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DS DS 3 ELECTRIC CROSSBACK HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITION

100kW E-TENSE Ines De La Fressange 50kWh 5dr Auto

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

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed93mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
  • DS Connect Nav - Connected 3D navigation, 10 inch HD touchscreen, automatic air conditioning
  • Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Multi function on board trip computer
  • PAS
  • Service indicator
  • Voice recognition

Entertainment

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

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic and tinted front and rear windscreens
  • Automatic front windscreen wipers
  • 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 LED rear lights
  • DS Matrix LED headlights with low and high beam assist
  • DS monogram on rear tailgate
  • E-TENSE badging
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Electrically folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlight
  • Flush fitting exterior door handles
  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • INES DE LA FRESSANGE exterior door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Metallic paint
  • Perla nera black roof
  • Satin chrome DS Wings
  • Tinted exterior door mirrors

Interior Features

  • 11KW onboard charger, accelerated charging, compatible with 3 phase charging
  • 12V socket
  • 40/60 backrest split on rear seats with easy folding button
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Aluminium sports pedals
  • Bag support hooks in the boot
  • Black interior roof
  • Boot light
  • Domestic charging cable compatible with UK 3 pin socket
  • DS Inspiration INES DE LA FRESSANGE - Woven cloth/Alcantara upholstery
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front and rear LED reading lights
  • Front central armrest
  • Front/rear passenger grab handles
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
  • Odour filter
  • Premium seat with comfort foam and pads & map pocket
  • Programmable heater with temperature regulator
  • Sunvisors with LED courtesy mirror
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two rear isofix mounting points

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
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm
  • Proximity keyless entry and start
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks

Technical

  • Accelerated charging cable
  • Rapid charging 100kW

Wheels

  • 18" Kyoto diamond cut alloy wheels
  • INES DE LA FRESSANGE centre caps with DS logo
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    50
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    30
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    18.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    17
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.7
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    307
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    332
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    191
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    206

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km)
    0
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    68
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    Not Available

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    96005
  • Coin Description
    50kWh
  • Coin Series
    Ines de la Fressange
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    28E
  • 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
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    Not Available
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    192
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    26.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    260
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3674
  • Top Speed
    93

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    NICE
  • Wheel Type
    18" 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)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1975
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1050
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    350
  • Max. Loading Weight
    452
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1523
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.7
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