DS

DS DS 3 CROSSBACK HATCHBACK 1.2 PureTech 130 Prestige 5dr EAT8

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2141 g/km

The DS 3 Crossback is hardly inexpensive but in compensation it's a satisfyingly desirable take on small SUV motoring. The design is individual, the cabin feels special and it's well equipped. Plus the combustion engines are willing and economical - and there's the option of full-electric technology if you want it. This is the car that should really move the DS brand forward.

THREE'S A CHARM

If you want a premium small SUV that's a little different, this DS 3 Crossback might fit the bill, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Ten Second Review

The DS 3 Crossback is hardly inexpensive but in compensation it's a satisfyingly desirable take on small SUV motoring. The design is individual, the cabin feels special and it's well equipped. Plus the combustion engines are willing and economical - and there's the option of full-electric technology if you want it. This is the car that should really move the DS brand forward.

Background

Here's an interesting stat. it won't be long before SUVs account for a quarter of all car sales. And premium brands account for 11% of all worldwide car production but 37% of automotive segment profits. Which explains why the Peugeot/Citroen conglomerate needs the DS brand. And why the DS brand needs this car, the DS 3 Crossback. It's taken the DS marque some time to get off the ground. The DS3, DS4 and DS5 hatches the company kicked off with were re-badged Citroens that struggled to justify premium pricing. But we were promised bespoke DS designs that would. The mid-sized seven-seat DS 7 Crossback was the first of these. This smaller DS 3 Crossback is the second.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, things are fairly familiar - in the case of the combustion engines anyway. DS offers the PSA Group's usual three cylinder 1.2-litre PureTech unit in 100hp manual form (a six-speeder), or with 130 or 155hp mated to EAT8 eight-speed automatic transmission with column-mounted shift paddles. There's also a manual 1.5-litre BlueHDi 100 diesel, which is interesting because diesel power is rapidly becoming a novelty in the SUV 'B' segment. You might buy the diesel for its economy but its pulling power (250Nm) isn't very much different to what you'd get from the PureTech 155 petrol unit. As usual amongst premium models, you get a driving modes system, this one offering 'eco', 'normal' and 'sport' settings. The alternative to all these units is the all-electric 'E-Tense' variant you can ask your dealer about. This develops 132bhp and uses a 50kWh battery pack (mounted in an 'H' configuration below the front and rear seats) that allows for a claimed 186-mile WLTP-rated driving range. Torque of 260Nm allows the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense to sprint from rest to 30mph in just 3 seconds and reach 62mph in 8.7s. As is the current trend, there's plenty of semi-autonomous driving technology on offer (most of it optional). The 'DS Drive Assist' package combines 'Active Cruise Control' and 'Lane Keeping Assist' in a form that sees the vehicle managing both steering and speed.

Design and Build

Styling's an emotive subject but most will probably agree that this car offers a more interesting take on 'B'-segment supermini-based SUV design. It's 4.17-metres long, 1.79-metres wide and 1.53-metres high, which means that it sits amongst the bigger contenders in this segment - cars like the Honda HR-V and the Audi Q2. The DS 3 Crossback sits on the PSA Group's new CMP platform, the same as that used for new-era versions of the Peugeot 208 and the Vauxhall Corsa. Inside, there's an over-riding diamond-shaped theme - the digital instrument pack, the dashboard switches, the air vents and many other interior fitments all bear this shape. Cabin trim is based around your choice of five 'Inspiration' packages - 'MONTMARTRE', 'BASTILLE', 'PERFORMANCE Line', 'RIVOLI' and 'OPERA'. You get a reasonable array of storage compartments including cup holders and a broad, functional sliding armrest. The seats are particularly comfortable thanks to a special bi-density foam the brand has developed. But over-the-shoulder vision is somewhat compromised by the rear 'D'-pillar. In the rear, the window line in the rear is rather high, so if you've got kids, you might want to make sure they're OK with that. And the boot capacity, though reasonable at 350-litres, is a little down (50-litres) on what you'd get in a rival Audi Q2.

