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2018 (18) DS Ds 7 1.5 BlueHDi Prestige 5dr

Edinburgh Sighthill Citroën / DS

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active blind spot assistBluetooth + USB
Digital instrument clusterDS connect box emergency assist system
DS Connect nav with 12" touchscreen and voice controlFront parking sensors
Lane departure warning systemMirrorLink
Multi function trip computerRear parking sensor
Service indicatorSmartphone wireless charging plate
Speed limit recognitionTraffic sign recognition
Variable PAS 

Entertainment

DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

'Guide me home' headlampsAcoustic windscreen
Active LED Vision headlights with auto high beamAutomatic headlights
Automatic rain sensing wipersBody colour door handles with chrome trim
Body coloured bumpersDark tinted rear windows
Electric adjustable/heated door mirrorsElectrochrome rear view mirror
Gloss black door mirrorsHeated windscreen
High gloss black front grilleInox windows surrounding
LED daytime running lightsLED front fog lights with static cornering light function
LED rear lightsOne touch electric front/rear windows
Rear wiperTrailer stability assist

Interior Features

12V socket60/40 split folding rear seat
Aluminium sports pedalsB.R.M R180 timepiece
Chrome door sill trimsDriver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + illuminated vanity mirrors
DS inspiration rivoli grained leather upholsteryDual zone climate control
Electric folding rear headrestsElectric front cushion extensions
Electric front seatsElectric lumbar support
Front and rear door pocketsFront armrest with storage box
Front cupholders x 2Front head restraints
Front seatback pocketsFront/rear floor mats
Heated front seatsIsofix rear child seat preparation
Lateral storageLeather gear knob
LED ambient lightingMassage function for front seats
Pollen filterPremium leather steering wheel
Rake/reach adjustable steering wheelRear centre armrest with storage compartment
Rear cupholdersSunglasses storage
Variable boot floorVentilated front seats

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS
Active brake assistActive city braking
Curtain airbagsDriver airbag
EBD + Brake AssistElectronic parking brake
ESPFront lateral airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limitersHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assistPassenger airbag
Rear curtain airbagsRear lateral airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring systemWarning triangle and first aid kit

Security

Automatic boot lockingAutomatic door locking
ImmobiliserKeyless entry and start
Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarmRemote central locking + deadlocks

Trim

Claudia and nappa leather dashboard and door panels with stitching 

Wheels

19" Grey anthra diamond-cut Roma alloy wheelsSpace saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.077CO2 (g/km)101
HC+NOx0.054Noise Level dB(A)67
NOx0.035Particles0.0005
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Cylinders - Bore (mm)75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)84.8Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)72.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)80.7EC Urban (mpg)64.2

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power130
Coin DescriptionBlueHDiCoin SeriesPrestige
Generation Mark1Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0723E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %91NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %73
NCAP Safety Assist %76Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.8Engine Power - BHP130
Engine Power - KW96Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3750Engine Torque - LBS.FT221
Engine Torque - MKG30.6Engine Torque - NM300
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed121

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front235/50 R19Tyre Size Rear235/50 R19
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleROMA
Wheel Type19" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1620Height (including roof rails)1625
Length4595Wheelbase2738
Width1895Width (including mirrors)2098

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight2030
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1752Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)555
Max. Loading Weight610Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked745Minimum Kerbweight1420
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

DS 7 Crossback

If you want a premium mid-sized SUV in the current market, you're not short of choice. But there's nothing quite like this, the DS 7 Crossback, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Ten Second Review

As the DS brand points out, beyond the motor industry, three of the world's top five luxury brands are French. Why shouldn't Gallic style be equally desirable when it comes to cars? Perhaps it will be with this one, the first of the company's very own designs, the DS 7 Crossback premium mid-sized SUV.

Background

Under the skin of this DS 7 lies much that's shared with mid-sized Peugeots and Citroens, but it's all been covered with a thick sheen of Gallic gloss that could represent a refreshing alternative to the Teutonic ambiance that tends to dominate amongst premium mid-sized SUV models of this sort. There's a few signs of classic DS innovation here too. Given the marque's heritage in pioneering suspension technology, it's appropriate that the highlight is a camera-driven active damping system that sets new standards in this sector, recognising bumps and road undulations before you even reach them. Features like adaptive headlights and a 'DS Connected Pilot' package that gives you 'level 2' autonomous driving will be more familiar to buyers looking at the latest models of this kind, but this Crossback aims to set itself apart with a uniquely sumptuous, tactile interior. The idea is to bring a bit of Louis Vuitton and Chanel to the mid-sized premium segment. Like the sound of that? Then maybe you ought to join us in checking out what's on offer here. Let's put this car to the test.

