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The automotive industry has witnessed an evolution in recent years, and the latest addition to this transformation is the DS9 car. With its sleek design, cutting-edge technology, and exhilarating performance, the DS9 is poised to redefine the luxury car experience.
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The design of the new DS9 is a harmonious blend of avant-garde aesthetics and classic luxury elements. It's a true embodiment of DS Automobiles' commitment to innovation and sophistication. The exterior features bold and dynamic lines that give the car a distinct and futuristic presence on the road. A prominent front grille, often adorned with the brand's emblem, sets a strong visual identity, flanked by sleek LED headlights that add to its modern appeal.
While the DS9 places a significant emphasis on luxury and style, it also offers practicality that suits the needs of everyday life. The spacious interior ensures ample legroom and headroom for both front and rear passengers, enhancing comfort during longer journeys. The well-thought-out layout of controls, along with ergonomic seats, contributes to a user-friendly and convenient driving experience.
In terms of boot space, the DS9 strikes a balance between accommodating luggage and maintaining its sleek design. While the exact boot capacity can vary depending on the specific model and configuration, the DS9 offers 510 litres of storage space in its boot. The boot space in the DS9 is designed to be practical for everyday use, providing enough room for groceries, luggage, or other essentials.
When you step inside the new DS9, you're immediately greeted by an interior that exudes luxury and technological innovation. From the exquisite choice of materials to the advanced features at your fingertips, the DS9's cabin is a testament to DS Automobiles' dedication to creating a refined driving environment.
The DS9's interior is a celebration of premium materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Soft-touch surfaces, supple leather upholstery, and tasteful trim accents create an ambiance that rivals the most opulent luxury cars on the market. Every detail, from the stitching on the seats to the chrome accents, speaks to the brand's commitment to excellence.
At the heart of the DS9's interior is its cutting-edge infotainment system. A sizable high-resolution touchscreen graces the dashboard, seamlessly integrating navigation, entertainment, and connectivity options. The user-friendly interface ensures that accessing features and settings is intuitive, allowing you to stay connected and informed while on the road.
Behind the steering wheel, the digital cockpit provides a futuristic touch. The customizable digital instrument cluster displays vital driving information, from speed to navigation directions, in a sleek and modern format. It's an immersive experience that elevates the act of driving to a new level.
Three trim levels are available: Rivoli +, Opera and Esprit De Voyage.
The Rivoli Plus variant showcases an impressive set of 19-inch 'Versailles' alloy wheels that complement the DS9's aesthetic perfectly. Inside, the upholstery embraces black Nappa leather seats and trim, delivering a luxurious ambiance. Standard features include adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree reversing camera, while the front seats offer a refreshing touch with ventilation and a massage function.
Stepping up to the Opera specification, the electric tailgate, panoramic sunroof, and innovative night vision camera are all included as standard. This level also features ventilated front seats, 21-inch alloy wheels, comprehensive 360-degree camera coverage, and advanced drive assist safety technology. The audio experience is elevated with the inclusion of a FOCAL Electra sound system boasting 14 speakers and an 8.0-inch subwoofer.
For those seeking the pinnacle of luxury and equipment, the Esprit de Voyage trim offers a distinctive touch with pale Pearl Grey Nappa leather seats that extend to the centre console, dashboard, and door panels. Pebble Grey Alcantara graces the headlining and door armrests, creating an exquisite atmosphere. The 20-inch alloy wheels, outfitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, further enhance the driving experience. Three stunning exterior colours - Crystal Pearl, Platinum Grey, and Perla Nera Black - provide a range of stylish choices for personalization.
The DS 9 offers a choice of three powertrain options, each featuring a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine. Among them, there's a conventional 225hp petrol engine and two E-Tense plug-in hybrid variants, boasting either 250hp or 360hp. The 360hp variant incorporates a unique four-wheel-drive system, utilizing an additional electric motor for the rear wheels. This electric motor enhances acceleration and traction, especially in situations requiring extra power or grip on slippery surfaces.
Opting for the 250hp PHEV model commands a premium over the base petrol version, and it harmonizes better with the DS 9's relaxed driving demeanour. While the engine can sound somewhat coarse when pushed, it finds its stride in quiet, composed cruising, capitalizing on an electric range of up to 38 miles.
Sportiness is not the DS 9's focal point, even in the 360hp variant. The vehicle's handling is solid and dependable, yet the steering doesn't offer the engaging feedback one might expect for spirited driving. For those seeking an agile driving experience, alternatives like the BMW 5 Series might be a more suitable choice.
Where the DS 9 truly shines is in its exceptional cruising capabilities, a paramount consideration for those in the market for an executive car. Equipped with adaptive suspension featuring camera-based road detection, the DS 9 pre-empts road imperfections, adjusting the suspension settings to ensure a smoother ride. While not flawless, this system effectively mitigates the impact of rough surfaces, showcasing its prowess on the often-challenging road conditions found across Britain. Furthermore, the DS 9 exhibits a serene glide at highway speeds, enhancing its appeal for comfortable long-distance journeys.
The DS9 is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £46,045.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £399.61.
If you're considering leasing a DS9, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).
Leasing a DS9 can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.
It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest Audi retailer.