Those of you with an eye for detail might notice that the Diesel Car long-term DS 7 has turned a funny colour. Gone is the SAS stealth-spec black-on-black look, replaced with this shiny silver-on-silver colour scheme. And it isnít just the colour thatís changed. Weíve moved up the trim level ladder, too, graduating to a mid-range Prestige model, complete with full leather upholstery and big alloy wheels. Itís the second of three instalments in our DS ownership experience, having previously run the more modest Performance Line model. Like that car, weíll be running ëFGZí for two months, swapping over to a range-topping Ultra Prestige version.
Thanks to our upgrade, we find ourselves with a massively improved kit list. Not only does our car get diamond-stitched seats and 20-inch wheels (19s are standard, while our 20-inch Tokyo rims are a £1,300 option), but weíre also good for adaptive cruise control and a natty B.R.M clock on the dashboard. And with winter getting into its stride, Iím unbelievably thankful for the heated seats and proper heated windscreen. FGZ has a pretty healthy options list, too. So much so that it’s almost as well equipped as a top-of-the-range DS 7 and almost as expensive. Weíve got a panoramic sunroof, and a night vision camera, which I was expecting to be gimmicky, but actually seems quite useful so far. Weíve also got a high-powered Focal audio system, too.
And the DS 7 Crossback Prestige is well into the realms of high-end. As before, weíve got the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, so the list price starts at £39,920. Our carís options, however, lift that to a chunky £45,440 and thatís most definitely premium car territory.
First impressions are, as is so often the case, vital, and FGZ has done well in that department. I wasnít sold on its predecessorís all-black colour scheme, but I think the brightwork around the grille and the lights looks great ñ even next to the silver paintwork. The leather is quilted, the seats come with all manner of electronic adjustment and even a massage system, which is fun to play with, if ultimately pointless. But it isnít about the toys. Itís the ambience thatís changed, and itís turned the DS from a contrived but likeable mish-mash into a cohesive premium product. And, perhaps weirdly, it feels much more solid. The black DS 7 had a piece of cheap, thin plastic trim around the cupholders, and it felt as though it was going to detach every time I caught it with a sleeve or an errant fingertip. In the Prestige model, that plastic has been plated to a silvery shine, and it feels far more dutifully bolted into position. In high-end cars, itís the small perceptions that make the difference.
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Date arrived 5th November 2018
Fuel economy 57.9mpg (combined) 39.7mpg (on test)
The Prestige interior suits the car far better than the last car’s Performance Line trim.
How much? With options, our new DS 7 comes in at £45,440!