DS 7 Crossback E-Tense Ultra Prestige 4x4 PHEV review: A posh plug-in - YesAuto

DS 7 Crossback E-Tense Ultra Prestige 4x4 PHEV review: A posh plug-in - YesAuto

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this is a ds7 crossback ultra prestige e10s uh 4x4 300 and if you don't speak car brochure we'll be finding out what all that means next now what all that jargon funnels down to is this being the plug-in hybrid variant of a very posh suv now the number one question i've been asked since driving this car around is what is a ds well the name actually translates from french to english as god s and it starts back
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with the citroen ds a classic car that is fabled and instilled in the brand's history it was then reborn as a sub-brand with cars like the ds3 ds4 and ds5 and a few years ago it was broken away as its own separate luxury mark with the ds7 being the flagship for now until the ds9 arrives now the ds7 goes up against rivals from audi mercedes and bmw and to look at it it's a pretty premium thing it has a generally understated and inoffensive silhouette it knows the power
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of the understatement but like a lot of premium cars it's the details that really make the design stand out take a look at the crystallized led lights that perform a dance to greet you as you unlock the car subtle creases in the bonnet denote some sculptural fluidity through the design and a few strong character lines that run along the waistline of the vehicle give it a bit of presence tasteful dashes of chrome and smart diamond cut alloy wheels really polish this design nicely i really love the intricacies of the ds7 crossback it just gives it so much more
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character than the hum drum from the german trio while the exterior might be an exercise in diplomatic understated design the interior is a celebration of avant-garde individuality it really is a unique place to sit ultra prestige models get these lovely watch strap leather seats that are heated and massaging and the big bowed dashboard trimmed in nappa leather has a real luxury sense to it a central analog clock swivels and reveals itself as you start the ignition
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a central bank of metallic buttons all sculpted like shards add a real artistic flair to the console a large panel for digital instrumentation is highly customizable it's really nice full of interesting graphics but the standout display in this car is the 12.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system it's a lot of real estate and it allows for displays of intricate graphics larger buttons and easy to read text it really is a great size of screen and certainly elevates the cabin on a technical standpoint however i would say
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it's not necessarily the fastest system to respond and some features are hidden deep within menus the good news is that you can plug your phone in for the use of apple carplay something that also makes good use of the large screen customers of ultra prestige cars can also enjoy the glass panoramic roof that's on offer now while there are a few harder scratchy plastics to be found around the interior it's certainly fair to say that some of its rivals are guilty of the same crimes rear passengers have plenty of space to stretch out with legroom being generous and the middle passenger not even having to deal with a transmission hump
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headroom is pretty good but models with a glass panoramic roof do make some sacrifice open the electric tailgate to reveal 555 litres of space and a nice big opening to load bulky items the boot floor can also be lowered for extra storage so the e-tens variant of the ds7 is a phev or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and that means that it has a petrol engine and a series of electric motors in this case a 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and two electric motors one front
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one back making this all-wheel drive petrol engine produces 197 brake horsepower while the electric motors contribute 109 brake horsepower those good at maths will already have worked out that's 296 brake horsepower total with 450 newton meters of torque on offer now actually for an suv that's some quite punchy performance it'll do naught to 62 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 149 miles per hour which isn't exactly slow and it's pretty good considering this car weighs not too far
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off two tons now as with most plug-in hybrids you'll find a series of selectable drive modes meaning you can make the car dance to your tune depending upon what environment you're in so let's focus in on its pure electric mode solely relying on the car's electric motors means that it doesn't have the most get up and go in this setting but it quietly wafts itself along it's a nice serene peaceful environment just as you would expect with all electric cars it really is a joy whenever you're going around town to just not have that gargle and grumble of a
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combustion engine and no vibration and just sort of sail down the road it's just a much more peaceful and civilized way of moving along and it suits the nature of this luxury car in that regard now you can actually stay in the car's pure electric mode up to 80 miles per hour meaning that motorway trips and short commutes can be done within the electric range now citroen claims that's about 34 miles on a full charge but actually the most i've been able to put into the car over the past week is about 24 miles
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okay it's starting to turn a bit cold here in the uk but that's still some way short of its claimed electrical range the car's 13.2 kilowatt hour battery can be charged via a seven kilowatt wall charger and that takes about four hours for a full charge or if you can find a 22 kilowatt faster charger in public spaces that's about two hours a setting i actually really like is e-save mode and that allows you to save or store some electrical energy for maybe a town or city further along your way
