DS 7 E-TENSE running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
Company-car drivers stand to save most with the DS 7 E-TENSE; private buyers have to swallow a pretty hefty list price
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|37-39||3yrs / 60,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||From £704/ £1,408|
Running costs for the DS 7 E-TENSE are a bit of a mixed bag. Your fuel costs will be minimal if you can charge up at home and mostly do short local journeys, and if you're running one as a company car, your Benefit-in-Kind bill will be a lot less than what you'd pay to run a large petrol or diesel SUV. Ranged against that must be the car's pretty high list price and monthly finance costs for private buyers, along with fairly unremarkable servicing and insurance rates, which are in line with those of many other large SUVs.
DS 7 E-TENSE insurance group
DS doesn't yet have the premium brand recognition of German rivals like Audi and BMW, which may go some way towards explaining why the DS 7 E-TENSE will be slightly cheaper to insure than the likes of the Audi Q5 hybrid. That car falls into insurance groups 40 to 43, whereas the DS is in groups 37 to 39, so premiums should be a bit less.
The DS 7 gets the standard warranty cover applied to cars from all Stellantis brands, namely three years or 60,000 miles. More down-to-earth brands like Toyota and Kia do better, with five and seven-year guarantees respectively, but the DS' cover is pretty much standard for the industry and tallies with the typical length of a PCP finance deal, so many owners probably won't be too worried.
The DS 7 needs a dealer visit once a year or every 10,000 miles – whichever comes first. DS offers fixed-price servicing on all its models, with the first year's check-up costing £249 and the second year's £299. From then on, the minor and major services alternate, costing respectively £225 and £375. These prices were correct as of September 2022.
As the government classifies it as an 'alternatively fuelled vehicle', the DS 7 E-TENSE gets a £10 discount on the regular £520 annual VED rate for cars with a list price of more than £40,000. Owners pay £510 the first five times the tax is renewed, and if you still own it after that point, the annual rate drops to £155.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe plug-in hybrid DS 7 E-TENSE SUV offers up to 43 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 E-TENSE probably won't be massively efficient in petrol mode
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingCompany-car drivers stand to save most with the DS 7 E-TENSE; private buyers have to swallow a pretty hefty list price
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe DS 7 E-TENSE is a fast and comfortable long-distance cruiser, but it's not as impressive on a twisty backroad as some rivals
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortWhile its quirky design may not be to everyone's taste, the DS 7 E-TENSE definitely has a luxurious and high-tech feel inside
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThere's no loss of boot space compared to the petrol or diesel Crossback, so the DS 7 E-TENSE is still a good choice for hauling passengers and luggage
- 7Reliability & safety ratingProven hardware from other Stellantis Group brands and a decent showing in Euro NCAP crash testing provide reassurance for potential DS 7 owners