DS7 Crossback

The DS7 has returned to the Scheme, but only in Performance line trim with the 8 speed automatic gearbox paired to the 1.2 litre petrol engine.

For Motability customers there three trim lines to choose from – Elegance, Performance Line and Prestige, entry level Elegance cars have 18in alloy wheels, LED rear lights, cruise control, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors and a powered tailgate, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, height adjustable front seats, and an 8 inch touchscreen complete with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, DAB radio and smartphone integration. The sporty-looking Performance Line models get 19in alloy wheels, LED headlights, electrically folding mirrors, Alcantara upholstery, rear lateral and curtain airbags, and a 12 inch infotainment screen with a 12.3in digital instrument cluster, voice recognition and sat nav. Prestige cars add leather seats with massage functions, 19-inch alloy wheels, an adjustable boot floor and adaptive suspension that scans the road ahead to spot and prepare for any nasty potholes as you drive along.

As you would expect there’s plenty of space, with room for adults in the front and a decent amount in the back too thanks to a flat floor, three people can just about squeeze in the second row. The boot offers 555 litres and a generous 1,752 litres with the rear seats folded. It’s quite a bit more than the 505 litres of the BMW X1 but down on the 615 offered from the VW Tiguan.

The two petrol engines are a 1.2 litre 130bhp manual only and an automatic only 1.6 litre with 181bhp paired to an 8 speed gearbox that can return a claimed 47.9 miles per gallon and reach 62 miles per hour in 9.9 seconds. The 1.5 litre diesel (front wheel drive only) offers 130 bhp and pushes the car along well, 62 miles per hour can be reached in 11.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 121 miles per hour. Economy is 72.4 miles per gallon on a combined circuit, which in the real world will be an excellent 50 miles per gallon, this engine is avaialble as a 6 speed manual or 8 speed automatic.

 Summer Best Buy – DS Automobiles DS7 1.2 Petrol 129bhp Performance line EAT8 Automatic – £3999 Advance Payment (£2870 wpms)