New DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 2020 review

We’ve tried SUVs from top rate French manufacturer DS before, however the DS three and DS 7 Crossbacks obtained combined verdicts. However, the electrified editions have now hit the UK market, and they make a lot extra experience than the petrol and diesel models.

Here we’re using the battery-assisted DS 7, which is badged E-Tense. However, whilst the in a similar way named DS three Crossback E-Tense is entirely electric, this large mannequin is a plug-in hybrid. It combines a 197bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol faster that drives the the front wheels with a 108bhp electric powered motor on the rear axle for a complete of 296bhp and (selectable) e-four-wheel drive.
Of all the powertrains on offer, this fits the DS 7 the quality – no longer least due to the fact it brings refinement to suit DS’s top rate aspirations. It’s extraordinarily eager to run on electric powered power, given its 1,900kg weight, and all-electric vary stands at up to forty miles.

Even when the DS 7’s petrol engine does kick in, the e-motor’s 337Nm of torque (37Nm greater than the petrol unit produces, and handy instantly) takes the load off the engine so it doesn’t sound that strained.

Ask for the entirety and the E-Tense will dash from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds, which is as quickly as some warm hatches. That determine highlights how an electric powered motor can improve overall performance as properly as efficiency, and whilst the eight-speed automated isn’t the quickest gearbox, its modifications are often smooth.

DS claims financial system of between 166.2 and 235.4mpg, however as with any plug-in hybrid, how regularly you cost it will have a direct bearing on your efficiency.

With a domestic wallbox presenting 7.2kW to the E-Tense’s 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery, a full cost from empty will take an hour and forty five minutes, which is impressively quick, given the electric powered vary on offer.

The weight of that battery, placed low in the chassis, additionally helps alleviate the bobbly journey you get in the everyday DS 7 Crossback.

As standard, this E-Tense variant is equipped with the Active Scan gadget that makes use of a digital camera to screen the avenue beforehand and alter the suspension accordingly. The set-up isn’t perfect, however the hybrid doesn’t bump and jostle round on again roads pretty as tons as the trendy model. And whilst it’s nonetheless no longer the most settled in some situations, there’s adequate suspension journey and compliance on A-roads, twin carriageways and motorways to hold you and your passengers incredibly nicely isolated.

It’s pretty practical, too, with a 555-litre boot and no drawbacks in contrast with its non-hybrid siblings. There’s a first rate quantity of room in the rear, too.

While the indoors substances are okay, high-quality doesn’t pretty appear up to the equal degree as the charge tag, even if there are some high-quality steel finishes and leather-based trim.

The E-Tense doesn’t go any way to proper the preferred car’s wrongs when it comes to infotainment or ease of use, incidentally. The 12-inch display screen and images on the 12.3-inch digital sprint are fine, however the DS-specific pores and skin is complicated to navigate around, and the tech should be greater responsive.

At least you get plenty of tools for your cash when you select this pinnacle Ultra Prestige trim. Those twin shows are standard, alongside Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, sat-nav, local weather control, LED headlights, heated and ventilated massaging seats, and semi-autonomous adaptive cruise, plus robust protection tech that consists of AEB, lane-keep aid and blind-spot detection, parking sensors, a reversing digicam and keyless operation.

However, even with all of this kit, and no matter the enhancements the E-Tense’s engineering brings, this top-spec plug-in hybrid DS 7 Crossback nonetheless appears pricey.

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