Sus­pended an­i­ma­tion

Good­bye DS 7 £38,990 OTR/£41,640 as tested


Aside from it be­ing lauded as per­haps the most beau­ti­ful car of all time, the 10-yearold me knew two things about the orig­i­nal Citroen DS.

One: it had fu­tur­is­tic head­lights that swiv­elled as you turned the steer­ing wheel. And two: it had hy­drop­neu­matic sus­pen­sion that raised and low­ered the car, giv­ing an in­cred­i­ble ride.

Un­like its pre­de­ces­sor, the DS 7 Cross­back’s looks might not be top­ping polls 60 years af­ter its launch, but it does have equally cool light­ing and sus­pen­sion sys­tems. I have cov­ered the light­ing in pre­vi­ous re­ports – ac­tive head­lights might not be un­usual these days, but you’ll strug­gle to find an­other car that greets you with such a the­atri­cal dis­play when you un­lock it at night.

The ac­tive-scan sus­pen­sion, how­ever, isn’t a fea­ture you’ll find on any other car in this sec­tor. A cam­era at the top of the wind­screen mon­i­tors the road sur­face ahead for any bumps or dips, while var­i­ous other sen­sors con­stantly mon­i­tor the car’s be­hav­iour.

Within a few mil­lisec­onds, all this in­for­ma­tion is fed into a com­puter that im­me­di­ately ad­justs the damp­ing on each of the four wheels in­de­pen­dently be­fore you reach said bump or pot­hole. Given that the cam­era is con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the road be­tween five and 20 me­tres in front of the ve­hi­cle, and all this hap­pens at speeds of up to 80mph (130kph), it’s a re­mark­able bit of tech­nol­ogy.

Ac­tive-scan sus­pen­sion is only op­er­a­tional when the car is in Com­fort mode but, when it’s work­ing, the dif­fer­ence is def­i­nitely no­tice­able.

Clever, in­no­va­tive sus­pen­sion was one of the hall­marks of the orig­i­nal DS and it’s great to see that, in this re­spect, the DS7 Cross­back is true to the spirit of the brand.

Sport mode? Pah! go for the Com­fort zone!

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