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.