What Car? says...
How do you remain relevant as a car maker in this day and age? Simple: you introduce either an SUV or an electric car. It could be a stroke of genius, then, that the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is both of those things.
Intrigued by the name? Well, in French, the word ‘tense’ is associated with atmosphere, situation, time and silence; words that paint a picture of what the E-Tense is billed to be all about.
As with the regular fossil-fuelled DS 3 Crossback line-up, you can pick between Performance line and Prestige trim levels. Only the really observant will notice that the badge on the bonnet is different; the rest of the exterior is pretty much unchanged. Look under the surface, though, and you'll find some thoroughly modern electric thinking.
As the French PSA group’s ‘premium’ division, DS gets first dibs on new technology and benefits from the combined electric car knowhow of Citroën and Peugeot. That’s just as well because the E-Tense finds itself head-to-head against very capable opponents. It’s positioned as a rival to not only the Hyundai Kona Electric, but also our 2019 Car of the Year, the Kia e-Niro. It’s fair to say, then, that DS has big ambitions for its first electric car.
So, has going electric made the E-Tense the DS3 Crossback model to go for? Find out by reading our detailed review. And, however your mind is made up, head over to our New Car Buying pages to take the hassle out of buying your next set of wheels.