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DS DS 9 SALOON

1.6 E-TENSE Performance Line + 4dr EAT8

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 149mph

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DS DS 9 1.6 E-TENSE Performance Line + 4dr EAT8

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    6
  • Handling
    6
  • Comfort
    9
  • Space
    6
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    7
  • Value
    7
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    5
  • Insurance
    6

Large luxurious French saloons have never really found much of a ready market here but this car, the DS 9, could still be significant for its Gallic maker, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

Back in the Sixties, 'DS' stood for executive sector luxury with a then-Citroen-badged model featuring avant garde looks and cutting-edge technology. More than half a century later, there is at last a true successor to that car in this model, the DS 9. DS is, these days, a brand in its own right and its products borrow heavily from technology already used in existing Peugeot and Citroen products, but there's unique innovation too in justification of the historical parallels here. The whole point of forming the DS brand in the first place was to give what used to be called the PSA Group (now Stellantis) the chance to build and sell larger full-executive models that these days, people simply wouldn't choose if they had Peugeot or Citroen badges. This car's importance right now lies not in sales numbers - this model will be a rare sight on our roads - but in the credibility it should give DS as a proper premium brand, rather than a purveyor of tarted-up versions of volume models. So, expectations here are high. Can this car meet them?

Driving Experience

Lots about this DS 9 feels quite unique, but that doesn't apply to the powertrain offering, which is lifted straight from this car's Peugeot 508 cousin. From launch, DS did offer an un-electrified 'PureTech 225' model, but it isn't expected to be available for long. Nor is the front-driven 'E-TENSE 225' plug-in model we chose for our test; this uses an 11.9kWh battery and will shortly make way for an 'E-TENSE 250' derivative with a battery enlarged to 15.6kWh in size. We'll quote the performance figures for that; rest to 62mph in 8.1s and a maximum speed of 149mph - or 84mph in full-electric drive. Your other DS 9 option is the flagship 'E-TENSE 4x4 360' model, which gets an extra motor on the rear axle, creating an All-Wheel Drive powertrain - and a more powerful one. That extra motor, along with an upgrade in tuning for the 1.6-litre engine to 200hp, delivers an output boosted to 355hp. This lowers the rest to 62mph time to just 5.6s en route to a top speed of 155mph, but the usual 38 mile DS 9 driving range figure is unaffected. Whatever variant in the range you choose, there's the usual PSA Group EAT8 8-speed transmission. And there are things you might really like. Refinement, aided by the acoustic glass, is class-leading - really silent, which is a good start. Ride quality is also brilliantly judged, supple without being wafty. And that's in a test car lacking the clever 'DS Active Scan' suspension, which uses a forward-facing camera to prepare the dampers for forthcoming bumps. This is in short, a full-sized Executive saloon with a very Different Spirit.

Design and Build

Though this DS 9 will most directly compete with cars like Audi's A4 and BMW's 3 Series, it's a little larger than saloons of that kind, being 4.93m long and 1.85m wide. It sits on the same stretched version of the EMP2 platform used by the DS 7 Crossback mid-sized SUV - and the Peugeot 508. There's slightly less of a 'Fastback' element to the sweeping silhouette than there is with the 508 - and a great deal more front end presence thanks to a large, diamond mesh chrome-effect grille. This is flanked by chrome headlamp detailing and vertical LED daytime running lights. In a nod to the original Sixties DS, there's also a bit of clever headlamps technology too, in the form of 'DS Active Vision' headlights, which have five separate automatic modes. Another reference to that earlier car comes in the form of unique 'comet-style' indicators at the top of the C-pillars. A chrome strip runs down the centre of the bonnet to the windscreen. Inside, DS hopes to confirm this car's premium status with signature touches like a Nappa leather-stitched dashboard, 'watch strap'-style quilted leather upholstery, leather door handles and an alcantara headliner. The rear seats (like those at the front) can have heating, ventilation and massage functions and the fold-down centre armrest can be used as a control panel and a device charging bay. Plus, with a 2.9m wheelbase, there's a reasonable amount of room to stretch out. Out back, there's a class-leadingly-large 510-litre boot.

Market and Model

It's estimated that this DS 9 will account for just 0.02% of UK new car sales, so if you want rarity, you've got it right here. You'll be almost guaranteed that no one else in your office car park will have one. Customers are only offered a saloon body style; there's no estate available. Still interested? Well if so, you'll next need to know that the brand hasn't been shy with its pricing, evidenced by the fact that at the time of this test in Spring 2022, the version likely to account for most UK sales, this 'Performance Line+' E-TENSE 225 Plug-in variant, cost just over £46,000. This car's PHEV engine and 11.9kWh battery combination, we were told at the time of writing, would shortly be replaced by an upgraded E-TENSE 250 Plug-in powertrain with a larger 15.6kWh battery. 'Performance Line+' is the more affordable of the two spec levels being offered; for £3,100 more, you can stretch to top 'Rivoli+' trim. The all-petrol engine range is straightforward too - or at least in time it will be. At the time of this test, DS was offering an un-electrified entry-level PureTech 225 model, costing from just over £40,000 in 'Performance Line+' trim, but industry sources were telling us that that conventional version of the 1.6-litre turbo engine wouldn't be offered for very long. So it's best to think of the DS 9 range as being a PHEV-only line-up. The starting point from launch was the E-TENSE 225 model we tried, but as we just told you, going forward, this will get replaced by an E-TENSE 250 variant, which shouldn't differ too much from the price we gave you earlier. Go that? Good.

