircross and the Vauxhall Grandland X. Plus the French conglomerate has also used the same tech for a slightly larger, more luxurious model that sits in the 'D'-segment just above - this car, the DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 4x4.

Driving Experience

Unlike the DS brand's smaller electrified model, the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, this car isn't a full-electric SUV. Instead, a 200hp 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine beats beneath the bonnet, its efforts boosted by a 13.2kWh battery that powers an accompanying pair of 109hp electric motors which together boost total power output up to 300hp. That equates to a useful 450Nm of torque, which is transmitted to the tarmac via an eight-speed auto gearbox. 62mph from rest occupies 6.5s. When fully charged, this car can cover up to 31 WLTP-rated miles in zero emission form, though you won't go anywhere like that far if you explore the possibility for an 83mph all-electric top speed. There are four drive modes available. 'Zero emission' is the default setting, which sees functioning only using its electric motors. More commonly, you'll be running in 'Hybrid mode', which sees the electric motors and the engine efficiently working together. If you're pressing on, you'll use 'Sport' mode, which is engine-only. This is a 4x4 model and if you're off piste, you can make the most of that by engaging a '4WD' setting which activates the rear axle for all-wheel drive. So how does it all work in practice? Well as you might expect, the extra weight of all this electrified kit (around 400kgs) is certainly noticeable once you start pushing along a bit through the corners. But this is really only significantly evident once you start driving the car in a manner that few likely owners never will. Better to throttle back and enjoy the superb ride comfort and refinement and the relaxed, loping refined demeanour that suits this Gallic contender best.

Design and Build

Visual differentiation points setting this E-TENSE variant apart from more conventional models in the range are few. There's special badging. And this electrified variant can be had in this exclusive 'Pearl Crystal' paint shade. That's about it. The brand saves its boldest flourishes for the interior, which is intended to be an extrovert celebration of everything that's cutting edge in French fashion. Alcantara, open-pore wood inlays and leather feature in copious quantities appropriate to the Parisian-themed trim package you've chosen. The 'E' embossed onto the gearbox control is apparently a nod to the DS E-TENSE electric Concept Car Even the techno-fest that must rather incongruously fit in around all of this frippery can't escape the Louis Vuitton treatment. So the super-sized 12-inch infotainment touchscreen that struggles to fit in at the top of the centre stack gets a strange barrel-style crystal-like centre volume dial. Rear seat space is good; even for a six-footer sitting behind quite a lanky front seat occupant, the legroom on offer should be quite sufficient. The backrest reclines from 23 to 32-degrees in rake - electrically on this top model - which is nice for longer journeys. Unfortunately though, there's no sliding mechanism for the seat base, which is a pity. What you can't have with this Plug-in variant is this model line's usual third seating row. In compensation, out back, the boot of this electrified model is exactly the same size as that of a conventionally-engined five-seat model, 555-litres in size. Which is massively better than the restricted 395-litres you'd get in a directly comparable Audi Q5 TFSIe.

Market and Model

The case for plug-in hybrid powertrains can seem quite compelling - or at least it would be if this technology was more affordable. In the case of the DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE, it adds around £9,500 to the cost of an equivalent BlueHDi diesel model, a not insignificant premium. Though when you get right down to it, the cost of this car isn't actually very much higher than Peugeot is asking for the directly equivalent version of its Hybrid 4WD 3008. To be specific, prices for the DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 4x4 start from around £48,000, a sum which buys you the most affordable 'Performance Line' variant. Another £3,000 gets you mid-range 'Prestige' trim. And if you can find just over £56,000, you can get yourself the top 'Ultra Prestige' flagship variant we're trying here. These figures are roughly in line with what you'd pay for direct competitors like Audi's Q5 TFSIe and the Volvo XC60 T8. All versions of this model get big 19-inch wheels and 'DS Active LED Vision' headlamps that adapt to road conditions and feature high beam assist. Inside, also standard are the two large cockpit screens - the 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster and the 12-inch centre-dash infotainment screen that incorporates voice recognition and 'DS Connect Navigation'. Amongst other things, mid-range 'Prestige' models get the clever 'DS Active Scan' suspension system. And an upgraded 'Rivoli' trimming package that uses premium quilted Nappa leather and diamond-shaped decorative features. This top 'Ultra Prestige' variant features a special 'Opera' interior trimming package with a stitched leather dash, a panoramic glass roof, a premium FOCAL HiFi system and larger 20-inch wheels.

