DS3 Crossback review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

DS 3 Crossback 2019 infotainment
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK right front tracking shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK right rear tracking shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 RHD dashboard
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 rear seats
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense dash
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 infotainment
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 left front exterior static
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK right rear exterior static
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK front tracking shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 grille detail shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK front seats
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 boot open
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK right front tracking shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK right rear tracking shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 RHD dashboard
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 rear seats
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense dash
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 infotainment
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 left front exterior static
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK right rear exterior static
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK front tracking shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 grille detail shot
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 UK front seats
  • DS 3 Crossback 2019 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Pricing for the 3 Crossback might prove its biggest stumbling point. The range starts off sensibly enough, but the most eye-catching prices are reserved for the weedy petrol engine in entry-level spec. A glance at the other engines and trims might have you muttering “Hmm, that’s quite a lot” before exclaiming “Sacré bleu!” when you see how much the top models cost. The Volkswagen T-Cross and Seat Arona are much better value, and while the most popular Puretech 130 in Prestige trim is priced nearer to other premium cars, such as the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman, those are far more well-rounded cars.

At least the 3 Crossback fights back with its efficient range of engines. These should all keep running costs low, thanks to sensible claimed combined economy and relatively low CO2 emissions – good news for all you company car drivers out there. 

Overview

Exclusive and features efficient engines, but the DS3 Crossback is expensive and trails its rivals for practicality, ride and handling. We'd steer you towards better rivals, such as the VW T-Roc and T-Cross, as well as the Mini Countryman.

  • Good standard safety equipment
  • Clean engines
  • Electric version coming
  • Expensive to buy
  • Small boot and rear seats by class standards
  • So-so handling and ride
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