The Citroen DS of the 1950s was one of the most recognisable and iconic cars ever made – and starting around a decade ago, the French company decided to bring some of its magic to the modern car market by relaunching DS as a standalone luxury brand. The DS7 is its largest SUV, built with proven mechanical parts from Citroen under the metal, but featuring luxurious and eye-catching interior and exterior design inspired by Parisian fashion brands. Being a large SUV, it’s also pretty practical and comfortable.
The flagship SUV from the Peugeot-Citroen group’s luxury brand.
Distinctive, high-end design touches inside and out.
Available with petrol, diesel or hybrid power.
Why Lease A DS 7 Crossback?
What’s The DS7 Crossback Interior Like?
How Does The DS7 Crossback Drive?
It’s not available as a 7-seater, but in most other respects, the DS7 is a very practical car. Boot capacity sits at 555 litres regardless of what engine you pick – there’s no practicality sacrifice to be made if you plump for the plug-in hybrid. Fold the seats down and you get a massive 1752 litres to play with, while the rear seats are spacious too, so adult passengers in the back won’t be complaining on longer journeys.
If running costs are a priority, you’ll want to make a beeline for the plug-in hybrid DS7 Crossback, which is known as the E-Tense. The E-Tense 225, with its up-to-177mpg fuel economy, 36-41g/km CO2 emissions and 33-34 miles of pure-electric range, should be more than sufficient for most needs.
The BlueHDi diesel is pretty efficient as well, promising around 50mpg economy for those who regularly do long journeys and can’t charge up a plug-in hybrid at home due to a lack of off-street parking. Finally, there are the PureTech petrol versions, which aren’t inefficient as petrol engines go, but inevitably can’t match the figures of the diesel or the hybrid.
DS7 Crossback Trim Levels
The DS 7 Crossback Vs Competitors
The DS7 Crossback offers a different, distinctly French take on the luxury SUV formula compared to German rivals such as the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC. While it’s not quite as sharp to drive as any of that trio, it instead majors on comfort on the move, along with a designer-fashion-inspired look and layout inside. Keen drivers may not be convinced, but those who like their car to be a style statement will find lots to like here.
As it’s a relatively new brand, consumers may be unsure about the reliability of DS, but many of the components in the DS7 and its other models are shared with cars from Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall, so quality is first-rate.
You can fit 555 litres of luggage in the DS7 Crossback’s boot with all seats in place. That expands to 1752 litres if you fold the seats down. Unlike some competitors, the DS 7 doesn’t lose boot space if you choose the plug-in hybrid or 4-wheel-drive version.
Currently the DS 7 Crossback range starts with the Performance Line, followed by the Performance Line+, Rivoli and Opera. There’s also a limited-edition range-topping version developed in collaboration with, and named after, the Louvre art gallery in Paris.
Rear parking sensors are standard across the range; front sensors and a reversing camera are optional on the Performance Line and standard on all the other trim levels.
Despite its stylish and luxurious image, the DS7 Crossback is just as versatile and practical as other, less upmarket family SUVs, with a large boot, easily folded seats, and plenty of room for occupants front and rear to store items and stretch out.
The DS 7 Crossback does share a platform with both the Citroen C5 Aircross and Peugeot 3008 family SUVs, but it’s more than just a slapdash rebadging job. It gets its own distinctive design outside, as well as a more luxurious and high-quality interior finish, than its sister models.
At Vanarama, you’ll find the best DS 7 lease deals on the market. We offer industry-leading prices with no hidden fees. You can also enjoy free 30-day returns if you’re not completely satisfied with your new vehicle.
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Leasing a DS7 Crossback is a great choice if you’re the type of person who appreciates designer brands and a great sense of style. Like all of DS’ cars, it puts design, quality and luxury front and centre – in an attempt to square up to rivals from more established luxury brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Audi or Volvo.
But the DS7 Crossback is about more than superficial style. Its generous dimensions mean it can also function as a practical family SUV, and its up-to-date engine range is both powerful and efficient. Not everyone may know what it is at first glance, but it definitely turns heads.
Why Should I Lease A Car With Vanarama?
There are many benefits to leasing a car. First of all, the process is incredibly simple, and Vanarama will assist you all the way from picking out the perfect car for you, all the way through to when you hand it back in at the end of your contract. Also, you don’t have to worry about depreciation or the hassle of selling the car when the contract expires. With leasing, simply return the vehicle and then find your next dream car lease. Contracts can be tailored to a budget and timeline that suits you, with low monthly rates available and the option to lease between 2 to 5 years.
Interior design is one of the best things about the DS7. There’s a unique diamond motif repeated throughout the cabin – from the dashboard clock to the dials to the control switches on the centre console. And there are no cheap-feeling, scratchy plastics to be seen – every surface is covered in soft, luxurious high-end finishes. This all comes together to make the DS7’s interior a very quiet, comfortable and relaxing place to be.
Higher-spec trim levels bring a particularly supportive seat design and a sumptuous ‘watchstrap’ leather upholstery. There’s absolutely no doubt the DS7 is a premium product once you’ve stepped inside.
Comfort was the name of the game for the original Citroen DS back in the 1950s and the same is true of its modern reincarnations like this DS7 Crossback. The car doesn’t try to better the likes of the BMW X1 or Jaguar E-Pace when it comes to handling and driving excitement. Rather, it focuses on being a soothing and stress-free way of tackling either busy city traffic or a long motorway run.
Under the bonnet, you can pick from petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines (which DS refers to as PureTech, BlueHDi and E-Tense respectively). The entry-level PureTech 130 petrol occasionally feels like it could do with a bit more power, so the stronger PureTech 180 is a better bet – or better still, the extra shove of the diesel or the electrically-assisted plug-in hybrid model.
DS 7 Crossback
The DS7 Crossback comes in a single bodystyle: a large, high-riding, 5-door SUV with a large boot and plenty of room for adult occupants front and rear.
High Performance Models
Although DS offered a powerful Performance version of its smaller DS 3 hatchback, so far there’s no sign of something similar for the DS7 Crossback. The Performance Line trim level doesn’t get any more powerful engines than the rest of the range.
Performance Line +
As standard, the entry-level Performance Line trim gets Alcantara fabric upholstery, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, a 12-inch touchscreen with satnav and phone connectivity, and cruise control.