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2020 (21) DS 3 Crossback 100kW E-TENSE Ultra Prestige 50kWh 5dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

10" touch screen7 inch digital instrument cluster display
Apple car play/Android AutoBluetooth handsfree and media steaming with 1A USB socket
Cruise control with speed limiterDS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
DS Connect Nav - Connected 3D navigationFront parking sensors
Head up DisplayMulti function on board trip computer
PASRear parking sensors
Reversing cameraService indicator
Speed limit recognition and speed warningVoice recognition

Entertainment

2 x USB sockets in front8 speakers
DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Acoustic and tinted front and rear windscreensAutomatic front windscreen wipers
Automatic lightsAutomatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
Body coloured bumpersChrome door handles
Chrome front door sill trimDark tinted rear windows
DS 3D LED rear lightsDS monogram on rear tailgate
E-TENSE badgingElectrically adjustable door mirrors
Electrically folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlightElectrochrome door mirrors
Flush fitting exterior door handlesFrameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
Front and rear electric windowsGloss black exterior door mirrors
Heated door mirrorsHeated rear windscreen
LED daytime running lightsLED rear number plate lights
Tinted exterior door mirrors 

Interior Features

12V socket60/40 split rear seat back
Adjustable front and rear headrestsAdjustable steering wheel
Automatic air conditioningBag support hooks in the boot
Black roof linerBoot light
Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated LED vanity mirrorsFront + rear carpet mats
Front and rear LED reading lightsFront central armrest
Front/rear passenger grab handlesHeight adjustable front seats
Odour filterPremium seat with comfort foam and pads & map pocket
Programmable heater with temperature regulatorTwin front cupholders
Two rear isofix mounting points 

Packs

E-TENSE exterior pack - DS 3 Crossback 

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS
Airbags - front / rear lateral and curtain airbagsElectric parking brake
ESPHeight adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter
Hill assist controlSeatbelt warning
Tyre pressure monitoring systemWarning triangle on boot lid

Security

ImmobiliserLocking wheel nuts
Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarmProximity keyless entry and start
Remote central locking + deadlocks 

Technical

7kW accelerated charging 

Trim

DS Inspiration monogram on the dashboardPearl stitching

Wheels

Tyre repair kitWhite wheel centre caps with DS logo
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh50Battery Charge Slow kW7.2
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)450
Battery Charge Fast kW100Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-80
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)30Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles267
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max18.3WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min17
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max3.4WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min3.7
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Max428WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - Min468
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb322WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max307
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min332WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Max265.9
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - Min290.8WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb200
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max190.8WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min206.3

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0Noise Level dB(A)68

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Gears1 SPEED
TransmissionAUTO 

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0
Badge Power136Coin Description50kWh
Coin SeriesUltra PrestigeGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0730EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %87
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %86NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %54NCAP Safety Assist %63
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.7Engine Power - BHP136
Engine Power - KW100Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Torque - LBS.FT221Engine Torque - MKG30.6
Engine Torque - NM300Engine Torque - RPM3674
Top Speed93 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTP 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleKYOTOWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1534Length4118
Wheelbase2558Width1791
Width (including mirrors)1988 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight1975Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1050
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)350Max. Loading Weight452
Minimum Kerbweight1523No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.7
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE

The trend for battery-powered small SUVs is growing. Jonathan Crouch drives the charismatic DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE.

Ten Second Review

Here's a car that taps into a couple of the fastest growing trends in the automotive market: those for full-electric vehicles and small SUVs. The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE might have an awkward name but on paper at least, it promises to bring buyers some of the best things from both of these market genres. And it's another model that should really move the DS brand forward.

Background

DS uses 'E-TENSE' branding for its electric variants; the larger DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE is a 'PHEV' or 'Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle', which uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine combined with a battery. A DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE though, dispenses with combustion engineering altogether and is a 'BEV' (or 'Battery Electric Vehicle'). At its launch in 2019, this was the first full-battery-powered small SUV on the market. And certainly the first of many. It uses the same all-electric engineering we've subsequently also seen in other PSA Group products, the Vauxhall Corsa-e and Peugeot's e-208 and e-2008 models.

Driving Experience

This all-electric 'E-Tense' variant is made possible due to the fact that the CMP platform that the DS 3 Crossback sits upon has, rather cleverly, been engineered to accept both conventional and full-battery powertrains. This 'full-battery' set-up sees a 136hp electric motor linked to a 50kWh lithium-ion battery and a system for recovering energy during acceleration and braking, with effectiveness you can maximise via two driver-activated energy recovery settings - 'Normal' and 'Brake'. A DS 3 Crossback E-Tense also offers three main selectable driving modes - 'Eco', 'Normal' and 'Sport', the last of which delivers the powertrain's maximum 260Nm torque figure to the tarmac the instant the wheels begin to turn. Which is why, despite the fact that this electric derivative tips the scales at over one and a half tonnes, rest to 62mph can be dispatched in just 8.7s. Of course, drive like that too often and you're not going to get anywhere near the quoted WLTP-rated driving range of around 200 miles. The battery weighs 350kg, but the car's kerb weight has risen by only 300kg - all of this mass low and centralised - because the engine and its ancillaries are no longer needed. All EVs are quiet but many suffer from wind noise and tyre roar; there's little of that here. What you do get - to meet the current trend - is 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

