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DS DS 3 CROSSBACK HATCHBACK

1.2 PureTech 130 Performance Line 5dr EAT8

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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 was 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 212-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 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', 'RIVOLI', 'PERFORMANCE Line' and 'PERFORMANCE Line+'. 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 £26,500 to just over £40,000. There are five standard trim levels - 'Montmarte', 'Bastille', 'Rivoli', 'Performance Line' and 'Performance Line+' - which feature distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian districts. There's also a distinctive 'Louvre' version. Even base 'Montmarte' variants are well equipped, featuring 17-inch Ankara alloy wheels, keyless start 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. Next up, 'Bastille' trim gives you smarter Madrid 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, power folding mirrors, dark tinted rear windows and 3D LED rear lights. 'Rivoli'-spec adds a reversing camera and an Advanced Safety Pack. Top 'Performance Line+' 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 WLTP emissions readings. The base 1.5-litre BlueHDi 100 manual diesel model manages up to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and up to 120g/km. The alternative PureTech 100 petrol derivative manages up to 49.6mpg and up to 128g/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 46.3mpg and up to 138g/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, up to 212 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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency57.60mpg
Emissions
Emissions138.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed124mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Bluetooth handsfree and media steaming with 1A USB socket
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
  • DS Sensorial drive
  • Multi function on board trip computer
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Speed limit recognition and speed warning

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic and tinted front and rear windscreens
  • Automatic lights
  • Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome front door sill trim
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • DS monogram on rear tailgate
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Electrochrome door mirrors
  • Flush fitting exterior door handles
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Gloss black exterior door mirrors
  • Halogen headlights
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Tinted exterior door mirrors
  • Twin exhaust tailpipe

Interior Features

  • 12V socket
  • 60/40 split rear seat back
  • Adjustable front and rear headrests
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Aluminium sports pedals
  • Bag support hooks in the boot
  • Black roof liner
  • Boot light
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated LED vanity mirrors
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front and rear LED reading lights
  • Front central armrest
  • Front/rear passenger grab handles
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Odour filter
  • Perforated leather steering wheel with contrast stitching - black
  • Premium seat with comfort foam and pads & map pocket
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two rear isofix mounting points
  • Woven cloth/Alcantara upholstery

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

Security

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

Trim

  • Performance Line monogram on the dashboard

Wheels

  • Red carmine centre caps with DS logo

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.261
  • CO2 (g/km)
    109
  • HC
    0.02
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    67
  • NOx
    0.026
  • Particles
    0.0007
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL
    142
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH
    128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL
    115
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH
    188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL
    171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH
    144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL
    134

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
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    57.6
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    65.7
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    48.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    39.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    45.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    49.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    55.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    34.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    37.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    44.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    47.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.2
  • Badge Power
    130
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    PureTech 130
  • Coin Series
    Performance Line
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    20E
  • 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)
    9.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    131
  • Engine Power - KW
    96
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    170
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    23.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    230
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    124

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Rear
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    DUBAI
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1534
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4118
  • Wheelbase
    2558
  • Width
    1802
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1988

Weight and Capacities

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

   
Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"3 weeks ago"

Karen Elizabeth James

Karen Elizabeth James

"I have recently taken delivery of a company vehicle via Silverstone. I was introduced to them by my accountant who said they were very competitive. A major factor for me was that Volkswagen wanted a £3k deposit during the 4 month build period. That is a lot of money sitting in someone else's bank. The deal I got and the service I received from start to finish was excellent. The staff are very friendly and professional. There was not one step of the process where I was not kept informed. I will definitely be using them again and highly recommend them. UPDATE June 22 - I have just taken delivery of another vehicle via Aby at Silverstone FM. The service was excellent yet again. No messing around at multiple dealerships, the admin process was easy and straight forward. Highly recommended yet again."

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