DS 3 Crossback E-Tense review

Category: Electric car

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

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.

DS didn’t feature in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, but sister brand Citroën finished a disappointing 22nd out of 31 manufacturers. The E-Tense comes with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is pretty standard for the class, although the battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles – whichever comes first.

The regular DS 3 Crossback received an impressive five-star Euro NCAP score, so it's likely the E-Tense will also protect you well in an accident. All versions comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, traffic sign recognition and a speed limiter as standard.

2020 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense rear cornering
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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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