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DS 3 Crossback

(2019 - present)

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The DS 3 Crossback is a small SUV/crossover, which was launched in late 2018 and went on sale in the UK in early 2019. It effectively takes the place of the previous DS 3 supermini hatchback in the DS Automobiles range.

The regular DS 3 Crossback is currently available with both petrol and diesel engines, while there is also an electric model called the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. We have a separate page for the E-Tense here.

The DS 3 Crossback has received generally average to good scores from the UK motoring media in the few months since it was launched, with an overall Expert Rating that currently places it in the midfield of the small crossover sector. A number of the initial reviews were recorded at the international launch before the car arrived in the UK, so we will keep updating this page as more local reviews are published.

The DS 3 Crossback has received praise for its distinctive design and good equipment levels. However, it has been criticised for prioritising style over substance, with material quality and practicality not matching the best of its rivals.

Key specifications

Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £22,515 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: –
Replacement due: TBA

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2019

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

64%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

76%

SAFETY ASSIST

Note on safety rating

All DS 3 Crossback models sold in the UK qualify for a five-star Euro NCAP rating, although additional safety equipment is available at extra cost. In some other European markets, the DS 3 Crossback only has a four-star rating as standard due to lower levels of safety equipment.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The DS 3 Crossback has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic. If the DS 3 Crossback is tested, we will publish the results here.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: 2019

The DS 3 Crossback automatically received a Poor rating from Thatcham Research because it failed a relay attack test, which measures the security of a car’s keyless entry and/or keyless start system. All DS 3 Crossback models (petrol, diesel and E-Tense electric versions) are susceptible to thieves intercepting the car’s keyless signal and using it to steal the car.

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