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DS 7 buying guide

What DS 7 trim levels are there?

Earlier DS 7s come in Elegance, Performance Line, Prestige and Ultra Prestige trim levels, with all getting automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors, push-button start and a touchscreen with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Performance Line is a bit like Audi’s S Line trim, with bigger wheels, black trim and red badging. This version also adds fancy LED headlights, tinted rear windows and a bigger touchscreen with sat nav. Prestige adds a reversing camera and front sensors, leather upholstery and front seats that are heated, electrically adjustable and even massaging.

Top-spec Ultra Prestige gets the biggest wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a powered tailgate, an upgraded sound system and additional driver assistance tech.

In more recent times, Elegance has been dropped and the range now consists of Performance Line, Performance Line+, Rivoli and Opera. The latter two largely match Prestige and Ultra Prestige, while Performance Line+ combines the sporty looks with extra tech.

DS 7 interior and technology

Look hard enough and you’ll find some clues that the DS 7 shares parts with the Citroen C5 Aircross and Peugeot 3008, but DS has put a lot of effort into trying to differentiate its car from its stablemates. There are some interesting materials and trim choices, which change depending on spec, as well as crystal-like scroll wheels and tactile switches. High-spec cars get leather in a watch-strap design.

The larger touchscreen, measuring 12 inches across, looks really smart, and it’s complemented by a similarly sized digital instrument cluster. You do have to use the touchscreen for adjusting the climate control, but where the screen’s mounted means you don’t have to take your hand too far off the wheel. DS has offered a lot of tech with the DS 7, including a very rare bit of tech as an option – night vision, which uses an infrared beam to ‘spot’ pedestrians and animals much further down the road than your headlights reach.

DS 7 engine range explained

(Most popular) DS 7 1.6 PureTech petrol

The DS 7’s larger petrol engine is a 1.6-litre turbo with either 180hp or 225hp. More common is the 180hp engine, which offers reasonable acceleration – its sub-nine-second 0-62mph time is only marginally slower than that of the 225hp engine. Both manage around 35-40mpg and both come with an automatic gearbox as standard.

DS 7 1.2 PureTech petrol

The entry-level petrol engine is shared with a lot of cars, including the Vauxhall Corsa, and it does a good job in the much larger DS 7. It’s capable of up to 43mpg and does 0-62mph in under 10 seconds – so it won’t blow your socks off but it shouldn’t feel slow either. This engine has been offered with a manual gearbox in the past but newer cars are auto-only.

DS 7 1.5 BlueHDi diesel

If you rack up a lot of miles and don’t go anywhere in a hurry, the 130hp diesel engine is worth checking out. It’s not quick, but can return up to 53mpg with an automatic gearbox. As with the 1.2-litre petrol, the manual gearbox has been phased out in recent times.

DS 7 2.0 BlueHDi diesel

The now-discontinued 2.0-litre diesel is the one to pick if you’re going to hook up a caravan to your DS 7. Its 1,850kg towing capacity is much greater than any other engine, thanks to a bigger well of low-down pulling power – which also makes it feel quite potent with heavy acceleration. Expect up to 42mpg with this engine.

DS 7 1.6 E-Tense plug-in hybrid

A used plug-in hybrid is a great buy if you’re doing a lot of driving around town. The DS 7 E-Tense manages 30-35 miles on quiet, zero-emission electric power, with a petrol engine as backup for longer journeys. There are two to pick – a 225hp front-wheel-drive version and a 300hp four-wheel-drive version, the latter offering impressive performance if you’ve got the need for speed.

Your DS 7 questions answered

Since 2017, the DS 7 has provided a left-field option to the likes of the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC. It’s sometimes overlooked but there are things to like about the DS 7. France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, chose a DS 7 as the vehicle to carry him to his inauguration. Since then, the car was facelifted in 2022.

At just under 4.6 metres long and 2.1 metres wide, the DS 7 is marginally shorter than the X3 and Q5 – not that you’d notice unless you got the tape measure out. Rear-seat space is pretty good and most adults should have no complaints, even with the panoramic roof that slightly reduces headroom. The 555-litre boot is competitive with rival SUVs, and it doesn’t reduce if you choose the plug-in hybrid, which is rare.

The 130hp petrol and diesel engines don’t really match the DS 7’s luxury aspirations, so the car might feel more premium with the 1.6-litre petrol, 2.0-litre diesel or the plug-in hybrids.