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in a journey you can also force the petrol engine to charge the battery on the go meaning that you arrive at your destination with a full battery that say if there's not a charger available to you and i've done that a few times this week moving on to the car's hybrid setting where it combines its combustion and electrical power for the best possible efficiency and yeah there's no denying it is brisk in this setting where it can make the most of that near 300 break horsepower and plenty of torque it's quick um the eight-speed automatic transmission as well left to its own
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devices is pretty slick it's quite smooth select it via these manually selectable paddles on the wheel though and it does get a bit lost the changes are a little bit hesitant so your best to sort of just leave that to its job um what's less subtle is the transition between hybrid or petrol power and electricity or vice versa because let's say you're trundling along in slow traffic you're in electrical mode you put your foot down to accelerate out of a junction or pick up where the traffic left off
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and the car sort of trickles along initially in electric then the petrol engine starts then it takes another second to engage and then there is a jolt as the transition happens and it's just a bit uncivilized to be honest it's a bit clumsy in the way that it does it and sometimes it can leave you a bit frustrated with your foot to the floor waiting for the power to come in and then it suddenly does and the car takes off and yeah i just wish that transition was blended in a bit nicer i mean we're talking about some competitors here from audi
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bmw mercedes and they mastered this a long time ago so ds needs to sort of get with the program because the drivetrain is definitely not the most refined the petrol engine itself whilst punchy isn't the quietest either which is a bit of a shame it's a bit counterintuitive for a big luxury vehicle like this now this being a big french luxury car of course it does nothing to really encourage you to use that performance as a reasonable amount of body roll through the corners there's not much feedback from the steering you feel quite detached from what's going on and that's fine because that's the
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environment it's trying to promote here the fact that you're in a luxury carriage that is taking you to your destination and i get that um the all-wheel drive system provides quite a lot of security the roads are actually a little bit icy today and the car feels really planted so you can take a lot of uh solace in the fact that the hybrid all-wheel drive system this car has affords you more grip than what you would in a standard safe front-wheel drive suv i've done quite a lot of motorway miles in the ds7 this week and on the endless vastness that is the m25 m3 m27
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m40 it's really comfortable the fact that you can just sit back relax set the cruise control get the massaging seats going cold weather like today i've had the heated seat on pretty continuously dual zone climate control it's got all the gear for you to take a little bit of rest bite on those longer journeys it is comfortable it is relaxing in that regard it does take that box however venture off onto our more battered british roads and things start to come apart a little bit the ride isn't as soft and pillowy as
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you would expect of a luxury french car to be stereotypically instead there are thumps and shudders as the car sort of runs out of suspension travel i think the larger alloy wheels do a reasonable amount of damage to the general amount of road noise that comes into the cabin don't get me wrong it is comfortable it's not unbearable i just feel that a lot of its rivals do this better and considering the pedigree of what citroen's previous luxury cars have done and other cars from the group
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i sort of was expecting a bit more from the flagship model of ds you know while i do level a fair amount of criticism at the ds7 there have been times where i've been tired and grumpy and i just want to go home and i get into this car and i'm costed and i'm comfortable and i love these watch strap leather seats and i just relax and i come out more comfortable on the other side of the journey and and that is a real asset of the dsm i say that's ds7's biggest asset and i love how avant-garde and different the interior is it's a nice environment
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to spend time in i think some of the mechanical packaging of the car is a little bit questionable but actually is something different there's something that goes beyond the hub drama of audi or bmw i think it's a commendable choice to buy something as characterful as the ds7 it's not perfect but it is quite likeable the ds7 crossback represents an alternative choice for the premium suv user it looks classy on the outside and it's really bold styling on the interior
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just makes you fall in love with the car's frenchness its character its desire to be bold and different in comparison to what many of the germans offer now the ds7 actually starts at a respectable 33 000 pounds however this e-tence plug-in hybrid model is 56 000 pounds which is certainly harder to justify against more premium and well-known names in the industry it's certainly a bold choice but the question is will you dare to be different head to yesauto.com for the latest car news and
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