Driving Experience

And on the road? Well at last with this DS 7 Crossback model, we've got a car from this brand that rides as a DS model should. The company has a history of supple springing that goes all the way back to the original Fifties DS saloon with its ground breaking hydropneumatic suspension. This car hasn't anything quite as complex as that, but its 'DS Active Scan' camera-driven active damping set-up does set fresh class standards, able to anticipate bumps and undulations before you even get to them, allowing the Crossback to waft over things like potholes and speed humps with silken ease. The DS 7 is at its best when you're wafting along and enjoying this Gallic model's more relaxed approach to life. Something you'll be better equipped for if, like most DS 7 buyers, you opt for the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 diesel powerplant we tried. Like all the conventional engines fitted to this car, it drives only through the front wheels. As for the other engines on offer, well at entry-level, there are two 130hp options, a PureTech petrol unit and a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel. Further up the range sit auto-orientated 'PureTech 180' and 'PureTech 225' derivatives, both of which use versions of the same 1.6 THP petrol turbo powerplant. Across the line-up, you can get an optional 'Grip Control' system that optimises front wheel grip for light off road use. There's also a plug-in hybrid derivative, the E-TENSE 4x4. Here, 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.

Design and Build

The overall styling concept here isn't too dramatic, but the detailing is certainly very nicely done, particularly at the front end, the look of which was inspired by the avant garde 'DS Divine' concept car of 2014. We particularly like the exotically intricate 'DS Active Vision' LED headlamps, which emit a purple light when the car is unlocked, before pivoting by 180-degrees - in a nod to the original Fifties DS model's clever swivelling front lights. The brand saves its boldest flourishes though, 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. 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. And, like the 12-inch instrument binnacle TFT monitor, can be configured via a 'DS Sensorial Drive' feature to display its information in shades of either Cashmere or Titanium. 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. And there's a decently-sized 555-litre boot.

Market and Model

DS 7 Crossback pricing ranges from around £32,000 to nearly £56,000. There are three trim levels - 'Performance Line', 'Prestige' and 'Ultra Prestige' - which feature distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian districts. All mainstream models come only in front-driven form. The core DS7 line-up is built around three petrol engines and two diesels. Those shopping at the bottom of the range can ask their dealer about a 130bhp 1.2-litre PureTech petrol powerplant, but are more likely to opt for the 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel unit which can only be paired with manual transmission. There are also two versions of the older-tech 1.6-litre THP petrol turbo engine that PSA Group brands have been using for some time, here badged PureTech 180 and PureTech 225, the figures designating engine outputs. A significant number of buyers though, are going to want a diesel and if they can afford to stretch beyond the 1.5-litre BlueHDi entry-level unit just mentioned, then the powerplant they're likely to want is the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine we tried - that's if they're not put off by the fact that it costs nearly £5,000 more with an equivalent level of trim. To be fair, that premium does get you automatic transmission: this top diesel unit, like the top petrol engine, has to come with a self-shifter. But it does still mean that for a 'Performance Line' BlueHDi 180 version of this model, you'll be needing a budget in the territory of £38,000. You'll need a budget of around £50,000 if you want the E-TENSE 4x4 plug-in hybrid petrol variant.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the exact WLTP figures that the DS 7's various engines can produce, all of which are helped by the light weight of this car's underlying EMP2 PSA Group platform. The base 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 manual diesel model manages 54.1mpg on the combined cycle and up to 102g/km in manual form. To give you some extra class perspective on that, a base diesel Jaguar E-PACE can't match that, a legacy of the fact that that smaller rival model is over 350kgs heavier. With the older-tech 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 diesel engine we tried, this DS model's advantage over its rivals isn't quite as pronounced, but it's still impressive given the size and interior space on offer. With this variant, up to 48.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 113g/km of CO2 is possible. The petrol models also put in a strong showing, especially the three cylinder 1.2-litre entry-level PureTech 130 variant, which in manual form manages up to 46.0mpg on the combined cycle and up to 120g/km of CO2. Even the top PureTech 225 petrol turbo variant delivers up to 40.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 125g/km - not bad for a high performance automatic luxury mid-sized SUV capable of over 140mph. With the E-TENSE 4x4 plug-in variant, 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. What else? Well, there's the usual unremarkable three year/60,000-mile warranty and service intervals are every year or every 20,000 miles with normal usage or every year or 12,500 miles if the car is regularly driven in an arduous conditions.

Summary

Charismatic, elegant and satisfyingly rare, the DS 7 Crossback does indeed bring something different to the upper class part of the mid-sized SUV segment. It's an interesting confection this, relatively conservative in its overall exterior shaping but extreme and individualistic in its Gallic cabin demeanour. Will there be enough premium segment customers wanting that kind of combination? It'll be interesting to see. Ultimately, we like it most because it feels special - or at least it will for the right kind of buyer. That customer will love the painstaking attention that's been paid to almost every detail of this design. In some respects, the execution isn't perfect - but then, as we've remarked before when reviewing this boutique French maker's products and considering its competitors, there's something rather soul-less and clinical about perfection. The DS brand is about a 'Different Spirit' - a different way to go. Other marques have promised that: with this car though, this one delivers it.

Performance
70%
Handling
60%
Comfort
80%
Space
90%
Styling
90%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

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** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Edinburgh Sighthill Citroën / DS

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