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DS DS 3 ELECTRIC CROSSBACK HATCHBACK

100kW E-TENSE Performance Line 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 212 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 four levels of trim, starting with 'Bastille', the only version that qualifies for the £2,500 goverment Plug-in grant, after subtraction of which costs around £31,500. Plusher variants don't qualify for the grant - namely 'Rivoli', 'Performance Line' and top 'Performance Line+' (which costs around £37,500). There's also a distinctive 'Louvre' version. The various trim levels feature distinctly styled interior packages (DS calls then 'Inspirations'), most themed and styled around the perceived ambiance of various Parisian districts. Even base 'Bastille' trim gives you plenty; think 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, power folding mirrors, dark tinted rear windows and 3D LED rear lights. 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. '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

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 212 miles. 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
Emissions
Emissions0.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed93mph

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
  • Multi function on board trip computer
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Speed limit recognition and speed warning

Entertainment

  • 8 speakers
  • 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
  • Electrically folding door mirrors with DS LED spotlight
  • Electrochrome door mirrors
  • Flush fitting exterior door handles
  • Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror
  • 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

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
  • Programmable heater with temperature regulator
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two rear isofix mounting points
  • Woven cloth/Alcantara upholstery

Packs

  • Advanced safety pack - DS 3 Crossback
  • E-TENSE exterior pack - DS 3 Crossback

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

Technical

  • 7kW accelerated charging

Trim

  • Performance Line monogram on the dashboard

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit
  • White wheel centre caps with DS logo

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    50
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    450
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    30
  • 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
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    267
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    18.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    17
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    3.7
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEH
    428
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City - TEL
    468
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    322
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH
    307
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL
    332
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEH
    265.9
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City - TEL
    290.8
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    200
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH
    191
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL
    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
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    50kWh
  • Coin Series
    Performance Line
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    27E
  • 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
  • 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
  • RDE Certification Level
    N/A

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)
    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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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

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Scott Wall

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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Olivia Creemer

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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