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DS7 Crossback (2019): Driving report, prices, plug-in hybrid

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Although D S is a young brand as a classy offshoot of Citroën, it also has h already a hybrid past: until the beginning of 2017 the DS5 was available with a diesel hybrid drive including electric all-wheel drive. The brand, founded in 2015, is now showing a hybrid again: the DS7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4 has a petrol engine under the hood and an electric motor on the rear axle '>

Charging time and power

In contrast to its predecessor, the new DS-Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid that can also be charged from the socket. This is of course quicker via a wallbox: the 13.2 kWh battery with a 32 ampere connection should be able to be charged in 2 hours. At an 8-amp household socket, it takes eight hours until the empty lithium-ion battery is full again. While driving, the battery charges via the electric motor when braking and rolling. The gasoline engine can also generate electricity for charging.

220 hp and 220 km /h

The E-Tense has three engines in total: a four-cylinder gasoline engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters and 200 hp and an electric motor each at the front and rear. The combustion engine is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The front electric motor delivers 110 hp and 337 Nm to the front axle, the one on the rear axle also delivers 110 hp, but comes to 166 Nm. This means that the DS7 has electric all-wheel drive without a mechanical connection between the front and rear axle drives. If all three motors work together, the system generates 220 HP and over 450 Newton meters according to DS. The plug-in hybrid accelerates from zero to 100 km /h in 6.5 seconds. According to the WLTP, the electricity in the 120-kilogram battery should be enough for 50 electrically driven kilometers, while DS specifies the calculated consumption at 2.2 liters per 100 kilometers. That corresponds to 49 grams of CO2 /km. Electrically, the DS7 drives a maximum of 135 km /h, with a combustion engine it reaches 220 km /h.

Plug-in hybrid with 300 hp and all-wheel drive

Even if it only came on in mid-2019 the marketcomes, we were allowed to drive the E-Tense 4x4. Emergency stop switches and measuring equipment on the passenger side and in the trunk provide prototype flair. It starts. We choose the '4x4' mode which lets us run purely electrically. The thrust of the two 80 kW (110 PS) electric motors on the front and rear axles starts gently and allows a maximum of 110 km /h top speed. The DS7 with the 13 kWh battery is supposed to travel 50 kilometers in the standard cycle. But we switch to hybrid mode after just one lap. Now the 200 hp petrol engine is clearly audible and noticeable. Driven by the power of three engines, the DS7 sprints to 100 km /h in around seven seconds. This is fun, especially since the E-Tense circles the course from the start with no slip thanks to all-wheel drive. But the hybrid doesn't like curves either, around two tons of curb weight are clearly noticeable in the tight S-curves.

On course for growth with DS

News from PSA. No, this time it's not about Opel. DS, which until recently was still a name for slightly more noble Citroën, should establish itself as an independent brand and compete with the premium manufacturers. Because where the demands and the prices are slightly higher, the money is earned, as DS boss Yves Bonnefont clearly explains: The premium segment accounts for ten percent of the market, but one third of the profit. The French are also attracted by the growth forecast for the next five years: the overall market is expected to grow by 15 percent, the premium market by 50 percent. The market is growing and it is lucrative: Own models are worth it, especially since the range has ended with the DS5 in the middle class. An SUV - still a growth segment - has so far been missing.

DS7 for the first time in Geneva

That should come with the DS7 Crossback. The SUV premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in early March 2017. With it, DS is targeting Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60. At the same time, the French are asking for a little patience: Although customers were able to order the limited special series “La Premère” online in March, they won't get their car until February 2018.

Is it worth the wait? We took a close look at a pre-production model. From the front, the DS7 looks as confident and powerful as it should be for an SUV: the hexagonal grille and LED light graphics are already familiar from the DS E-Tense study. As soon as the driver opens the car, the LED elements in the headlights turn and light up red.

Simple design, elegant details

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He has space, the DS7 and the quality impression is good.

Good spatial impression during the seat test

In the interior, the DS7 should offer at least as much space as the classy competition. At least in terms of the wheelbase, an important dimension for the interior, the DS lacks seven centimeters at 2.74 meters compared to the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. On the outside, a Q5 is nine centimeters longer, but the DS has installed the engine transversely. The first impression of the room in the 4.57 meter long DS7 is good. In the front you sit comfortably and in a good position in the car. At the back, long-legged people crouch a little too low on the low back seat. There are no problems with knee and headroom. The all-round view is restricted by wide D-pillars.

With elegant details against Audi & Co.

The pre-production model we are sitting in is made with generously laid nappa leather, Alcantara and a Metal look center console gives a high quality impression. Guilloche surfaces are intended to be reminiscent of the look of Breguet watches. The seats with their eye-catching surface also quote the leather straps of expensive watches. The watch of the DS7 - it comes from the French watch brand B.R.M. - sits above the ventilation nozzles and only swivels out when the start button is pressed. With the noble materials, the independent design and the two screens, the DS is clearly different from a Citroën. But the competition is tough, manufacturers like Audi or Volvo know something about noble interiors and it is precisely these brands that DS wants to chase away buyers. At the same time, a DS has to differ from technically identical and cheaper Peugeot and Citroën models.

