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DS 3

(2019 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

60
%
C

Used car score:

65
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

48
%
E

Safety Rating:

68
%
C

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

66
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

60
%
C

Used car score:

65
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

48
%
E

Safety Rating:

68
%
C

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

66
%
B

Summary


Arriving in the UK in early 2019 as the DS 3 Crossback, the DS 3 is a small SUV/crossover. It effectively takes the place of the previous DS 3 supermini hatchback in the DS Automobiles range.

The combustion-powered DS 3 is currently available with strictly petrol engine options – diesel models were available at launch, nut were removed later into the model’s lifespan. There is also an electric model called the DS 3 E-Tense. We have a separate page for the E-Tense here.

An update to this model landed in the UK in Spring 2023. Renamed simply as DS 3, the ‘Crossback’ tag has been dropped (the same thing is also happening to the larger DS 7 Crossback), and the facelift also introduced a few minor exterior styling tweaks.

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

Part of a very competitive small SUV sector, the majority of reviewers conclude that the DS 3 is a capable family-sized SUV that is hindered by the strengths of rivals – rivals that are often much cheaper. What Car? concludes that the crossover “trails its rivals for practicality, ride and handling”, while Parker‘s Luke Wilkinson says he feels unconformable recommending the DS 3 “without first trying to steer you towards a Ford Puma or one of the 3’s cheaper chassis siblings from within the Stellantis group.”

As of January 2024, the DS 3 holds a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 60%. It scores top marks for its low CO2 emissions, while its running costs are also low. However, its safety rating is merely average and its media reviews have been poor. We also don’t currently have reliability data for the DS 3 range, so check back again soon.

DS 3 highlights

  • Well-equipped as standard
  • Upmarket interior
  • Comfortable driving experience

DS 3 lowlights

  • Expensive, base price and up
  • Rivals offer more rear legroom and boot space
  • So-so driving dynamics

Key specifications


Body style: Small SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £25,920 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated: Spring 2023
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mail

+

Daily Mirror

+

Eurekar

+

Fleetworld

+

Green Car Guide

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Honest John

+

Parkers

+

The Sun

+

The Sunday Times

+

The Telegraph

+

Top Gear

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What Car?

+

Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 64%
Safety assist: 76%

Note on safety rating

All DS 3 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 economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the DS 3 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the DS 3 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the DS 3 Crossback, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models124 g/kmA143 – g/kmB – A
Diesel models120 g/kmA120 – 123 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models20A14 – 25A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£174A
Year 2£478A
Year 3£749A
Year 4£970A
Year 5£1,340A
Overall£3,711A

The DS 3 is a very affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

We don’t have independently verified fuel consumption data as of September 2023, but the CO2 levels (which are linked closely to fuel consumption) are excellent, which suggest fuel economy will be very good as well.

Insurance costs are also outstanding, as are servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years from new.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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

Date: 2019

The DS 3 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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The DS 3 Crossback has received average scores from the UK media, with an Expert Rating that places it in the midfield of the small crossover sector.DS 3