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DS 7 owner reviews

“France’s take on the luxury SUV does have its merits, but German rivals surpass it in almost every area”

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

2.7 out of 5

Price
£39,225 - £59,635
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Owner Reviews

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thumbs down38%of people would recommend this car to a friend

Common Problems

  • Gearbox / clutch (2 cases)
  • Suspension (1 case)
  • Electrics (1 case)

Review 1 of 8

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

DS7 C-BACK PFRMNC LN PTCH

Year

2019

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have owned the car for a year with no problems whatsoever so far, you have to be really nit picking to find fault with this car. I took a BMW X3 and Audi Q5 for test drives and in the end the DS 7 won; it is just that bit different. Drive it Europe on some decent roads and it’s perfect.
What's the one thing you like most about your car?
The look and interior
If you could improve one thing, what would it be?
Nothing
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

1 out of 5

Car Details

Year

2019

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car is very good looking and has a very good design. But from day one, I've had a problem with a strange sound inside the car when you drive in 60 km/h. I have tried to get help with this for over a month but DS in Sweden haven't come back yet about the problem. I know that that I have the problem in my car but when I talked to customer services, they told me that it is is a problem that another has experienced - they think it is the gearbox. Right now I can't recommend this car because we haven't had the problem identified or dealt with, leaving me very disappointed as it's new purchase.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?
0

Car Details

Model

DS7 CROSSBACK PRSTGE PTCH

Year

2018

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

49
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very nice looking car; the best one I have owned in looks only. Problems have just started: on 10 August I went to start the car, it would not start. The engine fault light came on, gearbox fault, hand brake fault, then went into eco mode, auto gearbox selector fault then nothing worked at all. I had it taken to a local garage for repair, it was there for 2 days and they could not repair it. I was told it had to go to the main dealer as the car needs reprogramming. I rang the dealer up; they cannot take the car until 19 September for repair. The car was towed to my home address and now sits on my drive dead. We do not know what the outcome will be will keep you posted
What's the one thing you like most about your car?
looks /comfort
If you could improve one thing, what would it be?
too many to list
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Ultra Prestige

Year

2018

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Terrible car with dangerous suspension design fault, that DS acknowledge exists, but call a characteristic. The car has a new price of nearly £50,000, but if you hit a pothole, manhole cover or uneven road surface, the rear end of the car skips sideways in an alarming fashion. It feels very unstable and unnerving, both the dealer and SD themselves are not interested, customer service is beyond bad. Completely disgusted in their attitude.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

ds7 crossback 1.6 puretech 180

Year

2019

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
We picked up the new DS7 a few months ago in February this year from Robins and Day, London West, Brentford. Whilst we are happy to say this is an extremely beautiful car, I am afraid we have had negative experiences with regards to the customer service and the car’s stability in particular. We have had 2 major faults with the car, the most recent occurrence which placed lives in danger. As stated, there have been 2 faults since February, all with system faults. The first occurred as the car could not be switched on, apparently going by what we were informed this was because the ignition fuse had failed. This, we accepted as a car fault that could occur regardless of the build. The second fault is not something we can live with. Back in November, whilst driving the car towards an A road, the car system up with numerous faults, all at once, and immediately stopped dead in the midst of driving! The errors generated which I took screenshots of are; • Parking brake fault: Have the vehicle repaired (amber) • Tyre under-inflation detection system fault (amber) • Engine fault: Stop the vehicle (red) • Automatic breaking system fault (amber) • Gearbox fault: Repair needed (amber) As stated already, the car came to an emergency halt without driver intervention. Luckily the cars behind were quick to swerve. To compound our plight, the RAC were unable to get the automatic DS7 car into neutral to tow the car. Three separate RAC teams were dispatched to us in the freezing night and neither could get the car into neutral to tow. Unlike other automatic cars that have a bypass lever or button near the gearbox to get the car into neutral should the automatic fail, the DS7 does not seem to have this visible or noted in the car manuals. In fact, we now understand that the repair team at the DS dealership struggled to get the car into the garage as this car could not be moved in a neutral gear position. We have since asked the dealership service to advise us if there is a known way to get the car in neutral to tow but as yet and like they have done, they’ve gone quiet when they seem confused or have little awareness of the car they sell. If we are to believe their latest update, we are being told that the gearbox pins are bent which means the whole gearbox has to be replaced including the clutch. This is my first automatic car and never thought there would be so much complications to its performance and repair. For a car that was towed into the repair shop mid-November we are now being told due to sourcing parts issues the car won’t be available to us until mid-January next year. Still they are unable to even provide a courtesy car. It must be said that the customer service is poor. At most every turn since the car was brought in to Robin and Day (west London - Brentford) since the car’s failure, we have had little communication from the dealership and when we do call, as they rarely calls us to provide an update, we are provided with information/feedback that is always inconsistent with what the manager tells us especially when we probe further by asking to speak to the manager. In fact, looking at some reviews and forums gearbox and clutch is a re-occurring theme which I am surprised car safety publications have not picked up on. For a beautiful car that sells its image on a premium feeling, the customer service and relations is poor. My rating is poor and I give this car a 1 out of 5.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