Cost of Ownership

All this car's full-Executive segment Plug-in rivals use larger-capacity petrol engines than the 1.6-litre unit featuring in this DS 9. With that in mind, it'd be a disappointment if this car's efficiency figures weren't class-competitive - as, by and large, they are. The key figure with any PHEV is the CO2 reading, because that of course is what your Benefit-in-Kind tax is going to be based upon. The DS 9 E-TENSE 225 we tried manages a 35g/km figure (it's a best of 41g/km for the faster E-TENSE 4x4 360 model), which means a BiK tax rate of 11% (or 13% for the faster variant). That'll drop, DS promises us, to 26g/km with the 'E-TENSE 250' model which is about to replace the car we drove, equipped with a battery raised in size from 11.9 to 15.6kWh. To give you some class perspective here, a Mercedes E300e records a 35g/km reading, a BMW 530e is rated at 31g/km and the Audi A6 50 TFSIe delivers a 27g/km figure. For fuel saving, the all-electric driving range figure is equally important, rated at up to 38 miles for all DS 9 PHEV variants. For class perspective, that's better than an E300e (35 miles), about the same as a 530e and a bit less than an A6 50 TFSIe (43 miles). That Audi, curiously, records exactly the same top combined cycle fuel figure as all DS 9 plug-ins - 256.8mpg; the 530e only just about crests the 200mpg mark, while the E300e is down at 188.3mpg. Not that these three-figure fuel readings mean anything of course - you'll never achieve anything close to them and we can't imagine how the WLTP cycle testers ever did. Real time readings will probably be somewhere close to those of a conventional unelectrified diesel. But the important thing is that the government believes the all-round efficiency stats, hence the applicable low BiK tax rate, which at the time of this test on this 'E-TENSE 225' model was just £169 a month for a 40% tax payer (or £84 a month in the unlikely event you happen to be rated at 20%).

Summary

It's easy to be cynical about a car that claims to be unique but borrows so much from volume brand engineering. But then, you could say that to some extent of just about any executive contender these days. The DS 9 does at least clothe its familiar mechanicals with an assured slice of Gallic flair. It won't match its key German rivals in terms of drive dynamics (or predicted residual value) but it offers more cabin space and a far greater sense of uniqueness and luxury. For many, that won't be enough. But for the discerning few prepared to invest in what DS calls 'a Different Spirit', a new form of badge equity, this DS 9, will offer a refreshing change from the executive norm.

Driver Convenience

  • 12 inch HD touchscreen
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display
  • 3D connected navigation
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS)
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Driver attention warning
  • DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
  • Extended Traffic sign recognition
  • Front parking sensors
  • Intelligent speed adaptation
  • Lane keep assist
  • Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Speed limit advisor
  • Voice recognition
  • Wireless charging for smartphone

Entertainment

  • 8 speakers
  • Bluetooth hands free and media streaming with USB socket
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Automatic front windscreen wipers
  • Automatic headlights
  • Chrome DS wings
  • Chrome sabre on bonnet with "clous de paris" embossing
  • Chrome window surround
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Door mirrors including reverse gear angle memorisation
  • DS 3D LED rear lights
  • DS active LED Vision headlights
  • Dynamic bending light function
  • E-tense badge on bonnet
  • E-tense monogram on the rear tailgate
  • Electric folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlights
  • Electrochrome door mirrors
  • Follow me home manual lighting
  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
  • Gloss black exterior door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • High beam assist
  • Illuminated aluminium front door sill
  • Laminated side windows
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Scrolling indicators

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Aluminium sports pedals
  • B.R.M R180 timepiece
  • Cloth sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror and ticket holder
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Electric lumbar adjustment
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front central armrest with storage
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Front/rear passenger grab handles
  • Full LED ambient interior lighting
  • Heated front seats
  • Height and depth adjustable steering wheel
  • Massage function for front seats
  • Odour filter
  • Perforated leather steering wheel with performance line stitching
  • Ski hatch
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Welcome lighting

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Child safety lock
  • Driver, front passenger, front lateral and curtain airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Emergency braking system
  • ESP
  • Front and rear isofix mounting points
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear curtain airbags

Security

  • Automatic front doors and boot locking
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Stop/ Start function

Technical

  • DS Active scan suspension

Wheels

  • 19" monaco alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    11.9
  • 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
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    Not Available
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    35
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    33

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 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 Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    157.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    176.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.6
  • Badge Power
    225
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    E-TENSE
  • Coin Series
    Performance Line +
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • 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)
    8.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    225
  • Engine Power - KW
    167
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    300
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3000
  • Top Speed
    149

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Rear
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Spare
    Not Available
  • Wheel Style
    MONACO
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1460
  • Length
    4934
  • Width
    1932
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2079

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    42
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2325
  • Max. Loading Weight
    486
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1200
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1839
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11

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