DS 9 E-Tense review: Quietly comfortable

The DS 9 is an alternative to the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6, and other executive models. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
There's plenty of space and quality on the interior, with lots of leather and little details to give it character. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
There are two digital displays, offering plenty of information, although the interface is a touch over-styled and slow compared to the competition. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
But it's a quiet and refined car to drive, peaceful in the interior, with soft suspension to keep everything quiet. Unless you crank up the Focal sound system. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
At launch there's only a petrol engine or plug-in hybrid available. The PHEV will give you up to 30 miles (48km) of electric motoring. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The drive is really comfortable, but this isn't a hugely powerful car, with a 0-62mph (0-100kmph) time of 8.3 seconds. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
There are exterior details that add a touch of old school charm to the DS 9 -- like the "sabre" down the bonnet. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
DS has created a viable alternative in this segment. Comfort is the key here, along with a sumptuous interior, making for a relaxing and refined drive. (image credit: Pocket-lint)