DS 7 Crossback vs Volvo XC40


When the DS 7 Crossback first arrived within the UK, we named it “the model’s finest automobile”. It was extra convincing than different fashions from DS, however nonetheless wasn’t in a position to beat the Volvo XC40 once they went head-to-head in March.

Nonetheless, that take a look at was performed when petrol fashions weren’t obtainable, so we’ve introduced the 2 again collectively to see if this model of the French SUV has the sting over Volvo’s newest small 4×4. Many consumers are reconsidering which gasoline is finest for them, with diesel’s market share dropping accordingly within the UK in favour of petrol.

We’ll see if petrol is a greater possibility right here, and discover out if the petrol DS 7 can take again a win from the Volvo XC40. 


Mannequin: DS 7 Crossback PureTech 225 Status Volvo XC40 T5 AWD Inscription Professional
Worth:  £38,990 £37,620
Engine:  1.6-litre 4cyl turbo petrol 2.Zero-litre 4cyl turbo petrol
Energy/torque:  222bhp/300Nm 244bhp/350Nm
Transmission:  Eight-speed computerized, front-wheel drive Eight-speedautomatic, four-wheel drive 
Zero-60mph: eight.Three seconds 6.eight seconds
High velocity: 141mph 140mph
Take a look at financial system:  30.5mpg 35.2mpg
CO2/tax:  135g/km/£140 166g/km/£140
Choices: Pearlescent paint (£750) ,DS Evening Imaginative and prescient pack (£1,400), Premium security pack (£500)  None

DS 7 Crossback

For: Spacious inside, uncommon cabin design, a number of commonplace equipment.
In opposition to: Inconsistent journey high quality, not a lot enjoyable to drive, excessive checklist value.

The DS 7 Crossback isn’t the primary automobile to make use of the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, nevertheless it’s the primary bespoke mannequin for the DS model that isn’t based mostly on an previous Citroen.

As with the XC40, it makes use of MacPherson struts on the entrance and a multi-link set-up on the rear. Nonetheless, the French SUV differentiates itself with intelligent Energetic Scan Suspension tech.

This method appears to be like forward on the street and might change the automobile’s damping mechanically to swimsuit the circumstances. It makes use of a digicam behind the windscreen, plus 4 top sensors and three accelerometers, to make its choice concerning the stage of damping pressure wanted for a bump.

This all sounds promising, however in observe the system appears to end in an inconsistent journey moderately than a easy one. Generally it glides over bumps properly, however on some roads it might’t appear to maintain up with the floor and finally ends up bouncing over imperfections unpleasantly, and dipping into potholes harshly, too. Additionally, the rear suspension doesn’t match the entrance’s damping.

The comfortable set-up means the automobile pitches up and down when braking and accelerating as properly, so that you’re flung round within the unsupportive seats.

All of it contributes to a moderately disagreeable and exhausting driving expertise.

The DS 7 Crossback’s eight-speed computerized field is sluggish to shift, which held it again a bit in our Zero-60mph and 30-70mph assessments, and it doesn’t change as easily as its rival’s set-up, both.

The diesel DS 7 we examined beforehand was refined on the transfer, and this petrol mannequin is barely higher, nevertheless it’s the identical story within the XC40, which is quieter nonetheless on the street.

There’s a powerful stage of equipment within the DS 7 that matches the Volvo in lots of areas and exceeds it in some, with 19-inch alloys, heated leather-based seats, LED lights, an influence tailgate, wi-fi charging and smartphone connectivity on this Status trim.

It additionally includes a 12.Three-inch digital instrument cluster that may present sat-nav instructions and loads of different driving information. It is a match for the set-up within the XC40, though the DS’s 12-inch infotainment display isn’t as responsive or intuitive to make use of as its rival’s nine-inch unit.

Nonetheless, the DS 7’s cabin is appropriate, with a visually attention-grabbing design. It may appear a bit cramped subsequent to the airy-feeling XC40, however that’s extra all the way down to the darker supplies and smaller home windows than there being much less room inside: the Crossback is the larger automobile of the 2, and has fairly a bit extra boot area as properly.

