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DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

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DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

(2020 – present)

    Summary


    The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is an electric version of the regular DS 3 Crossback small crossover. It arrived in the UK in early 2020, joining the petrol and diesel versions that had been on sale for about a year already.

    The E-Tense shares both its overall platform and electric powertrain with the Peugeot e-2008, Vauxhall Corsa-e and other small vehicles in the PSA family.

    Based on the 19 reviews we currently have in our database (as of July 2022), the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense tends to score more highly than the petrol and diesel versions from most reviewers. Its overall Expert Rating of 61% is currently about eight points higher, although this is based on fewer than half the reviews of the regular model, so it may change as more reviews are published in coming months.

    The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense has been praised for its distinctive styling, both inside and out. It’s smoother and quieter than the petrol or diesel models, with a comfortable ride. However, it’s not as practical as other vehicles that use the same platform, like the Peugeot e-2008, and is a similar price as larger vehicles with better battery range from other brands, like the Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona Electric.

    In late 2021, an update was announced that claims to improve the DS Crossback’s driving range by just under 7%, taking its official range to 212 miles. That brings it closer to its rivals but does not address any of the car’s other shortfalls.

    DS 3 Crossback E-Tense highlights

    • Lavish and refined interior
    • Leisurely driving experience
    • Stylish exterior
    • Intuitive infotainment
    • Rather agile for an SUV

    DS 3 Crossback E-Tense lowlights

    • Rivals have more battery range
    • Poor rear visibility
    • Expensive compared to alternatives
    • Less cabin and storage space than others
    • Susceptible to thieves due to poor tech

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small SUV/crossover
    Motor: electric, battery-powered
    Price: From £34,770 on-road

    Launched: Winter 2019/20
    Last updated: Autumn 2021
    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 E-Tense has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing if and when it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

    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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    BMW i3 | Citroën ë-C4 | Hyundai Kona Electric | Kia e-Niro | Kia Soul EV | Lexus UX 300e | Mazda MX-30 | MG ZS EV | Mini Electric | Peugeot e-2008 | Vauxhall Mokka-e | Volvo XC40 Recharge

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    DS 3 Crossback E-TenseThe DS 3 Crossback E-Tense electric SUV has been praised for its distinctive styling, but it's expensive and the battery range is sub-par.