DS 3 Crossback E-Tense review

Category: Electric car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:diesel, electric, petrol
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RRP £22,515What Car? Target Price from£21,598

Introduction

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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, there are several trim levels to choose from, but only one electric motor and battery combination. Only the really observant will notice that the badge on the bonnet is different; the rest of the exterior is pretty much unchanged over the regular DS 3 Crossback. 

As the French PSA group’s ‘premium’ brand, DS gets first dibs on most 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 up against some very capable rivals, including the Hyundai Kona Electric and a former What Car? 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 more recommendable than regular petrol and diesel versions of the DS 3 Crossback? Find out by reading our detailed review. And, when 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 at a fair price.

At a glance

Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel typesdiesel, electric, petrol
MPG range across all versions46.6 - 62.7
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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