DS3 Crossback E-Tense Review

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Price: £35,320 - £41,570

An upmarket electric SUV would seem to be the type of car which everyone is after. But the DS3 doesn’t do anything better than cheaper rivals, so you'll be choosing it for the looks alone.

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  • Battery size: 50kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.36
  • E-Rating™: A

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  • Max charge rate: 100 kW
  • Range: 193-232 miles
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Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 24/09/2020・Updated: 14/09/2022

Ginny Says

“I love the way the E-Tense looks and the serene way it drives - it's so calming. But I have to admit is starts looking very pricey once you get towards the top of the range.”

Tom Says

“I don’t get the DS3 Crossback. It’s got an interior more self-consciously ‘stylish’ than a flock of hipsters. And there are cheaper, better-looking cars that do the same things.”

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At the lower end of the range the E-Tense seems a reasonable alternative to a top-spec electric hatchback. But the top versions are Kia EV6 money and make little financial sense.

  • Price:£35,320 - £41,570
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging):£8.20
  • Company car tax:2% (2022-2025)
  • Warranty vehicle:3 years, battery 8 years/100k miles

Pricing

Ask for the cheapest DS3 Crossback E-Tense at one of the brand's ‘Salons’ and you will be expected to hand over £35,320. That will either seem about right when compared to something ‘premium’ like a BMW i3 or like a load of money for a car which is based on a Corsa.​

It starts to look a little more flakey as you head to the top of the range, where the price tips over £42,000 once you’ve added pretty paint. That sort of money will buy you all sort of bigger and more technically impressive electric cars so you’d need to really love the DS3’s styling and quilted diamonds to splash out that amount. 

Most DS3s will be bought on some sort of finance of course, and the current offer for a PCH is £364 per month over 48 months with a £2,183 deposit. That’s about £64 per month more than a car like the Hyundai Kona

Running costs

Electric cars have tiny running costs generally, and the DS3 will benefit from lower fuel, tax and maintenance. Plug in to charge at home and it will cost about six quid to charge, which is about quarter of the cost of fuelling a petrol car to cover the same distance. 

Servicing is also about £50 per year cheaper and road tax is free too. Choose the DS as your company car and you’ll see massive savings compared to a conventional car. Benefit in kind taxation rules mean you only pay 2% tax per year on the electric version until 2025, saving hundreds or even thousands.

But there are a couple of care points around the DS3 when comparing it to other EVs – the first is the insurance. It’s been lumped into groups 35 to 38, which is the same cars like the Range Rover and much higher than the petrol versions. The second is depreciation – if you are buying outright, the DS3 doesn’t hold its value as well as rivals. This will also have an effect on the finance payments you’ll be paying if using a lease or PCP.

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