DS 7 Crossback PureTech 225 2018 review

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New petrol engine and top-end Ultra Prestige spec help broaden the Crossback’s appeal, but do little to help it stand out in a crowded market

This is the first petrol-powered variant of DS Automobile’s ‘avant-garde’ 7 Crossback; the first all-new car to be launched under the flagship brand since it split from Citroën in 2014.While we’re already well acquainted with its oil-burning sibling, which participated in our compact SUV mega test earlier this year, this is the first time we’ve had a go in the petrol-engined model.Under the bonnet you’ll find PSA Group’s familiar 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor, which in this application produces 222bhp and 221lb ft, all of which is sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Later this year, a lesser 178bhp version of the same engine will also be made available.The 222bhp petrol engine is available on all trim levels apart from the entry-level Elegance model. Prices for variants equipped with this engine start at £34,990 for the Performance Line model and rise to £43,190 for our top-of-the-range Ultra Prestige test car.The latter is a fairly significant sum, but standard equipment is generous, with 20in alloys, a Focal premium hi-fi system, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, full leather upholstery and much more besides all included in the asking price.Power plant aside, it’s all DS 7 Crossback business as usual. The exterior styling that – to this tester’s eyes, at least – is reminiscent of Audi’s Q-cars remains, as does the active suspension and plush interior. …read more

Source:: Autocar