At first glance, there is not much to mark this 'zero emission' model out from other variants in the DS 3 Crossback range. It's all very subtle, key visual differentiation points including this derivative's exclusive Pearl Crystal paint finish, extra satin-chrome exterior touches and E-TENSE badging. Otherwise, this variant is exactly like its petrol and diesel showroom stablemates, so it's 4.17-metres long, 1.79-metres wide and 1.53-metres high, measurements which position this car amongst the bigger contenders in the segment for small premium SUVs. At the front end, subtle angled bonnet crease lines flow into a diamond-effect grille that can be finished in matt or gloss black. It's separated from the glistening headlamps by distinctive trimming strips - the brand calls them 'DS Wings' - that can feature either in chrome or more gloss black. And it's all set off by vertically-beaded LED daytime running lamps, which frame the corners of the bumper. At the rear, this E-TENSE variant has a uniquely-styled rear bumper - one of course that doesn't have to incorporate an exhaust pipe. Inside, the EV changes include dedicated information displayed in the digital instrument binnacle and an auto gear lever embossed with the 'E-TENSE' emblem. As with any other DS 3 Crossback, the cabin features 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. There's a 7-inch centre-dash screen - which grows to 10-inches in size (as here) if you get a variant fitted with navigation. 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. Because this EV model's batteries are housed within this design's clever multi-energy CMP architecture, the boot capacity (350-litres) is exactly the same as what you'd get in a petrol or diesel version of this model. Push forward the 60:40-split backrest and 1,050-litres of space is revealed.

Market and Model

The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE model comes in three levels of trim - 'Performance Line' (which costs around £30,500), 'Prestige' (which costs around £32,500) and top 'Ultra Prestige' (which costs around £35,500). At the time of this test in early 2020, there was also a 'La Premiere' version costing around £36,000. All these figures assume that the available £2,500 government plug-in grant has been subtracted from the mildly alarming initial asking price. The various trim levels feature distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian district Even base 'Performance Line' trim gives you plenty; think 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, power folding mirrors, dark tinted rear windows, 3D LED rear lights, part-alcantara seat trim and aluminium sports pedals. Plus air conditioning and a 7 inch centre-dash touchscreen with an 8-speaker DAB audio system and 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring, 'Prestige'-spec adds climate control and a larger 10-inch centre-dash touchscreen with 3D navigation. '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. All variants get a 'Safety Park', which includes an Emergency Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist, Speed recognition and Intelligent Speed Adaptation.

Cost of Ownership

Make the most of the two driver-activated energy recovery settings ('Normal' and 'Brake') and consistently drive with the car in its most frugal 'Eco' drive mode setting and you might potentially get somewhere close to the quoted WLTP-rated driving range of 206 miles (that on the cycle's 'low' rating); it's 191 miles on the 'High' rating. Like most full-EVs, the DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE carries a high-capacity on board charger, available in single phase 7kW guise or in three phase 11kW form - the single phase 7kW on board charger is the standard offering for the UK market. As usual with a car of this kind, there are a host of charging options. Charging at a dedicated wall box or standard public terminal will take 8 or 5 hours respectively. Additionally the car can of course be charged from a standard domestic socket. At a public 100kW rapid charge terminal, 80% of the battery can be recharged in just 30 minutes, which represents an average range of 5.5 miles per charging minute. You might expect a newly-established brand to make an extra effort with warranty provision, but there's only the usual unremarkable three year/60,000-mile package. The electric 'E-Tense' model gets a separate eight year / 100,000 mile warranty for its electrical powertrain.

Summary

The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE is hardly inexpensive but in compensation it's a satisfyingly desirable take on full battery-powered small SUV motoring. The design is individual, the cabin feels special and it's reasonably well equipped. Plus the full-electric technology works unobtrusively and the cabin's supremely quiet. Are there issues? Well the driving range being offered here is competitive, but some way from being at the forefront of the class - both a Renault ZOE and a BMW i3 are small EV models that'll take you much further. If that's not really an issue, you want an SUV body style and you'd like something a little showier than this car's cousin, the Peugeot e-2008, then this E-TENSE model should figure on your wish list. 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.

Performance
70%
Handling
60%
Comfort
60%
Space
60%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
50%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
50%
Insurance
70%

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Stirling Citroën / DS

4 Craigleith Road, Broadleys Industrial Estate, Stirling, FK7 7LQ

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† Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.