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DS 7

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

54
%
E

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

62
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

54
%
E

Safety Rating:

66
%
C

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

62
%
B

Summary


The DS 7 is a medium-sized SUV/crossover that is also currently the flagship of the DS Automobiles range. It shares its platform with several other models in the PSA family, such as the Peugeot 5008 and Citroën C5 Aircross, but its price and equipment are positioned above its sister brands.

Launching back in early 2018, this was the first SUV from DS Automobiles to be sold on the European market, although it has sold other vehicles in China previously. It was also the first all-new car for DS, as previous models have simply been rebadged Citroëns.

A plug-in hybrid version of the DS 7 was added to the range in the middle of 2019, which now sits alongside a single diesel engine option – traditional petrol models are no longer available.

A mid-life facelift arrived in the UK in late 2022. It brought the usual styling tweaks and trim changes, and DS decided to drop the car’s ‘Crossback’ tag to simplify things.

The DS 7 has received average to good scores from UK media sources. It has been praised for its comfort and quality, but criticised for an uninspiring driving experience. “The DS 7 ticks the boxes regarding quality and comfort”, says Car‘s Dave Humphreys. “It leaves a bit to be desired on the dynamic front, but so long as you’re not hunting down apexes, it’s a comfortable cruiser.”

As of January 2024, the DS 7 holds a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 54%. It scores top marks for its low CO2 emissions (thanks largely to the plug-in hybrid model), while its running costs are also good. However, its safety score is average as its Euro NCAP rating has expired due to age, while its media reviews are poor.

DS 7 highlights

  • Attractive exterior looks
  • Spacious and comfortable cabin
  • Well-equipped as standard
  • Refined and economical engines

DS 7 lowlights

  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Key rivals are cheaper to buy
  • Uninspiring driving dynamics
  • No seven-seat models

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £36,785 on-road

Launched: Winter 2017/18
Last updated: Winter 2022/23
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Parkers

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 91%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 73%
Safety assist: 76%

Notes on safety rating

The DS 7 (or DS 7 Crossback, as it was then called) was crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2024 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used DS 7 or DS 7 Crossback to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the DS 7 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the DS 7 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the DS 7, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models158 g/kmC143 – 170 g/kmB – C
Diesel models140 g/kmB137 – 169 g/kmB – C
Plug-in hybrid models31 g/kmA27 – 40 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models34 milesE31 – 36 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models34C21 – 39A – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£292C
Year 2£661C
Year 3£1,054C
Year 4£1,263C
Year 5£1,697C
Overall£4,967C

Running costs for the DS 7 are pretty much average, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t have independently verified fuel consumption data, but the CO2 levels (which are linked closely to fuel consumption) are nothing too exciting. The plug-in hybrid looks great on paper, but that’s due to the woeful EU/UK goverment lab tests that are completely useless at measuring a plug-in hybrid…

Insurance costs are middle of the road, while servicing and maintenance over the first five years are also average. So while there’s not a lot to get too excited about here, it’s likely that other premium rivals are going to be just as expensive – if not even dearer – to run.

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More news, reviews and information about the DS 7 at The Car Expert

DS 7 Crossback facelift adds new plug-in hybrid model

DS 7 Crossback facelift adds new plug-in hybrid model

DS 7 Crossback boosted by another plug-in hybrid option

DS 7 Crossback boosted by another plug-in hybrid option

DS 7 Crossback review

DS 7 Crossback review

DS 7 Crossback gains new petrol power

DS 7 Crossback gains new petrol power

Crash test cars earn five-star ratings

Crash test cars earn five-star ratings

La Premiere special edition for DS 7 Crossback

La Premiere special edition for DS 7 Crossback

Geneva: DS 7 Crossback is a first

Geneva: DS 7 Crossback is a first

DS 7 Crossback to kick off model blitz

DS 7 Crossback to kick off model blitz

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The DS 7 has received average scores from UK media sources. It has been praised for its comfort and quality, but criticised for an uninspiring driving experience.DS 7