1 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Prestige blue hid 130 manual

Year

2019

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Tell us what you think about your car?
Had my car only 3 weeks & it has already broken down. Went to start my car when it was 10 days old, & it wouldn’t start. Dashboard started by saying apply handbrake, which the car wouldn’t let me do. Then the dashboard kept flashing up all different faults & kept flickering. RAC was called & when they hooked up their laptop, to see what the fault was, it didn’t recognise DS7 cars, only DS5. Whilst the RAC man was looking at my car, it’s alarm went off, which he couldn’t stop by any means, so after 20 mins, he had to disconnect the battery, before my neighbours went mad. The RAC man rang my local Citroen garages, but they all said they won’t touch DS cars. The nearest DS garage was 40 miles away, so a low loader was called to tow it away, as the dashboard now said “engine management fault” now. Whilst waiting for the truck, we tried the car, one last time & it started. So I am none the wiser what caused the breakdown, so don’t know if it will happened again soon, or not. So it hasn’t been the best start to my ownership of a DS7, hopefully things can only get better.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Prestige 1.6 Petrol Automatic

Year

2018

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
A well thought out vehicle. There are so many exciting unique features with deep storage pocket between the front seats, and under the boot floor. The quiet 1.6 petrol engine has plenty of torque, giving quick acceleration. The engine cuts out when stationary at the lights to save fuel. The turning circle is very neat and useful. With keyless entry, you just touch the handle to open the car. On leaving, squeeze the handle and the car is immobilised and locked. At night a spotlight directs down from the door mirror to guide your feet! This DS7 Prestige is a delight to drive over rough British roads with all the potholes and sunken drain covers. You need to remember to select Comfort before starting off as the car defaults to Normal. In Comfort setting a camera detects potholes etc. ahead and alters the suspension damper of the affected wheel so you ride over the depression. I would describe the ride as a shimmy. The 360 degree reverse cameras are excellent. The ultra-modern design and bodywork finish are superb with beautiful leather fittings and designer BRM rotating clock in the dashboard. Six sexy led headlights swivel when the engine is started. At night they track the road and adjust beam to suit rural, urban or motorway roads. At a T Junction they highlight oncoming traffic to your right. The driver’s seat can be electrically adjusted for lumbar support and by memory to your preferred driving position. It then drops down when you exit the car. Six different massage settings can be selected for both driver and front passenger from the large touch screen display. I prefer the suitably named and very relaxing Cats Paw! The driver has a choice of steering wheel displays including map navigation or driving aid showing line of lanes and warning of deviation and passing vehicles as red led inside the door mirrors etc. I like the reassurance of two buttons above the internal mirror for central control assistance identifying your gps position if you break down. The red button will summon the emergency services in an accident. It you have a serious crash and the air bags activate the emergency services to come to you. Unlike most modern cars the DS7 has an essential spare tyre. A minor criticism is the limited guide book accompanying the car. A full manual has to be downloaded in a strange fashion via the Citroen website and is complicated to read. There are no written instructions on the excellent TomTom sat navigation. I could not find how to automatically change a sat nav route as it kept defaulting back to the original setting. I can thoroughly recommend this DS7 Prestige car.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2.0 HDi Prestige

Year

2018

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Tell us what you think about your car?
Saw one in Italy year before it was released in UK and liked what I saw. Visited DS Store in Manchester when looking to replace my 10yr old car. Mine was just over 12 months old, 8k miles. It was in excellent condition, had a towbar fitted by DS, Continental winter tyres fitted and damaged door wiring boot replaced. Have driven from UK to Italy skiing, France skiing; towed folding camper round southern France and it's been superb. Really comfortable and 450 mile trips are hardly noticed. It's quick enough for me on acceleration - I'm a quick driver than heavy footed so long trips on autoroutes have easily reached mid 50s mpg (normally at 75-78mph in France). It even coped with an unplanned trip from Lyon Airport to Manchester (via Channel Tunnel) in 13 hrs with 5 adults inside - no one moaned about room or comfort. In fact, my BMW owning friend on the trip was seriously impressed. Had no breakdowns, technology is excellent (love the big satnav map in the main binnacle) and haven't really noticed that much lag in main infotainment screen. Other reviewer commented on rear suspension 'skipping' - not noticed that in nearly 8000 miles and I suspect the tyres are over pressured. Only maintenance so far has been to add 15L of Adblue after 11 months when car alerted me. Apparently I was expected to use 25L over the period...
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

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