The DS7 Crossback is a French-made luxury compact crossover/SUV that was first introduced in 2017 and is still in continuous production. Given the fact that the DS7 Crossback is a crossover/SUV, and that crossover SUVs are the most popular cars on the market right now, DS wants to sell a ton of these. So, is Citroën DS7 Crossback a good car?
The DS7 Crossback is a really good car if you like the brand and the way the car looks. DS took a different approach when it comes to making cars as they tend to make really good-looking cars that attract attention no matter where they go. We also need to keep in mind that all the engines on offer are powerful, refined, and really efficient.
We already said that the DS7 is a good-looking car, and most people tend to agree with that. The interior of the DS7 is also really cool and is appointed really well. The DS7 drives like any other crossover/compact SUV in this segment which means that it is comfortable, refined, and well-mannered.
Reliability is better than most Citroen DS models, but still nowhere near the top of the food chain. Values of these are fairly steep from new, but used examples can be found at a fairly discounted rate. Practicality is really good because the car offers lots of seating space and fairly large trunk space as well.
What are the problems with Citroën DS7 Crossback?
DS7 Crossback – The powerplant
The DS7 Crossback gasoline engine lineup kicks off with the 1.2L inline 3-cylinder engine that offers 130hp and 169lb-ft of torque. This engine is good for up to 50MPG. The next in line is the 1.6L 4-cylinder engine with 180hp and 184lb-ft of torque. This engine can also be had with 225hp and 221lb-ft of torque. Efficiency-wise, both of these tend to top at around 40MPG combined.
If you want a diesel, you can choose between two diesel engines. The entry-level 1.5L 4-cylinder with 130hp and 221lb-ft of torque or a 2.0L 4-cylinder with 180hp and 295lb-ft of torque. You can also get a hybrid version of the DS7 Crossback called the E-Tense. There are two different hybrid modes available, one gets 300hp from the 1.6L and an electric motor while the other one gets 225hp from the same configuration.
All in all, we can say that the DS7 Crossback engine lineup is much better than what it once was while they were back at Citroen. These engines all come mated to either a manual or an automatic gearbox. All DS7 models start with a FWD set up while you can upgrade to have an all-wheel-drive.
DS7 Crossback – Design and chassis
In the intro to this article, we said that the design of the DS7 Crossback is really cool. The car’s futuristic lines and sharp edges make it looks like it was released yesterday. The interior of the DS7 is also really upmarket in the same way which means that design is one of the strong suits of the DS7 Crossback.
Chassis and suspension tuning is tailored towards comfort and ease of use which is apparent the moment you take the car for a drive. The DS7 rides relatively smooth and sustained which is common for the segment. All in all, the DS7 driving experience is really well-tuned.
DS7 Crossback – Reliability and common issues
Reliability-wise, the DS7 seems to be much better than early-gen Citroen DS models but is still known to suffer from a wide variety of issues. The most common DS7 Crossback issues include suspension troubles, fuel leaks issues, electrical issues, issues at start-up, and issues with the car’s battery and alternator.
The good thing is that the DS7 is not the most expensive car to live within this segment, but the bad news is that the car does not thorough maintenance quite often. All in all, it is a long overdue improvement over older Citroen DS models.
DS7 Crossback – Value and practicality
The DS7 Crossback is a relatively costly car from new, but depreciation has made sure that you can buy a DS7 Crossback used at a fairly discounted rate. This means that you are getting a fairly luxurious experience in a segment that seems to be attracting buyers left and right.
Practicality is also really good as the car offers a large seating area with a decently sized trunk as well. Visibility is really good thanks to a raised-up seating position. The car also comes with lots of family-friendly features such as interior storage spaces and easy-to-reach child mounting anchor points.
Is the DS7 Crosstback a safe car?
The DS7 Crossback is a really safe car as it got a 5-star rating from all the leading crash testing regulations. A 5-star rate is only given to cars that not only pass the standards but do so with flying colors. A 5-star rated car is one that also gets many software safety active features that keep you safe both while driving and while stationary.
The bad thing is that many of these come as part of expensive optional packages and DS is also keen on adding a bunch of unnecessary features as part of these packages.
Can I buy a DS7 Crossback in the US?
We are likely all aware that you can’t buy Citroen in the US since the 1970s and there are no indications that Citroen is coming back to the US market anytime soon. However, even though you can’t buy a DS7 Crossback in the US, DS is potentially going to offer their vehicles worldwide which will also include the US at some point.
Is DS better than Citroen?
DS used to be a Citroen sub-brand, but they branched out in 2015 and started making their own cars with the goal of becoming a full-fledged luxury car brand. As such, DS makes more luxurious, more upmarket cars that not only perform better but are also more reliable as a whole. However, it will take a long time before DS can truly rival established luxury car brands available for a few decades if not even longer.