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DS 7 review - Reliability and safety

A decent amount of standard safety kit contributes to a five-star Euro NCAP rating

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Reliability and safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£39,225 to £40,405
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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.

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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.

Warranty 

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. 

Servicing 

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.

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Steve looks after the Auto Express website; planning new content, growing online traffic and managing the web team. He’s been a motoring journalist, road tester and editor for over 20 years, contributing to titles including MSN Cars, Auto Trader, The Scotsman and The Wall Street Journal.

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