This is my next meeting with DS 7 Crossback and I always have a set of defects of this car, after a while a strange nostalgia appears and all the annoying features cease to be important. This is not a perfect car and it is far from such a name, but there is no denying that the French proposal from the premium segment has something attractive and plays on the emotions a little. How does the more powerful DS 7 Crossback perform in everyday use and does the plug-in mix make sense?
The DS 7 Crossback is technically related to the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel Grandland, but it must be admitted that the DS proposal looks better. The car has been on the market since March 2017, but it still makes an impression and looks simply stunning. It is true that the DS 9 (recently tested) and DS 4 have appeared recently and are gathering a lot of praise for the design, but the hero of this test does not have things that arouse admiration. In fact, the headlights and the amazing spectacle they play when starting the car (as well as opening / closing after dark) are still more impressive. The tail lamps also have nice interior graphics and are eye-catching. Up front, there are also vertical LED daytime running lights that match well with the three LED squares on the headlights. There was also a lot of chrome in various parts, front and back. The sideline also looks good, there’s no shortage of nice accents and embossing, although the retractable and auto-extending handles are a bit lacking.
The interior of the DS 7 Crossback is similar to the DS 9. A wide console hides the cup holders, a small room for example keys or small items, a gear lever known from other models and two rows of stylized switches for opening the windows, closing the medium. , etc. It looks very good. Above it is a wide screen of the infotainment system, and a little higher there is a button to start the car and the BRM clock, which disappears when the ignition is turned off. The test copy had a basic package and leather upholstery, which had rhomboidal stitching on the seats, panels in front of the driver and door panels. There are optional packages with leather upholstery, which – in my opinion – does not have such attractive stitching. In front of the driver’s eyes, of course, the standard clock panel landed. Everything is perfectly packed, made of very nice materials, but I have a feeling that the DS 9 was better, especially in the lower parts of the central tunnel.
There is certainly a lot of space and comfort, although ergonomics is not the biggest advantage of the DS 7 Crossback. The engine start button is very high and far away, and in addition, after pressing the button, you need to hold it for 2 seconds for the engine to start. The same delay is when turning off the car. It’s a little annoying. You also need to get used to the location of the window switches and central locking. The hazard lights button is at the very bottom of the window at the bottom of the screen. The small mirror control panel, in turn, is located under the left vent behind the steering wheel, so setting the mirrors takes a few tries. Well, aesthetics and original style are governed by their own rules. The trunk volume is a respectable 555 liters, and with the rear seats folded down, the space increases to 1752 liters.
I recently tested a DS 9 with the base 1.6 PureTech 224 hp petrol engine equipped with Performance Line+. It was the basic model in the version (then) and in my opinion, one of the best. The engine coped well with a limousine of almost 5 meters, it had a good fuel consumption and range that was provided by a standard 62-liter tank. Of course, there was no question of sports feelings or power measurements with German competitors, which under the hood can hide V6 or larger units and wheel drive. In the DS 7 Crossback with the top drive unit, namely the plug-in hybrid 1.6 E-Tense with 300 HP and 4×4 drive, there is more reasoning, at least on paper. The 300 hp power from the 1.6 PureTech engine and the two electric motors that support it, in conjunction with the 8-speed automatic gearbox, accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 220 km / h h. Looks good, how does it work in practice?
For normal operation it is fine. The driver is smooth, the gearbox works flawlessly, fuel consumption is not impressive – 7-9 l / 100 km on the road (120-140 km / h) and 9-11 l / 100 km in the city – but this is. quite common in SUVs with plug-in drive. It’s worse during power tests, when we want to get everything from storage. Although the motor responds effectively to commands given with the right leg, it does so with undisguised resistance and reluctance. At the same time, the combustion unit emits an unhappy cry and, despite the help from the electric units, the acceleration seems to be less involved. In fact, I give up the habit of cornering, because the DS 7 Crossback has a more comfortable nature. In Sport mode, everything is hard, but does not encourage aggressive driving. I used this mode once. That was enough for me.
The car works best in the default mode – Hybrid – and Comfort. In the end, the DS Active Scan suspension with sensitivity enters the stage, which, using a camera, examines the surfaces in front of the car and adjusts the characteristics of the shock absorber to the unevenness of the road. Of course, it does not work as pleasantly and efficiently as the air suspension, but it simulates it quite successfully and provides very high comfort. So why use Game Mode? This method is because it is convenient, but I doubt that anyone uses it very often. Aggressive driving does not suit this car.
The DS brand is systematically reducing the choice of standard units and focusing on hybrid versions of the E-Tense. We will buy the cheapest DS 7 Crossback for PLN 218,900 and it will be a Bastille+ equipped variant with a 1.6 E-Tense 225 4×2 drive. You will have to pay at least PLN 236,900 for the top variant of the 1.6 E-Tense 300 4×4. The Rivoli test variant with the most powerful drive costs at least PLN 261,900, and the Louvre variant at PLN 280,300 is even higher. After adding many extras, the price will exceed PLN 300,000.
DS 7 Crossback is a beautiful, comfortable and completely original car for an individual who does not care about the presence of strong competition in the market. If someone resists the magic of the stamp and chooses the French proposal, he will get a car of extraordinary beauty. The problem is that when spending even PLN 300,000, most people are guided by common sense, and this shows that in the showroom of Mercedes, Audi or BMW you can find a lot of interesting opinions, although maybe not interesting recommendations.
DS 7 Crossback – advantages:
- beautiful and unique style;
- spacious, comfortable and natural interior;
- good and good equipment;
- high travel comfort;
- great suspension
- lovely car and quiet ride…
DS 7 Crossback – wady:
- … but the dynamics and work culture at a fast pace are average;
- only hybrids with a small tank (43 liters);
- very dangerous competition with a well-known stamp.
Comparison of DS 7 Crossback 1.6 E-Tense 300 HP 4×4 (AT8) to selected competitors:
|DS 7 Crossback 1.6 E-Tense 300 KM 4×4 (AT8)||Mercedes-Benz GLC 2.0 300 and 320 KM (AT9)||BMW X3 2.0 30e 292 KM (AT8)|
|Price (PLN, total)||of 236,900||from 239,100||of 255,000|
|Body type/number of doors||crossover/5||crossover/5||crossover/5|
|Track width front/rear (mm)||1621/1598||1621/1617||1616/1632|
|Wheel base (mm)||2738||2873||2864|
|Ignition volume (l)||555/1752||395/1445||450/1500|
|the number of seats||5||5||5|
|Empty weight (kg)||1825||1955||1990|
|Fuel tank capacity (l)||43||50||50|
|Actual battery capacity (kWh)||13,2||9,3||11,2|
|Type of Oil||Benzine (PHEV)||Benzine (PHEV)||Benzine (PHEV)|
|Transmission type/number of ratios||automatic, 8-speed||automatic, 9-speed||automatic, 8-speed|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)||6,5||5,7||6,1|
|Top speed (km/h)||220||230||210|
|Battery range (km)||58||44||50|
|Fuel consumption (l/100km)||1.3 (WLTP)||2 (WLTP)||2 (WLTP)|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||31||45||451|