Testers’ notes

  • • Connectivity: You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as commonplace on the DS, and the massive show works very properly with the smartphone-based programs.
  • • Design: Cabin design is exclusive, and received’t be for everybody. At the very least it’s not boring; many consumers will adore it.
  • • Supplies: High quality is sweet, however most trim isn’t fairly as tactile as that used within the XC40, and construct high quality is barely behind its rival’s as properly. 

Volvo XC40

For: Loads of commonplace gear, excellent inside, quiet and punchy engine, good gearbox and journey.
In opposition to: Not as spacious inside because the DS 7 Crossback, some infotainment points.

The XC40’s new platform means it makes use of totally different underpinnings to its bigger XC60 and XC90 sister automobiles. They sit on Volvo’s Scaleable Product Structure (SPA). Nonetheless, the CMA-based XC40 retains a transparent household hyperlink to these fashions, one a part of that being the T5 petrol engine.

It produces 244bhp and 350Nm of torque, which trumps the DS 7’s 222bhp and 300Nm. The Volvo’s 2.Zero-litre motor delivers its 50Nm  larger torque determine 100rpm decrease down within the rev vary than its rival, too, at 1,800rpm.

The Volvo is considerably heavier than the DS, although, so its 1,646kg kerbweight means it has rather more mass to drag alongside than the 1,425kg Crossback. Regardless of this, the XC40’s faster-shifting gearbox and punchy engine meant it was faster in our efficiency assessments.

From Zero-60mph the Volvo was properly forward of its rival, taking 6.eight seconds to do the dash, whereas the DS 7 wanted eight.Three seconds. The hole was not so nice from 30-70mph, with the automobiles recording occasions of 5.eight and 6.eight seconds.

But whereas the petrol engines in these fashions ship stable efficiency, their attraction is extra centred round their refinement. The Volvo is the quieter of the 2, and is hushed at motorway speeds. The T5 petrol is smoother than the Crossback’s motor, too, and has a extra nice notice as you undergo the gears.

Experience consolation is among the most necessary elements for these two fashions as properly, and the Volvo has the sting right here. Even with 19-inch wheels it doesn’t are inclined to thud into potholes, though it may very well be smoother at low velocity. However its rival is far much less snug and the XC40 is way extra composed at larger velocity.

It’s additionally considerably extra settled in corners than its competitor, and the sunshine steering and good ahead visibility imply it’s simpler to drive than the DS 7 Crossback. The Volvo’s seats and driving place are extra snug as properly.

One other issue that units these two SUVs aside from their rivals is their plush interiors. The XC40 has a cleaner and fewer fussy design utilizing tactile, high-quality supplies. The DS 7’s cabin appears to be like and feels nice as properly, though it’s extra cramped and isn’t as user-friendly.

Commonplace gear on the XC40 features a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite tv for pc navigation, DAB and Bluetooth connectivity, in addition to local weather and cruise management, LED headlights and heated seats.

Testers’ notes

  • • Dashboard: Excessive-grade supplies and an attention-grabbing design imply XC40 has the sting over the DS by way of inside high quality, if not area.
  • • Infotainment: Pill-style show works like a smartphone. Display screen can often be a bit laggy.
  • • Storage: The Volvo is flexible and properly packaged inside, with extensive door bins and a helpful centre console. 


First place: Volvo XC40

The XC40 is a greater purchase than the DS 7 in petrol kind in addition to diesel. It wins due to its easy journey, high-quality inside and spectacular commonplace equipment, although it’s much less spacious than its rival. The Volvo can also be higher to drive and cheaper to run.

Second place: DS 7 Crossback

The DS 7 isn’t a best choice in petrol or diesel kind. There’s loads of area and it presents one thing totally different to the competitors, however the inconsistent journey and operating prices let it down. Poor physique management erodes consolation additional, and means it’s not pleasurable to drive.