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The sleek and glamorous DS7 plug-in hybrid will have you in SUV heaven

The DS7 Crossback is by far my favorite DS model.

It’s a gorgeous-looking SUV that can easily hold its ground against a host of luxury rivals.

CHARGING TIME: The DS7 hybrid E-Tense takes an hour and 45 minutes to charge with a 7kW home charger, and it has an electric range of about 50 kilometers

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CHARGING TIME: The DS7 hybrid E-Tense takes an hour and 45 minutes to charge with a 7kW home charger, and it has an electric range of about 50 kilometers

And the DS7 has a lot of blinking of its own, like the front and rear LEDs that look like jewels.

And the front has three sections of LED lights that spin around and dance when you start the car.

Also inside the cabin, when you push the aluminum start button, a fancy BRN Chronographs clock integrated on the dashboard will flip around to greet you.

The DS7 really shines inside, the dashboard and door trim on my Performance Line model is covered in suede and the majority of the buttons and switches are aluminum, some of them knurled, so so it really feels a special and luxurious place.

The heated and power-operated seats are also upholstered in suede with a quilted pattern and this ties into the DS and its diamond obsession.

SUEDE DREAMS: The dashboard and doors of the Performance Line models are covered in suede

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SUEDE DREAMS: The dashboard and doors of the Performance Line models are covered in suede

You’ll find them all over the cabin, and some of the infotainment network icons are even diamonds, but unlike some other DS models, these diamonds haven’t been made to death.

And speaking of infotainment, a large 12.3-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard.

It has the usual Bluetooth and Apple and Android connectivity, and the driver also has a large 12-inch display with really smart customizable graphics.

There are three trim levels, Performance Series, Performance+ Series and Prestige.

ENJOY OF THE YEAR: The DS7 looks good from the back too

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ENJOY OF THE YEAR: The DS7 looks good from the back tooCredit: © Laurent Nivalle
DIAMOND GEEZER: Rear LED lights look like jewels

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DIAMOND GEEZER: Rear LED lights look like jewelsCredit: RVZ

And even though my test car was an entry-level car, it was fully loaded and that included a comprehensive safety package as well.

DS Connected Pilot brings you closer to autonomous driving, maintaining a certain distance from the vehicle in front, accelerating and decelerating the DS7 from 0-180 km/h.

Plus, it helps you stay in the right lane by controlling the steering wheel.

It will park parallel to an empty space or to the curb and let you know if you fit into a suitable space.

The DS7 will also monitor your focus so you don’t get lost, and will give you visual and audible warnings if you do.

But the best set of safety the DS7 has is night vision, which can see in the dark up to 100m ahead and will project hazards onto the screen.

SAFETY FIRST: The DS Connected Pilot has adaptive cruise control, plus it keeps you in the right lane by controlling the steering and it has night vision and can be seen in the dark in up to 100m . in front

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SAFETY FIRST: The DS Connected Pilot has adaptive cruise control, plus it keeps you in the right lane by controlling the steering and it has night vision and can be seen in the dark in up to 100m . in frontCredit: Female Press

MAJOR EVENTS:

DS7 Crossback E-Stress hybrid
Cost: From €53,290
Engine: 1.6 liter petrol (80kW engine)
Power: 225bhp (combined)
Torque: 360Nm
0-100kph: 8.9 seconds
Max speed: 225kph
Economy: 200mpg
The real world: 70mpg
Emissions: 32g/km
Emuro NCAP: Five stars
Competitor: Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Skoda Enyaq, Lexus NX

In terms of engines, the DS7 is available with a 130-hp, 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine, and a 1.5-liter, 130-hp BlueHDi diesel, and both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

But the main reason I’m back at the wheel of the DS7 again is the addition of the plug-in hybrid, or as DS likes to call it the E-Tense.

And it comes in front- or all-wheel drive versions.

ROUGH RIDER: E-Tense hybrid DS7 available with all-wheel drive

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ROUGH RIDER: E-Tense hybrid DS7 available with all-wheel driveCredit: Female Press

Power comes from a turbocharged, 1.6-litre petrol engine that works in conjunction with an 80kW motor and a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery to produce a combined 225bhp and 360Nm of torque.

The 1,760kg DS7 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100kph in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 225kph so it performs really well.

And only during heavy acceleration does the engine become noisy and intrusive.

FOR FULL DOWNLOAD: Large 12.3-inch touchscreen dominates the panel

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FOR FULL DOWNLOAD: Large 12.3-inch touchscreen dominates the panel

It’s super comfortable, but more of a cruiser than a cruise missile.

And it also comes with an intelligent system called Active Scan Suspension that uses a windshield-mounted camera to monitor the road ahead for collisions and imperfections.

It then adjusts the suspension accordingly to firm or soften the vehicle.

As a hybrid it’s very frugal, DS says it can do 200mpg, with a full battery in a possibly short journey.

HYBRID THEORY: The DS7 plug-in hybrid has a very useful electric range of only about 50 km

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HYBRID THEORY: The DS7 plug-in hybrid has a very useful electric range of only about 50 kmCredit: Female Press

But driving often and without needing to charge it every day, the 70mpg average is more accurate.

However, it has a very useful electric range of only about 50 km.

Smart charging, the E-Tense DS7 takes an hour and 45 minutes to charge from 0 to 100% using a 7kW home charger.

So if you’re in the market for an SUV, and let’s face it, everyone seems to be, then be sure to check out the DS7.

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