DS3 Crossback review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, electric, petrol
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RRP £22,515What Car? Target Price from£21,598

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. 

Elegance trim is the entry point, and apart from 17in alloy wheels and manual air conditioning, there's not much to recommend it beyond the infotainment and parking aids we've mentioned previously. Prestige trim is where the extras begin to fit the premium billing, with privacy glass, climate control, power-folding mirrors and automatic wipers in the mix, but of course, there's the price to consider. 

DS didn’t feature in our 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, but sister brand Citroën finished a disappointing 24th out of 31 manufacturers. The 3 Crossback comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is pretty standard for the class.

It's yet to be tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP, but it comes with an impressive amount of safety kit as standard, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and a speed limiter.

DS 3 Crossback 2019 infotainment
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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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