DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE reliability & safety
Proven hardware from other PSA Group brands and a decent showing in Euro NCAP crash testing provide reassurance for potential DS 7 owners
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2017)||91%||87%||76%|
The DS 7 Crossback has all the makings of a safe and reliable car. Its independent crash-test results were very good and it comes with a wide range of active safety systems designed to prevent you having a crash in the first place. On the reliability front, even though DS is a relatively young brand, it's part of the wider PSA Group and the DS 7's sister models from Peugeot and Citroen have done well in this area in recent years.
DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE reliability & problems
DS is a relatively new brand to the UK market that still sells cars in small numbers, so there isn't a great deal of long-term reliability data to go on. However, the brand uses a great deal of components from sister firms Citroen and Peugeot, so solid assumptions can be made.
The closely related Peugeot 3008 was named the second-best car to own in the 2020 edition of the Driver Power survey, with a satisfaction score of just over 92%. The Peugeot brand overall was named the eighth-best to own in the UK, with a score of 89%, while DS itself finished 22nd out of the 39 manufacturers looked at, scoring 88%.
The DS 7 Crossback was crash-tested by Euro NCAP around the time of the petrol and diesel versions' launch in 2017. It received the maximum five-star overall rating, achieved scores of 91% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant protection and 76% for its provision of safety assistance systems.
On the equipment front, all DS 7 Crossbacks (hybrid or otherwise) come with stability control, hill-start assistance, tyre-pressure monitoring, rear parking sensors, a full complement of airbags, a pair of ISOFIX child-seat mounts, speed-limit recognition, emergency braking assistance and lane-departure warning.
Prestige and Ultra Prestige cars get a reversing camera and front parking sensors as standard; these can be added to the entry-level Performance Line trim by specifying the Premium Safety Pack option. The Advanced Safety Pack (also standard on the top two trims and optional on Performance Line) brings blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, enhanced traffic-sign recognition and driver drowsiness warning.
Finally, the 'DS Connected Pilot' system (optional on Performance Line and Prestige but standard on the Ultra Prestige) adds semi-autonomous driving capability. This includes adaptive cruise control to keep you a set distance from the vehicle in front, and lane-positioning assistance to automatically keep the car in its lane on a motorway or dual-carriageway.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe plug-in hybrid DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE SUV offers up to 40 miles of electric range and plenty of luxurious touches, but it's quite expensive
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingA decent electric range and swift charging time offset the fact that the DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE probably won't be massively efficient in petrol mode
- 3Running costsCompany-car drivers stand to save most with the DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE; private buyers have to swallow a pretty hefty list price
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE is a fast and comfortable long-distance cruiser, but it's not as impressive on a twisty backroad as some rivals
- 5Interior & comfortWhile its quirky design may not be to everyone's taste, the DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE definitely has a luxurious and high-tech feel inside
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThere's no loss of boot space compared to the petrol or diesel Crossback, so the E-TENSE is still a good choice for hauling passengers and luggage
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingProven hardware from other PSA Group brands and a decent showing in Euro NCAP crash testing provide reassurance for potential DS 7 owners