The diesel is obviously the most economical with a return of 58mpg and 128g/km placing it well within the parameters for reasonable company car tax rates.
The petrol isn’t far off with 137g/km but it only manages 39mpg. On the other hand the diesel takes one second longer to reach 60mph and has a top speed of 128mph compared to the 141mph in the petrol.
Neither is blistering fast engines so we suspect economy is likely to be victorious in the long term.
We can see the DS 7 Crossback being a slightly left-field alternative to the likes of Volvo with its French inspired elegance, but if you really want to stand out we suggest you get your order in quick and grab a truly limited edition.
- List price £42,650
- Order by 31 December for delivery March 2018
- Three colours – black, white, and grey
- 180hp diesel or 225hp petrol engines with 8-speed auto
- Options include night vision pack
EXCLUSIVITY is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days, very often without actually meaning much. In the case of this new DS7 Crossback it might actually be true.
The DS 7 Crossback is the new premium SUV from Citroen’s luxury division and although it isn’t available yet it is possible to place an order for the genuinely exclusive La Premiere model.
Granted you won’t actually receive your new car until March 2018 but at least you’ll know that only those who placed an order before 31 December will be driving one.
On the outside the DS 7 is quite a rugged looking SUV with pleasing lines and the distinctive DS grille. At 4.5m long it’s a good size too so expect a pretty comfortable amount of legroom and a practical sized boot.
The limited edition model is also fitted with DS Active LED lights at the front and 3D LED lights at the rear, and sculpted 20-inch gloss black alloys to finish the look.
The real USP of the La Premiere model is the exclusive design touches. Available in three colours, essentially black, white, and grey, and trimmed in the limited edition Nappa leather that comes in a particularly inviting burgundy colour called Art Rubis.
You also get an exclusive B.R.M R180 timepiece built into the dashboard but hidden behind a cover that unfurls to reveal the clock when you start the car, and a range of tech options sure to entice you into further spending.
Although the best of the technology is only an option the list is nonetheless impressive.
There’s a Night Vision pack, electric opening panoramic roof, upgraded HiFi system, an Urban pack with automatic parking, a built-in dashcam, and something called DS Sensorial Drive that lets you adjust the ride, engine sound and screen graphics. These may be options but the standard kit on the ‘La Première’ is sufficient that you won’t feel you’ve missed out if you don’t tick the boxes.
This is a good thing because this particular version costs £42,650 and a gung-ho attitude to the options list could push that up by another £4,000. The DS 7 Crossback La Premiere is available with either a 180hp diesel or 225hp petrol engine, both of which are connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox so the only choice you really have is efficiency or performance.
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