Market and Model

DS 3 Crossback pricing ranges from around £21,500 to nearly £33,000. There are four standard trim levels - 'Elegance', 'PERFORMANCE Line', 'Prestige' and 'Ultra Prestige' - which feature distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian districts. Even 'Elegance' variants are well equipped, featuring 17-inch Grey Anthracite diamond-cut alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a 'Safety Park', which includes an Emergency Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist, Speed recognition and Intelligent Speed Adaptation. Other standard features include an alarm system, a space saver spare wheel, air conditioning and a 7 inch touchscreen, with 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, Bluetooth and a DAB digital radio with eight speakers. Further up the range, there are larger wheels and classy stitched leather interiors. The next trim level up, 'Performance Line', gives you power folding mirrors, dark tinted rear windows, 3D LED rear lights, part-alcanatara seat trim and aluminium sports pedals. 'Prestige'-spec adds climate control and a larger 10-inch centre-dash touchscreen with 3D navigation. Top 'Ultra Prestige' variants include a head-up display, keyless entry and start, LED VISION headlamps, a reversing camera, Nappa leather seats with a 'watchstrap' design

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the exact figures that the DS 3's various engines can produce, all of which are helped by the light weight of this car's underlying CMP PSA Group platform. We'll quote WLTP fuel figures and NEDC emissions readings. The base 1.5-litre BlueHDi 100 manual diesel model manages up to 62.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 97g/km. The alternative PureTech 100 petrol derivative manages up to 52.0mpg and up to 105g/km of CO2. For the auto PureTech 130, the figures are up to 47.1mpg and up to 109g/km. And for the auto PureTech 130 variant, you're looking at up to 45.7mpg and up to 121g/km. Few direct rivals can better these figures. If you want to do better in a DS 3 Crossback, you need to be looking at the all-electric 'E-Tense' version, which uses a 50kWh lithium-ion battery that can be re-charged to 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes from the right plug point. The 11kW wallbox that owners will want to fit in their garages will re-charge the car in five hours. When out and about, a 100kW public fast-charging point will perform a full charge in 90 minutes. With a fully replenished battery, 186 miles of WLTP-rated driving range is possible.

Summary

The money being asked here seems a lot for a supermini-based 'B'-segment SUV bu the DS brand isn't alone in putting forward that kind of proposition. And it's not one that's done similar crossovers like Audi's Q2 and the Volkswagen T-Cross any harm. But those brands have market recognition. DS is still seeking that - but ought to find more of it courtesy of this car. It has a special feel lacking from its German rivals - and its hybrid E-Tense electrified technology is ahead of them too. This car, like its brand, is aspirational. If you are too and you're shopping in this segment while looking for something a bit different, you might well like it.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Automatic front windscreen wipers
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Acoustic and tinted front and rear windscreens

  • Electric parking brake
  • Hill assist control
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Power assisted steering
  • DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
  • Cruise control with speed limiter

  • Multi function on board trip computer
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Service indicator

  • Heated door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Tinted exterior door mirrors
  • Electrically folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlight
  • Gloss black exterior door mirrors

  • Bluetooth handsfree and media streaming
  • 2 x USB sockets in front
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Flush fitting exterior door handles
  • Chrome door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Twin exhaust tailpipe
  • Chrome DS wings
  • DS monogram on rear tailgate

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic lights

  • Odour filter

  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • 12V socket
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Front/rear passenger grab handles
  • Bag support hooks in the boot
  • Front central armrest

  • Front and rear LED reading lights
  • Boot light

  • Warning triangle on boot lid
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Seatbelt warning
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Airbags - front / rear lateral and curtain airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter

  • Premium seat with comfort foam and pads & map pocket
  • 40/60 backrest split on rear seats with easy folding button
  • Two rear isofix mounting points
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Height adjustable front/rear head restraints

