360 hp against German SUVs

It was time for the DS7 to offer a device that lived up to its premium ambitions. With 360 hp, what German competitors can worry?

New performance DS7 (2022) – Although so far it reaches a power level of 300 hp, the DS7 is offered the cavalry of the Peugeot 508 PSE to outwit the competition for high-performance German SUVs, due to their restyling. With 360 hp, against which competitors is it able to compete?

4.57 m longthe DS7 Crossback, recently renamed simply DS7, has always been located between two categories. When the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA are on average more than 4.46 m long, the Q5, X3 and GLC show rather a 4.70 m template. But with its new 360 hp rechargeable hybrid engine, the Frenchman aims to face the second category of crossovers across the Rhine.

Compactness bonus

For this, the French is based on a 200 hp petrol unit to which are added a 110 hp electric motor on the front axle and its 112 hp alter ego on the rear to offer four-wheel drive and accumulates 360 hp, capable of catapulting it From 0 to 100 km / h in 5.6 seconds. In the exercise of the stopped exit of 1000 m, it published a time of 25.4 s. On the battery side, it is based on a capacity of 14.2 kWh that promises a rally 65 km in the WLTP mixed cyclewithout having to use the thermal block.

Looking ahead to Q5

On its way, the new DS7 Performance will cross aging first Audi Q5 (4.68 m long). In its SQ5 version, the 341 hp drops from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.1 s thanks to its lighter diesel engine than the rechargeable hybridization of the competitor tricolor. And when German is offered this type of PHEV block, its 367 hp accumulated requires 5.3 s to go from 0 to 100 km / h. In terms of range, this electrified Q5 advertises only 40 km WLTP.

Facing the X3

At BMW, the only plug-in hybrid engine (292 hp) of the X3 (4.71 m long) appears a little weak (from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.1 s) to expect to worry about the DS7 Performance. Therefore, it will be necessary to use the 100% thermal version xDrive M40i to obtain a power level equivalent to the French competitor. Seva 6 cylinders of 360 CV proves to be much more efficient, happening less than 5 seconds (4.9 seconds) to reach 100 km / h, but its average consumption soars (8.8 l) compared to the DS7 capable of feat thanks to its electric motor.

Facing the GLC

Finally, in Mercedes, the novelty GLC (4.72 m long) offers two plug-in hybrid offerings. But it is necessary to use its most powerful variant (381 hp) to lower the 0 to 100 km / h to the level of the DS7 Performance (5.6 s). For your defense, the starring SUV has a heavy battery that allows you to get together more than 100 km in all electric. But at what price? We bet that the DS7 Performance will be more affordable as well as more agile in sports use.

You will need to carry this new DS7 Performance in hand to judge its true qualities. But on paper, it should be more affordable than most of the German competitors mentioned above, despite being more refined on board. Its interior will have no problem eclipsing the aged Audi Q5, and should live up to the BMW X3. On the contrary, the French will fight to keep the dragee high in the face of the modernity of the cabin of the Mercedes GLC, ultra techno.

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