DS 7 review - Reliability and safety
A decent amount of standard safety kit contributes to a five-star Euro NCAP rating
The DS 7 has run the Euro NCAP gauntlet and emerged with a full five-star rating, notching up a 91 percent score for adult occupants and 87 percent for child occupant protection. A pedestrian safety rating of 73 percent is impressive, while a decent amount of standard safety kit results in a 76 percent score in that field too.
Standard convenience tech includes cruise control with a speed limiter function, traffic sign recognition, hill start assist and rear parking sensors. There’s also the Pixel LED Vision headlights that adapt to different driving situations, blind spot detection, lane keeping assist and driver attention alert. Opera models get DS Driver Assist, the intelligent cruise control system that will keep the car in its lane and maintain distance to the car ahead, even slowing to a stop in traffic before pulling away again when needed.
Neither the DS 7 or the DS brand itself made an appearance in our latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey rankings, however, in past editions customers highlighted significant concerns with the quality of the brand's products. There was some positivity towards the overall driving experience and fuel economy, but criticism for harsh ride quality and poor practicality too.
The standard DS warranty lasts for three years and is limited to 60,000 miles. For a fee, the warranty can be extended to five years. A 12-year anti-perforation warranty is also included, alongside a three-year guarantee on the paint. All in all, it’s a fairly standard offering.
DS offers a range of regular service plans, paid for monthly or in a lump sum as well as various fixed price repairs. Two- three-, four- and five-year plans are available.
In this review
- 1DS 7 reviewThe DS 7 SUV offers a touch of French luxury to take on its established German rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe DS 7 has low-speed ride quality issues but it’s quiet and comfortable on faster roads. The E-Tense 360 flagship actually handles very well due to its unique suspension settings.
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsIt’s not a cheap car to buy and residual values are weak, but at least the reliance on diesel and plug-in powertrains means that no DS 7 should be too expensive to fuel
- 4Interior, design and technologyDistinctive exterior details, a flamboyant cabin design and lots of technology help the DS 7 stand out in a crowded class
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe DS 7 sizes up as a spacious compact SUV, with a generous boot to match
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingA decent amount of standard safety kit contributes to a five-star Euro NCAP rating