  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks

  • Sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror

  • Black centre caps with DS logo

  • Noise Level dB(A): 67
  • CO: 0.261
  • HC: 0.02
  • NOx: 0.026
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0007
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 115
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 141
  • CO2 (g/km): 109
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 75
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90.5
  • CC: 1199

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 48.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 65.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 37.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 34.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 44.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 55.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 49.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 45.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 39.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 54
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 63
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 130
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Prestige
  • Coin Description: PureTech 130
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 96
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 170
  • Engine Torque - NM: 230
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 131
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.2
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 23.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: N
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: N
  • Wheel Style: MADRID

  • Width (including mirrors): 1988
  • Height: 1534
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4118
  • Width: 1802
  • Wheelbase: 2558

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1205
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1700
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 44
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 640
  • Max. Loading Weight: 495
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1050
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.7

  • Advanced traction control: £150

  • Voice recognition: £0
  • Wireless charging for smartphone: £200

  • DS Sensorial drive: £250
  • Rear parking sensors: Included

  • DS Delivery valet: £195

  • DS Connect Nav - Connected 3D navigation, 10 inch HD touchscreen, automatic air conditioning: £700
  • 7" touch screen: Included
  • Head up Display: £300

  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror: £100

  • Focal Electra Hi-Fi sound system: £900
  • 8 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Pearlescent paint: £750
  • Body colour roof: Included
  • Perla nera black roof: £200
  • Opal white roof: £200
  • Diamond red roof: £200

  • DS Matrix LED headlights with low and high beam assist: £1,200
  • DS LED rear lights: £300
  • Halogen headlights: Included

  • Automatic air conditioning: Included

  • Aluminium sports pedals: £200
  • Black leather steering wheel: Included
  • DS inspiration opera nappa leather with watch strap design: £2,200
  • Black interior roof: £0
  • Light grey interior roof: Included
  • Pebble grey steering wheel: £0
  • DS Inspiration BASTILLE LEATHER - Grained leather upholstery: £1,200
  • DS Inspiration RIVOLI - Luxembourg cloth/Nappa leather upholstery: £900
  • DS Inspiration BASTILLE - Peruzzi cloth/Leather upholstery: Included

  • Safety pack - DS 3 Crossback: Included
  • Advanced safety pack - DS 3 Crossback: £200
  • Premium safety pack - DS 3 Crossback (automatic transmission): £850
  • City pack - DS 3 Crossback: £450

  • Metallic - Millennium blue: £550
  • Metallic - Imperial gold: £550
  • Metallic - Perla Nera Black: £550
  • Metallic - Whisper purple: £550
  • Metallic - Artense grey: £550
  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £550
  • Metallic - Ruby red: £550

  • Pearl - Pearl white: £750

  • Solid - Bianca white: £0

  • Keyless Start: Included
  • Proximity keyless entry and start: £350

  • DS Inspiration BASTILLE LEATHER - Grained leather - Black basalt with black roof lining: £1,200
  • DS Inspiration BASTILLE LEATHER - Grained leather - Black basalt with light grey roof lining: £1,200
  • DS Inspiration OPERA - Watchstrap Nappa leather - Art black basalt with black roof lining: £2,200
  • DS Inspiration OPERA - Watchstrap Nappa leather - Art black basalt with light grey roof lining: £2,200

  • DS Inspiration BASTILLE - Peruzzi cloth/Leather - Bronze/Black basalt with light grey roof lining: £0
  • DS Inspiration BASTILLE - Peruzzi cloth/Leather - Bronze/Black basalt with black roof lining: £0
  • DS Inspiration RIVOLI - Luxembourg cloth/Nappa leather - Pebble grey with light grey roof lining: £900

  • 18" Sao Paulo diamond cut alloy wheels: £600
  • 18" Shanghai black onyx diamond cut alloy wheels: £450
  • 18" Kyoto diamond cut alloy wheels: £550
  • 18" Lisbon diamond cut alloy wheels: £550
  • 17" Madrid black onyx diamond-cut alloy wheels: Included
  • 18" Barcelona black onyx diamond cut alloy wheels: £650

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £100

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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