the (big) way of his ambitions

Refreshed and more premium in its presentation, the DS 7 e-Tense refines its ambitions and is available in a powerful 360 hp version.

The DS 7 is a weapon of conquest for the French brand that wants to continue the journey from Citroën. A road that took him to the world of premium cars, on the border of automotive luxury. To achieve this, the manufacturer goes out and allows almost all the follies in his colors and materials department. But this DS 7 (like other models in the range, for that matter), lacks a real mechanical heart that can compete with benchmarks in the segment, and make people forget its common sources modeled on those of the Peugeot 3008. solution: give the green light this time to the DS Performance department, which already knows where to go to help itself to the group’s shelves.

A stint at DS Performance

Called e-Tense 360, this DS 7 does not leave any doubt about its technical details and its mechanical endowment. orn found under the hood the tandem developed by Peugeot Sport Engineered, which equipped the 508 PSE but also the eponymous DS 9. On the menu: an engine of 1.6 l 200 hp and an electric motor in each train. This is the more accurate tandem found in the e-Tense 300 version (200 hp thermal, 110 hp and 113 hp electric), but with specific power electronics to allow it to obtain 360 hp and 520 Nm of torque. But there is no question for the SUV to simply display the ultimate amount of power. The DS 7 is based on a truly redesigned chassis with a lower trim (15 mm), but also wider tracks (24 mm at the front, 10 mm at the back). There are also bigger brakes and stiffer damping and reworked anti-roll adjustment.

Steering wheel in hand, we appreciate the behavior we expect from an SUV with dynamic ambitions, even if almost sporty. The body supports up to a weight of 1,885 kg, or 125 kg more than its 225 hp counterpart. In comparison, it remains quite light compared to competitors which is close to 2,100 kg bar. Equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, it allows you to maintain a good rhythm in the turns with surprising grip, while the braking does not suffer any criticism of road use. In short, it is the character that we have the right to expect from a hearty premium SUV of more than 300 hp, able to allow its customers to hurry or sensitively touch the road with a smile. On the other hand, they can be small

The lack of mechanical refinement

Except that the mechanical tolerance is far from the standards of the part. With a 1.6-liter displacement, the hot engine clearly lacks power and refinement, while the automatic transmission is still reluctant to downshift. And if there is no doubt that the performances are on a charged battery, they will quickly run out of steam. Especially in the case of excessive repeated acceleration such as occurs in the mountains. In Hybrid mode, we are easily surprised. In Sport mode, the system works to recharge the battery using the internal combustion engine. In this case, however, it’s hard to beat. Despite the undeniable dynamic qualities, a DS 7 is less demanding than a Peugeot 508 PSE, which means that all calm phases make it possible to easily recover the load. Alas at the cost of significant overconsumption.

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Finally, note that only the electric tandem really works at a given speed: quite amorphous at the start, the system removes the rear motor from 190 km / h, then at maximum rotational speed . Here’s an explanation for the more surprising times (80-120 km/h in 3.4 s) than the cannon start: 0-100 km/h in 5.6 s is as fast as a Mercedes GLC 300e, less powerful (320). hp announced) and heavier (2,040 kg).

A 7.4 kW on-board charger as standard

But the clean sport of a hybrid is not for today, because the average is stabilized at 9.9 l/100 km at the end of a difficult course at one end of the road Napoleon. On a daily basis, we can safely expect fuel consumption close to what we have measured in other smarter versions. The homologated electric range of 57km is less than the e-Tense 225 version, however, and that should translate to less than 40km in the real world. The fault of a larger mass, but also wider sports tires.

In terms of charging, there is something better with this machine because it offers a 7.4 kW on-board charger and its appropriate cable as standard. It takes about 2 hours to recharge a terminal that is very powerful to be filled with electrons.

Definitely premium

For its mid-career facelift, the DS 7 gained a boost of charisma that it lacked. It marks a break in terms of style and takes care of its appearance, outside and inside. No doubt what it lacks is a segment where innovation is important. Engines that already know won’t work with one valve and should continue to represent the majority of sales. But the company now adds the 360 ​​​​version, which is useless for the daily life of customers because it is important for the development of the brand image. On the other hand, we can forget the wrong ecological considerations in this version.

However, its more premium ambitions raise the bill. The price list starts at €53,900 for the e-Tense version 225. For a similar level of finish, you have to stretch €6,300 across the table for the e-Tense 300 4×4 version. But the check is nice for the most powerful of the differences, claiming a check for €68,700 in the Performance Line +, or even €78,400 with the top of the range first.

  • Dynamic behavior
  • Powerful presentation
  • 7.4 kW charger as standard

  • Performance under conditions
  • Lack of mechanical refinement
  • Excessive consumption in Sport mode

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