DS 3 Crossback E-Tense review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£25,520
What Car? Target Price£24,536
DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD dashboard
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

As a product of PSA Group’s ‘premium’ brand, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense doesn’t come cheap. It’s a close match, price-wise, to the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, and more expensive than the MG ZS EV. It's substantially cheaper than the longer-range Tesla Model 3, though.

The E-Tense skips the entry-level 3 Crossback trim, offering a choice of only Performance line or Prestige specifications. Alongside the infotainment 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 privacy glass, power-folding mirrors and automatic wipers, but swells the price considerably.

DS didn’t feature in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, but sister brand Citroën finished a disappointing 22nd out of 31 manufacturers. The 3 Crossback comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is pretty standard for the class.

The non-electric 3 Crossback is yet to be tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP, but both it and the E-Tense come with automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and a speed limiter.

DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD infotainment
DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE 2019 LHD head-on tracking
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Verdict

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, making it the best version of the 3 Crossback yet. Objectively, though, rivals such as the Kia e-Niro and Kona Electric are much better buys.

  • Good refinement
  • Decent battery range
  • Many personalisation options
  • Not as versatile as rivals
  • Poor visibility
  • Not much fun to drive