Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4

The Parkers Verdict

The DS 7 Crossback is a car that's good in places, and annoying in others. Although the overall styling is SUV-generic, there is some nice detailing on the outside, such as the LED headlamps, and the well-resolved tail lights. It's roomy inside, the trim materials are tastefully chosen, and it feels suitably up-scale. In short, DS has gone some way towards delivering luxury experience it promised, with one or two rough edges to sort.

On the road, the DS 7 Crossback's Active Scan suspension system is able to deliver a reasonably comfortable, well-controlled ride on most surfaces, without resorting to excessive body roll in the corners. Much of the time it feels composed and relaxed, but in town or on some broken surfaces, that air of serenity is sadly lacking. It's also less refined than we expected, with engine and wind noise falling short of the best in class.

But it's up against some very tough rivals, and is far from cheap. Although we suspect it's a grower - you might love it more with familiarity - we can't help but feel that it's some way short of the out-of-the-box excellence that is needed to persuade SUV buyers to ditch their Audis, BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes. It's a left-field choice, but far from outstanding enough to make the switch to DS worth the effort.

DS 7 Crossback

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