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DS 3 Crossback

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DS 3 Crossback

(2019 - present)

    Summary


    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 scores from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating of 54% as of July 2022. That currently places it in the bottom half of the small crossover sector, a long way behind the class leaders.

    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 £24,300 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 score: 5 stars
    Date tested: July 2019
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    Adult protection: 96%
    Child protection: 86%
    Vulnerable road users: 64%
    Safety assist: 76%

    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


    No eco rating

    As of July 2022, the DS 3 Crossback has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the DS 3 Crossback 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.

    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 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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    DS 3 CrossbackThe 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.