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DS 3 Crossback E-Tense review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense rear cornering
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense front cornering
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense rear
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense dash
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD boot open
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense rear cornering
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense front cornering 2
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense side
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense centre console
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD dashboard detail
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD instrument cluster detail
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD boot open
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense front cornering
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense rear
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense dash
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD boot open
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense rear cornering
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense front cornering 2
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense side
  • 2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense centre console
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD dashboard detail
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD instrument cluster detail
  • DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As a product of the PSA Group’s ‘premium’ brand, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense doesn’t come cheap. It’s priced roughly in line with the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, and is much more expensive than the MG ZS EV. It is substantially cheaper than the Tesla Model 3, though.

Unlike the regular DS 3 Crossback, the E-Tense isn't offered in a basic trim level; the range kicks off with relatively plush Performance Line trim. Alongside the infotainment features we mentioned earlier, Performance Line gives you lashings of faux suede and a perforated, leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrasting stitching, as well as dual-zone climate control. Prestige trim adds more luxury and convenience, but at this point the E-Tense starts getting really rather pricey.

Overview

Going electric has fixed some of the weak points of the 3 Crossback – but not all of them. It’s quieter, for example, and a little less fractious along bumpy roads. Objectively, though, rivals such as the Kia e-Niro have a longer range, are better to drive and are much more practical.

  • Distinctive looks
  • Decent battery range
  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Poor visibility
  • Not great to drive
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