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Wireless charging for smartphone £166.67 (ex. VAT)
DS Sensorial drive £208.33 (ex. VAT)
Head up Display £250.00 (ex. VAT)
8 speakers Standard (ex. VAT)
Focal Electra Hi-Fi sound system £750.00 (ex. VAT)
Body colour roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Perla nera black roof £166.67 (ex. VAT)
Opal white roof £166.67 (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration BASTILLE LEATHER - Grained leather upholstery Standard (ex. VAT)
Pebble grey steering wheel Standard (ex. VAT)
Light grey interior roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Black interior roof Standard (ex. VAT)
Black leather steering wheel Standard (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration RIVOLI - Luxembourg cloth/Nappa leather upholstery £125.00 (ex. VAT)
Aluminium sports pedals £166.67 (ex. VAT)
DS inspiration opera nappa leather with watch strap design £791.67 (ex. VAT)
Advanced safety pack - DS 3 Crossback Standard (ex. VAT)
Comfort front seats pack - DS3 Crossback £416.67 (ex. VAT)
Premium safety pack - DS 3 Crossback (automatic transmission) £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Solid - Bianca white Standard (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Perla nera black £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Ruby red £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Platinum grey £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Millennium blue £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Metallic - Artense grey £458.33 (ex. VAT)
Pearl - Pearl white £625.00 (ex. VAT)
Advanced traction control £125.00 (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration BASTILLE LEATHER - Grained leather - Black basalt with light grey roof lining Standard (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration BASTILLE LEATHER - Grained leather - Black basalt with black roof lining Standard (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration RIVOLI - Luxembourg cloth/Nappa leather - Pebble grey with light grey roof lining £125.00 (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration OPERA - Watchstrap Nappa leather - Art black basalt with light grey roof lining £791.67 (ex. VAT)
DS Inspiration OPERA - Watchstrap Nappa leather - Art black basalt with black roof lining £791.67 (ex. VAT)
18" Shanghai black onyx diamond cut alloy wheels Standard (ex. VAT)
Tyre repair kit Standard (ex. VAT)
18" Shanghai diamond cut alloy wheels Standard (ex. VAT)
18" Lisbon diamond cut alloy wheels £83.33 (ex. VAT)
18" Sao Paulo diamond cut alloy wheels £125.00 (ex. VAT)
18" Barcelona black onyx diamond cut alloy wheels £166.67 (ex. VAT)
Rear parking sensors
Voice recognition
Mirror Screen with Apple car play/Android Auto
Front parking sensors
Service indicator
Reversing camera
Cruise control with speed limiter
7 inch digital instrument cluster display
DS Connect Nav - Connected 3D navigation, 10 inch HD touchscreen, automatic air conditioning
Multi function on board trip computer
DS Connect Box emergency and assistance system
eCall emergency call system
Power assisted steering
DAB Digital radio
2x USB sockets in front
Bluetooth handsfree and media streaming
LED daytime running lights
Twin exhaust tailpipe
Automatic triggered rear windscreen wiper in reverse gear
Automatic lights
Body coloured bumpers
Heated rear windscreen
Automatic front windscreen wipers
Dark tinted rear windows
Tinted exterior door mirrors
Chrome DS wings
DS LED rear lights
Electrically folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlight
Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
Gloss black exterior door mirrors
DS monogram on rear tailgate
Chrome front door sill trim
DS Matrix LED headlights with low and high beam assist
Acoustic and tinted front and rear windscreens
Rear side wing doors
Front and rear electric windows
Electrically adjustable door mirrors
Third brake light
Flush fitting exterior door handles
Chrome door handles
Heated door mirrors
3 seat bench in 2nd row
12V socket
Boot light
Front/rear passenger grab handles
Twin front cupholders
Front + rear carpet mats
Two rear isofix mounting points
Bag support hooks in the boot
Sunvisors with LED vanity mirror
40/60 backrest split on rear seats with easy folding button
Single front passenger seat
Premium seat with comfort foam and pads & map pocket
Front and rear LED reading lights
Front central armrest
Odour filter
Adjustable steering wheel
Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
Height adjustable front seats
Electronic Stability Programme
Hill assist control
Electric parking brake
Warning triangle on boot lid
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and front and rear load limiter
Airbags - front / rear lateral and curtain airbags
Anti-lock brake system
Seatbelt warning
Rear door child safety locks
Proximity keyless entry and start
Perimetric and volumetric anti theft alarm with anti lift detection
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Immobiliser
Locking wheel nuts
Black centre caps with DS logo
CO2 138
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1199
Compression Ratio N/A
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves N/A
Gears 8
Transmission Automatic
Combined 57.60
Urban 46.30
Extra Urban 42.80
Badge Engine CC 1199
Badge Power 131.00
NCAP Rating N/A
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 8.90
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 9.20
Engine BHP 131.00
Engine KW
Engine PS N/A
Engine Torque 230.00
Top Speed 124
Front Tyres N
Rear Tyres N
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1534
Length 4118
Wheel Base 2558
Width 1802
Fuel Tank Size 44.00
Weight 1700
Roof Load Limit N/A
Towing Weight Braked 1205
Towing Weight Unbraked 640
Number Of Seats 5

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 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.