Cost of Ownership

As with rival plug-in models in this segment, the efficiency figures here are certainly eye-catching. There's a 31 mile WLTP-rated electrified driving range. The WLTP mixed fuel consumption figure is rated at 128mpg. And the WLTP CO2 reading is 33g/km. The DS engineers reckon that even running the car in its more usual 'Hybrid mode' (whether the engine and the battery work together) you should still average under 50g/km. All of this assumes you keep the car fully charged. If you drift into using it just in petrol-powered form, your returns will drop like a stone. But let's assume you're fully bought into making full use of the electrified tech. On the move, energy is regenerated whenever the driver decelerates or uses the brakes, which extends the battery range. Another function, 'E-SAVE', also allows the driver to save enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 6 or 12 miles of a journey. The map on the centre-dash touchscreen shows to the driver in real time the distance which can be driven in the car's all-electric 'Zero emission' mode or where charging stations are available nearby. This E-TENSE model's battery can be charged in two hours using a 32-amp wall-mounted terminal with a 6.6 kW charger; or in 8-hours with a traditional 3-pin domestic socket. What else? Well, a little annoyingly, the fuel tank is 20-litres smaller than it is in a conventionally-engined DS 7: blame battery packaging for that. Still, enjoy the tech. Through a provided 'MyDS' app, you can programme or switch on charging and follow your car's state of charge on your smartphone. The warranty is an unremarkable three year/60,000-mile package.

Summary

This car will be vanishingly rare. But then so are its direct competitors from Volvo and Audi. Perhaps incredibly, we're still some way from the financial tipping point that sees plug-in petrol engines make more sense than smoky diesels. Which is a pity because cars like this ought to be selling in greater numbers by now. Governments should be incentivising them. And manufacturers should by now have worked out a way to produce the technology more cheaply. But none of this has yet been sorted, so we are where we are. And where we are in this case is in a slightly different space than that occupied by competitor models from Audi and Volvo in this segment. The DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE has a more distinctive feel than those cars. Not one that'll suit everyone, but if you're sold into plug-in tech, want a luxury 'D'-segment SUV and likely the thought of something a little different, then this is where you might like to start your search.

Driver Convenience

  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
  • Electric power steering
  • Multi function on board trip computer
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Service indicator
  • Speed limit recognition and speed warning
  • Wireless charging for smartphone

Entertainment

  • 2 USB sockets in rear
  • Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic, tinted and heated windscreen
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic lighting at car unlocking
  • Body colour door handles with chrome trim
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Defrosting door mirrors
  • Door mirrors including reverse gear angle memorisation
  • DS 3D LED rear lights
  • DS active LED Vision headlights
  • DS inspiration badge on front doors
  • E-tense badge on bonnet
  • E-tense monogram on the rear tailgate
  • Electric folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlights
  • Follow me home automatic lighting
  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
  • Gloss black exterior door mirrors
  • Gloss black front grille
  • High beam assist
  • Inox roof rails
  • Inox windows surrounding
  • Laminated front/rear screens
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
  • Trailer stability control

Interior Features

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
  • Aluminium sports pedals
  • B.R.M R180 timepiece
  • Chrome controls
  • Chromed side markers on front doors with DS Inspiration name
  • Cloth sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror and ticket holder
  • DS inspiration badged front/rear carpet mats
  • E - tense leather gear knob
  • Electric folding rear headrests
  • Electric front cushion extensions
  • Flocked glasses storage on driver side
  • Front and rear door entry sill with DS design
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front central armrest with storage
  • Front closed storage with USB connection point
  • Front double cupholders
  • Front head restraints
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Full LED ambient interior lighting
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Heated front seats
  • Height and depth adjustable steering wheel
  • Massage function for front seats
  • Open storage on driver side
  • Premium leather steering wheel
  • Rear central armrest with storage
  • Rear double cupholders
  • Two rear isofix mounting points

Packs

  • Advanced technology pack - DS 7
  • Electric comfort pack - DS 7 Prestige/ Ultra prestige

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Active brake assist
  • Active city braking
  • Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Emergency braking system
  • ESP
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear curtain airbags
  • Safety kit including first aid kit, yellow vest and Warning triangle
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Automatic front doors and boot locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Stop/ Start function

Technical

  • DS Active scan suspension

Trim

  • Claudia and nappa leather dashboard and door panels with stitching
  • DS Inspiration monogram on the dashboard

Wheels

  • 19" Gloss black onyx diamond-cut London alloy wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    13.2
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    105
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    999999
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    15.6
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Max
    62
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Min
    78
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    58
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Max
    39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Min
    48
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    34
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    36

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.588
  • CO2 (g/km)
    37
  • HC
    0.018
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    69
  • NOx
    0.024
  • Particles
    0.0002
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max
    175
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min
    155
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    199
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    173
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max
    151
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min
    132
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max
    210
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min
    199
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min
    130
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    35
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    39
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    34

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1598
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    85.8
  • Engine Code
    EP6FADTXHP (4x4)
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max
    36.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min
    41.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max
    32.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min
    37.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max
    42.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max
    30.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min
    32.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max
    43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min
    49.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    166.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    188.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    300
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    E-TENSE 4X4
  • Coin Series
    Prestige
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    37E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    300
  • Engine Power - KW
    221
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    384
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    53
  • Engine Torque - NM
    520
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3000
  • Top Speed
    149

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    Not Available
  • Wheel Style
    LONDON
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1620
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1625
  • Length
    4573
  • Wheelbase
    2738
  • Width
    1895
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2098

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    43
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2400
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1752
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    555
  • Max. Loading Weight
    575
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1825
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.45

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