Internally, the Peugeot 5008 is a possible DS7 competitor: Both SUVs are based on the EMP2 platform and have identical engines and similar in size. But while the Peugeot with a 130 hp three-cylinder is available for 26,700 euros, the cheapest DS7 with the same engine will cost around 30,000 euros. The Peugeot, like the DS, has a 12.3-inch instrument display and an eight-inch touchscreen for infotainment.In addition, the cheaper sister model is more practical: the rear is more angular, the roof is longer, so a third row of seats fits in the trunk. There is no such thing with the DS7. The variability also looks more conventional with folding and tiltable seat backrests.

Cockpit with two screens

Infotainment technology, the DS-SUV looks up to date: Even the basic model gets an 8- and a 12 inch screen. We're sitting in the Opera, which even has two 12-inch screens. Diamond-shaped displays in the 12-inch instrument display indicate speed, engine speed and destination. The central screen can be operated with your fingers, and smartphones can be connected via Android Auto, Apple Carplay and Mirror Link.


The buttons and switches are easily accessible, the right hand falls exactly on the selector lever of the eight-speed automatic. In the base there will be six gears that the driver can shift manually. Metal inlays enhance the center console, they look very valuable despite the pre-series and give the tall center console with its recessed switches a very technical look.

The top diesel with 180 hp costs at least 39,790 euros. 'Chic', 'Be Chic' and 'So Chic' are available as equipment lines.

Where could you get a French SUV, one Experience the French premium brand better than in the French capital? So far so Francophile. So we start our first trip with the new DS7 Crossback in the heart of Paris. Under the hood, the top diesel with 180 hp for at least 39,790 euros. Inside there is French “chic” - that is what the basic equipment line is actually called. The DS7 only becomes really noble with the Opera design package for an additional 7,150 euros. We press the high-placed start button on the center console. Not only does it quietly wake up the four-cylinder diesel engine, but it also lets an analog clock slide out - Très chic. Otherwise it's digital inside. The twelve-inch cockpit display (standard from the second equipment line “Be Chic”) and the 12-inch infotainment system are appealing with their futuristic animations. The operation, via touch fields and mechanical rollers, requires a bit of getting used to, but the system reacts pleasantly swift.

Numerous assistance systems

The navigation system is programmed, we plunge into the infamous Parisian Traffic that is known to follow its own laws. Ideal for getting a first impression of the assistance systems. The adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assistant can be switched on by a somewhat unfortunate lever behind the steering wheel. On the other hand, it works quite harmoniously in dense traffic, only regulates abruptly when cars suddenly move in front of you due to a sudden lane change.

Thanks to the lane departure warning system, which uses a windshield camera to orient itself and detects both lane boundaries, the SUV always stays in the middle the lane and also follows curves independently. The automatic start-stop function is also pleasantly inconspicuous and switches off the diesel when approaching an intersection from 10 km /h and also starts it up quickly.

DS7 chassis with camera support

Open In comfort mode, the SUV bounces pleasantly on the partly cobblestone streets, even if not overly soft, like the hydropneumatics of the old DS. In the DS7, optional camera-based pothole detection ensures good onesWeather conditions so that the adaptive chassis adjusts to the ground - we only know that from the Mercedes S-Class. The DS7 masters the numerous speed bumps with extreme ease. Also otherwise only available in the upper class: infrared-supported night vision devices. The system recognizes 7 crossback pedestrians on the DS and animals in the dark and warns optically and acoustically in an emergency.

We are leaving the capital. A maximum of 130 km /h is allowed on the motorways around Paris. And since it is strictly controlled, we DS believe the specified 215 km /h top speed exceptionally without self-experiment. The two-liter diesel can convince with smoothness and smooth, if not lively power delivery. If necessary, the 1.7-ton DS7 Crossback accelerates to 100 km /h in 9.4 seconds. The noise level remains pleasantly low thanks to acoustic glazing (in a package from 1,300 euros). Nothing else cracks or creaks here either - the premium claim is not an empty promise with the DS7. The comfortable leather seats definitely have long-haul qualities. In addition, the eight-speed automatic (EAT8) works faster and more efficiently than its six-speed predecessor.

Despite sport mode, no dynamic

Dynamics is not the thing of the DS7 . The sport mode doesn't change that either.

On the winding country roads, however, the BlueHDI 180 in the DS7 Crossback is dignified. Because in tight turns and when accelerating hard, the front-wheel drive car has to struggle with slight traction problems as soon as 400 Newton meters of torque are available from 2,000 rpm. In addition, the body likes to wobble around corners and push predictably over the front wheels - dynamism is not the thing of the DS7. The sport mode does not change this either, as it sets the adaptive dampers harder and thus somewhat curbs the rolling movements, but cannot suppress them. The steering now acts more directly, but gives little overall feedback. After all, according to the on-board computer, the diesel only consumed around 7.6 liters.

Our route leads us to the Chateau de Breteuil. Here we switch to the PureTech top petrol engine with 225 hp.This will be available from April 2018 from 38,990 euros, like the diesel exclusively front-wheel drive and with an eight-speed automatic. In combination with the four-cylinder petrol engine, the latter lacks a bit of fine-tuning, which, as we are assured, is due to the lack of fine-tuning of the pre-production model. Otherwise, the only 1.6-liter engine with high revving and subtle sonorous sound is pleasing. However, its front axle is also overwhelmed with spontaneously requested power and likes to pull the steering. With sensitive use of the accelerator, the PureTech pushes the 1,690 kilogram SUV to 100 km /h in 8.3 seconds, significantly faster than the diesel and runs up to 227 km /h.

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