DS 7 (2022) review: possibly the nicest SUV you’ll never buy

Exclusivity guaranteed, because you are probably the only one in your village who buys the renewed DS 7. Unless the big French SUV breaks through after five years…

1. What is striking about the renewed DS 7?

The renewed DS 7 has undergone a lot of external changes, which must be found especially in detail. The new daytime running lamps in particular catch the eye, reminiscent of net curtains fluttering in the winter on a balmy summer evening. The grille has become larger and has a slightly sharper line, and the headlights (optional pixel LED) have been given a tighter shape. At the rear, the designers have screwed smaller sized light units into the cover, while the full brand name is now spelled out in block letters in the black bar between the lights.

Inside, everything seems to have stayed the same. Most important changes are due to the multimedia system. That has the same 12-inch screen in the center console, but works on new software. Not only has the functionality improved, the response speed is also completely up to date. Furthermore, the interior of the DS 7 remains an oasis of luxurious materials and refined detailing, although the abundance of diamond shapes should have been a bit more subtle in our opinion.

The renewed DS 7 is only sold as a plug-in hybrid in the Netherlands. There are three power variants: in addition to the already known versions with 225 and 300 hp, a 360 hp version has now been added to the price list. We already know that from the genteel DS 9 E-Tense and the sporty Peugeot 508 HYbrid 4 360 PSE.

2. What’s good about the DS 7 (2022)?

The DS 7 is a technology warehouse on wheels. The powertrain of the DS 7 E-Tense 360 ​​4×4 consists of a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 200 hp, which works together with two electric motors. When all three engines are in perfect harmony, it produces 360 hp and 550 Nm of torque. And with that, the DS 7 is astonishingly fast. From 0 to 100 takes only 5.6 seconds, but especially during intermediate accelerations, the 1,885 kilos of French prosperity do not stop. The DS 7 has a battery pack on board with a capacity of 14.2 kWh, good for an electrical range of 57 kilometers. This makes the DS 7 perhaps not a frontrunner in its class, but with CO2 emissions of 40 grams per kilometer, it is eligible for the half rate on the road tax.

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DS Automobiles delivers the DS 7 with a beautifully finished interior and a rich equipment. Especially if you opt for a version with 300 or 360 hp in a more luxurious equipment variant. Leather upholstery, a complete arsenal of safety features, pixel-led headlights, adaptive dampers, adaptive cruise control and semi-autonomous assistance systems, a comprehensive audio system and even a night vision assistant, you can’t imagine it being delivered on the DS 7. And that makes the car very desirable.

3. What could be done better with the DS 7?

A brain teaser, this question. Because the DS 7 does a lot of very well. In order to give a sensible answer to the ‘what could be better’ issue, the automatic association with Citroën comes to the fore again. Does the intended customer understand the DS Automobiles brand, and is the DS 7 distinctive enough? In any case, it is not the qualities of the car that stand in the way of a definitive breakthrough. The fairly high pricing is also easily substantiated by the complete standard equipment.

4. When will the DS 7 come to the Netherlands, and what is the price?

The new DS 7 will be available at the DS Stores at the beginning of November. The SUV comes in three power variants. The E-Tense 225 has a starting price of 53,540 euros, the DS 7 E-Tense 300 4×4 starts at an amount of 59,040 euros. In both cases we are talking about the basic Bastille version.

The new top model, the E-Tense 360 ​​4×4, can be packed for 68,940 euros. Then you have the car in the equipment Rivoli. Like the even more luxurious Opéra version, it can be combined with all three engine variants. In the DS 7 E-Tense 360 ​​4×4 La Première you will not be short of anything, but then you will pay 77,540 euros. There are also two more sporty-oriented versions, the Performance Line (225 and 300 hp) and the Performance Line+ (all three power variants).

5. What do I think of the renewed DS 7 (2022)?

It’s not the first time I’ve been behind the wheel of the DS 7. And I can remember the first time that I was very impressed with the suspension comfort and all the technological gadgets. Nothing has changed after the facelift of the DS 7. A wonderfully driving car, which feels a bit bigger than it actually is, but steers razor-sharp and certainly with the new 360 hp powertrain on board, very good performance. So all the lights are green to start saving for a DS 7? Well, I don’t want to go that far. You pay at least almost 70,000 euros for the version with 360 hp, and for that money there are so many other goodies for sale. How about a nicely decorated Mercedes C 300e Estate with an electric range of more than 100 kilometers, or an even more powerful Volvo XC60 T6 Recharge? Even though the new DS 7 is definitely a success, the intended clientele has a lot more choice. And thus exclusivity is guaranteed…

Source: Autoreview.nl by www.autoreview.nl.

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