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DS 9 buying guide

What DS 9 trim levels are there?

The DS 9 is available in Performance Line+ and Rivoli+ trim levels. The former is a sporty-looking version to match BMW’s M Sport and Audi’s S Line. With DS’ luxury aim, you get a huge list of standard features, including keyless entry and start, fancy active LED headlights, a reversing camera with a handy bird’s eye view and front seats that are heated and electrically operated.

Rivoli+ is going for opulence rather than sporty styling, with exclusive upholstery and a few extra features over the Performance Line+ version. These include seats with ventilation and massaging, and adaptive cruise control, lane-positioning assist and stop-and-go functionality for crawling in traffic.

Since the DS 9 was launched, DS has introduced a range-topping Opera trim on the plug-in hybrid engines. This comes with a premium sound system, a sunroof, a powered bootlid, a Lounge Pack – adding heating, cooling and massaging to the rear seats – and even night vision, which can spot pedestrians and animals much further down the road than a human can.

DS 9 interior and technology

The DS 9 has a theatrical interior that feels different to the German executive car norm. As you start the car, a quirky rectangular clock swivels out of the dashboard, and the high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen bursts into life. Both it and the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster employ a diamond theme, which is reflected in the dashboard and seat trim and in some of the buttons.

It is possible to find parts shared with cheaper Citroen and Peugeot cars in the interior, but it still feels like a premium product. A premium product that costs much less as a used car than an equivalent BMW or Mercedes. DS has used good materials – Performance Line+ cars get Alcantara suede upholstery and Rivoli+ gets black Nappa leather – and the cabin feels strongly put together. Physical controls generally feel solid and the digital instrument cluster is easy to read.

DS 9 engine range explained

DS 9 1.6 PureTech 225 petrol

The DS 9 might use the same 1.6-litre petrol engine as a Peugeot 508, but here it’s tuned to be more powerful. This engine is good for 0-62mph in around eight seconds and 35-40mpg. It’s well-suited to long motorway cruises, being serenely quiet at 70mph and very comfortable.

DS 9 E-Tense plug-in hybrid

Most DS 9s come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that has the potential to be really frugal. The newer E-Tense 250 version has a bigger battery than the E-Tense 225 version it replaced, and can manage up to 51 miles on silent electric power. This hybrid suits the DS 9’s hushed, relaxed nature well.

Above the E-Tense 250 is the E-Tense 360, with a whopping 360hp and four-wheel drive. It’s as fast off-the-line as a hot hatch but still has a focus on refinement.


Your DS 9 questions answered

The DS 9 comes as a four-door saloon – just like the Lexus ES and Jaguar XF. There are a couple of trim level choices and the option of petrol and hybrid engines. No diesel engines are available, as the plug-in hybrids offer excellent fuel economy claims.

The DS 9 is quite a long car at 4.9 metres long – it’s about the same size as a BMW 5 Series. But that means there are acres of legroom for rear-seat passengers. Four adults will be very comfortable in the DS 9. There’s plenty of headroom for all but the tallest adults.

The DS 9’s proportions allow a decent 510-litre boot, which is enough for several large suitcases. You can also fold the rear seats down to increase the carrying capacity, and it’s useful that the E-Tense hybrids don’t lose any boot space. That’s not the case in its BMW or Mercedes rivals.

If you feel that most modern cars are obsessed with sportiness or are too staid, the DS 9 is a refreshing change. With an unerring focus on comfort and an interior littered with high-quality materials, the DS 9 is a good car for long motorway trips and for when you want to relax on the way home from work.

Handily, the DS 9’s engine designation includes its horsepower. So the PureTech 225 has 225hp, and the E-Tense plug-in hybrids come with either 250hp (225hp for older cars) or 360hp. Its power outputs sit roughly in the middle of the BMW 5 Series’ engine range.

Where legal, the top speed of the DS 9 E-Tense 250 is 149mph. For the range-topping E-Tense 360, it’s 155mph, and for the PureTech 225 petrol it’s 146mph.

With the DS 9 being a new car and selling in relatively small numbers, it’s hard to make a judgement on reliability. But many of its parts have been used in a wide range of other cars, so at least its components are well tested. Any problems that do occur are most likely to be related to the car’s complex electronics rather than powertrain faults. For peace of mind when buying a DS 9, consider taking out our extended warranty.

Both the plug-in hybrid engines currently available on the DS 9 – the E-Tense 250 and E-Tense 360 – have a 15.6kWh battery. In the former, you can achieve up to 51 miles of electric range, while in the more powerful E-Tense 360 that figure drops to 39 miles.

The DS 9 is built in Shenzhen, China using an updated version of the EMP2 platform that underpins the Peugeot 508. DS is considered the upmarket version of Citroen, although nowadays both brands fall under the Stellantis empire – which also includes Vauxhall, Peugeot, Fiat and Jeep.