Re­view of DS 7 Cross­back

Sussex Life - - Promotion - By Han­nah Bam­ford - gen­eral man­ager - Re­droaster Pike & Pine

Iwas re­cently in­vited by the mar­ket­ing man­ager of Tates DS Store in Brighton and Craw­ley to drive the all-new and very pres­ti­gious DS 7 Cross­back to give a fe­male’s view of the new lux­ury SUV. I jumped at the chance, who wouldn’t?

Driv­ing the DS 7 Cross­back was a real treat. The car is in­cred­i­bly ad­vanced and in­tu­itive which made my time driv­ing a plea­sure. I was lucky enough to be driv­ing the top-of-therange, Ul­tra Pres­tige ver­sion fin­ished in Byzan­tine Gold.

My first im­pres­sions when I turned up at the deal­er­ship to col­lect the SUV was ‘wow’. The sleek and grace­ful fea­tures re­ally make it stand out. From the front, the DS 7 Cross­back’s most strik­ing fea­ture is its deep grille, adorned with DS wings and flanked by slim, LED head­lamps. The over­all im­pres­sion is one of power and so­phis­ti­ca­tion; this is a car that’s cer­tain to turn heads whether on or off-road.

Long car jour­neys have al­ways been a strug­gle for me, but the DS 7 Cross­back’s care­fully crafted in­te­rior is re­plete with soft-touch ma­te­ri­als and gor­geous de­tail­ing. It cre­ates a con­tem­po­rary and el­e­gant feel, mak­ing my time driv­ing a plea­sure in­stead of the usual chore.

I loved how I could tai­lor pretty much ev­ery­thing in­side the ve­hi­cle to my ex­act re­quire­ments at the touch of a but­ton. The dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter en­abled me to cus­tomise the dis­play ac­cord­ing to which in­for­ma­tion was most im­por­tant to me and the se­cond 12in screen of­fered ac­cess to func­tions such as nav­i­ga­tion, mu­sic, phone and even a back mas­sage.

It’s also very ad­vanced in what it can do – I felt as if the ve­hi­cle was in­deed look­ing out for me. Be­yond all the dif­fer­ent drive set­tings, I liked the sig­nal it gives when pedes­tri­ans or an­i­mals are cross­ing close to you, and how it ad­justs speeds au­to­mat­i­cally, im­prov­ing the com­fort and of­fer­ing a unique driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, which when driv­ing around a busy city like Brighton, is very ben­e­fi­cial.

The park­ing sen­sors were great too, my big­gest worry in driv­ing a car more sig­nif­i­cant than I’m used to, was if I ever was go­ing be able to park! The HD screen is so clear, and the sen­sors are so pre­cise, mak­ing park­ing a breeze.

Over the week, which was the hottest in the south for many years, I was most grate­ful for the au­to­matic air con­di­tion­ing and the air-con­di­tioned seats! A much nicer way to keep cool than hav­ing cold air blown at your face the whole time you’re driv­ing.

All in all, it was a real plea­sure to drive the DS 7 Cross­back and was ex­tremely hard to hand it back to the guys at Tates DS.

Lo­cated on St James’ Street, the gate­way to Kemp­town, Pike & Pine is a botan­i­cal haven in cen­tral Brighton. The space is mod­ern and tran­quil with brass and mar­ble ac­cents through­out. Dur­ing the day we are Re­droaster cafe, fea­tur­ing cof­fee hand-roasted by our ded­i­cated team. In the evening we trans­form in to Pike & Pine. An award-win­ning restau­rant which of­fers sea­sonal menus, un­der the di­rec­tion of chef and owner – Matt Gil­lan. Join us for the evening and try some of our unique and in­ter­est­ing wines or some of our care­fully crafted cock­tails.

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