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DS 9 E-Tense hybrid

4 / 5

Overview Of Car

The DS E-TENSE is an all-electric concept sports car built by DS Automobiles, Citroen’s sub-unit. The car defines what the future of sports cars would look like. The E-TENSE is the successor of the Survolt. The DS 9 is a handsome car and the car maker says it pays tribute to the 1955 DS, though the only real design feature that can be linked back to Citroën’s vaunted classic are the rear light cornets that flank the top of its rear window.

Make:DS 9
Body Style:Sedan
Price Guide:€54,150
Release Date:2021
Fuel Type:Hybrid / Petrol
0-100 km/h:8.3 seconds
Top Speed (km/h):240 km / h
Drive Train:FWD
Engine Size:1598 cm3
Engine Power (hp):222bhp
Engine Torque (nm):300 Nm
Fuel Consumption:3818 Km


  • Soaks up the bumps
  • Quiet and refined intrerior
  • High quality upholstery
  • Roomy rear


  • Infotainment isn't the most advanced
  • Touchscreen disappoints
  • Limited engine choices at launch
  • Forget the massage function

The Driving

The hybrid – or E-Tense in DS marketing speak – has an 11.9kWh lithium-ion battery, which can supply up to 34 miles of zero-emissions  driving in Electric mode. Petrol power, e-motor power or a combination of both is sent strictly to the front wheels via the eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Comfort

Aside from the 222bhp petrol Performance Line+, all cars get DS Active Scan Suspension. A camera looks out over that gauche bonnet-mounted sabre, scanning the road so the AI brain can instantly stiffen or slacken the damping force to optimise occupant comfort.

The Fuel Economy

During road tests on a number of mixed roads, including 10 miles of motorway, it returned 70.5mpg. Ratified carbon dioxide emissions were 33g/km. You can run on e-power alone at motorway speeds given sufficient battery charge, and there’s an E-Save mode which will hold 12 miles, six miles or all your e-power, should you need to bank it for zero emissions areas.

The Design & Interior

This is a big car – and that’s actually a good starting point. You can’t pin ambitions of luxury and comfort on something that’s too small, especially when you need to provide ample boot space and knee room for passengers in the back – which is something that the DS 9 has no problem with. It’s the interior, however, that’s the most distinctive. If you’ve been following the DS story firstly through Citroën models and more recently through its own DS badged models, you’ll recognise the high-quality finish, the use of diamond patterns, the guillochage effect, and details like pearl stitching.

The Technology

The DS 9’s central display offers all the major functions you’d expect, with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, although this isn’t wireless. There is a wireless charging pad for your smartphone – and once connected it’s easy to hide your phone away to avoid further busy looks. While the main touchscreen works well enough, there are buttons across the bottom to give you access to just about everything you might need – climate, music, navigation, phone, and so on – and that makes things easy to get to what you want.

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Autotraders Expert Verdict

Exterior Design
Fuel Economy
Value for Money

The 9 saloon is the best DS yet. It delivers on comfort, refinement and fuel economy, and undercuts BMW's 530e by about £6000 while offering more standard equipment. The DS 9 is keenly priced, given its standard specification, and the plug-in hybrid model does make sense on paper for fleet drivers. Those who want a chic plug-in hybrid saloon with more space than a BMW 320e or with more equipment than a BMW 520e should definitely consider this unique French limousine.