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DS DS 3 CROSSBACK HATCHBACK 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr

DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
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DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr
DS DS 3 1.2 PureTech Elegance 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG60.10
  • 0-62mph10.9 secs
  • Top Speed112 mph
  • C02113 g/km
  • BHP101
  • Torque151 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

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.

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

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.

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Driver Convenience
7" touch screen
7 inch digital instrument cluster display
Cruise control with speed limiter
DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
Multi function on board trip computer
PAS
Service indicator
Exterior Features
Body colour roof
Solid paint
Acoustic and tinted front and rear windscreens
Automatic lights
Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
Body coloured bumpers
Chrome door handles
Chrome DS wings
DS monogram on rear tailgate
Electrically adjustable door mirrors
Flush fitting exterior door handles
Front and rear electric windows
Halogen headlights
Heated rear windscreen
LED daytime running lights
Matt black door mirrors
Single exhaust tailpipe
Interior Features
Black interior roof
DS Inspiration MONTMARTRE - Meteorite cloth upholstery
Manual air conditioning
12V socket
40/60 backrest split on rear seats with easy folding button
Adjustable steering wheel
Bag support hooks in the boot
Black leather steering wheel
Boot light
Front and rear LED reading lights
Front/rear passenger grab handles
Height adjustable front seats
Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
Odour filter
Sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror
Twin front cupholders
Two rear isofix mounting points
Packs
Safety pack - DS 3 Crossback
Security
Keyless Start
Locking wheel nuts
Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm with anti lift detection
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Wheels
17" ANKARA alloy wheels
Black centre caps with DS logo
Tyre repair kit
Entertainment
1x USB socket in front
8 speakers
Bluetooth handsfree and media streaming
DAB Digital radio
Passive Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS
Airbags - front / rear lateral and curtain airbags
Electric parking brake
ESP
Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter
Hill assist control
Seatbelt warning
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle on boot lid
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.229
CO2 (g/km) 105
HC 0.023
Noise Level dB(A) 66
NOx 0.016
Particles 0.002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 128
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 141
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 128
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 133
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 120
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 104
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 129
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 116
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1199
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90.5
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 60.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 68.9
EC Urban (mpg) 51.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 45.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 41.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 48.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 53.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 61.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 41
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 42.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 49.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 54.9
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 100
Coin Description PureTech
Coin Series Elegance
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 14E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 87
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 54
NCAP Safety Assist % 63
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 10.9
Engine Power - BHP 101
Engine Power - KW 74
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 151
Engine Torque - MKG 20.9
Engine Torque - NM 205
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 112
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
RDE Certification Level RDE 2
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style ANKARA
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1534
Length 4118
Wheelbase 2558
Width 1802
Width (including mirrors) 1988
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 44
Gross Vehicle Weight 1650
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1050
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 350
Max. Loading Weight 480
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1200
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 620
Minimum Kerbweight 1170
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £255.48 p/m £7.07 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £266.26 p/m £8.10 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £273.44 p/m £8.80 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £290.71 p/m £24.80 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £307.29 p/m £30.80 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £321.80 p/m £39.56 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £336.31 p/m £53.08 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £219.00 p/m £6.90 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £229.37 p/m £14.54 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £208.87 p/m £11.87 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £217.83 p/m £18.15 p/m
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* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
DS Connect Nav - Connected 3D navigation, 10 inch HD touchscreen, automatic air conditioning £1,000.00
Front parking sensors FOC
Rear parking sensors FOC
Voice recognition FOC
Wireless charging for smartphone £200.00
Exterior Features
Diamond red roof £200.00
DS LED rear lights £300.00
Metallic paint £550.00
Opal white roof £200.00
Pearlescent paint £750.00
Perla nera black roof £200.00
Interior Features
Aluminium sports pedals £200.00
DS Inspiration BASTILLE - Peruzzi cloth/Leather upholstery £400.00
Light grey interior roof FOC
Premium seat with comfort foam and pads & map pocket FOC
Packs
Advanced safety pack - DS 3 Crossback £500.00
City pack - DS 3 Crossback £700.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Artense grey £550.00
Metallic - Millennium blue £550.00
Metallic - Perla Nera Black £550.00
Metallic - Platinum grey £550.00
Metallic - Ruby red £550.00
Pearl - Pearl white £750.00
Solid - Bianca white FOC
Passive Safety
Advanced traction control £150.00
Security
Proximity keyless entry and start £450.00
Trim
DS Inspiration BASTILLE - Peruzzi cloth/Leather - Bronze/Black basalt with black roof lining £400.00
DS Inspiration BASTILLE - Peruzzi cloth/Leather - Bronze/Black basalt with light grey roof lining £400.00
DS Inspiration MONTMARTRE - Meteorite cloth - Bronze with black roof lining FOC
Wheels
17" Madrid black onyx diamond-cut alloy wheels £100.00
* option prices shown are estimated