- Diesels are the most economical
- The 225hp petrol is efficient for performance offered
- Real-world consumption lags behind claimed figures
We expect the DS 7 Crossback to have similar running costs to its Peugeot 3008 cousin, even though it's pitched in a much higher area of the market. DS Automobiles is claiming great things for the car's residual values, although CAP predicts that a three-year-old Ultra Prestige HDi 180 with 60,000 miles on the clock will be worth £16,000, retaining 35.6% of its value.
Claimed fuel economy varies from around 48mpg to just over 68mpg – reasonably strong figures for the class of car, meaning low fuel bills.
The BlueHDi 130 returns a claimed 68mpg, while the 180hp version is capable of 57mpg according to DS.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||120p||£1,161 - £1,161 *|
|Diesel||124p||£783 - £989 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Variable according to car's instrument panel|
|Road tax (12 months)||£140 - £450|
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
The 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel emits less than 110g/km of CO2 emissions, making it the cleanest engine in the DS 7 Crossback range.
Even the more powerful BlueHDi 180 emits 128g/km, which is cleaner than the equivalent Audi Q5 TDI at 138g/km.
The petrol isn't bad, either, with a CO2 emissions figure of 134g/km for a 25% BIK band – an impressive effort considering the size of the DS 7 Crossback.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.5 BlueHDI (130ps) Diesel||101 g/km (Min)||£140|
|1.6 PureTech (225ps) Petrol||135 g/km (Max)||£140|
- Parent company PSA has a patchy reliability record
- The breakdown and warranty figures don't justify this
- Solidity and quality feel good, if not quite up with Audi
Peugeot and Citroen have a poor reputation for reliability, which is largely unjustified these days. New tech like the LED instrumentation and adaptive cruise control may have some teething troubles, but DS dealers should iron out these problems early on. PSA says that the dealer experience for these cars is much better than it was in the past.
DS Automobiles has produced a quality feel for its interior, with extensive use of luxurious materials, to provide a premium experience. Whether that will result in Audi-levels of longevity remains to be seen.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|