DS 3 Crossback SUV
"The DS 3 is a funky small SUV available with petrol, diesel or electric power. It's good to drive, but could do with a bit more interior space"
- Distinctive styling
- Electric version available
- Fun to drive
- Slightly cramped interior
- Small boot compared to rivals
- Can get expensive with options
You've probably heard that SUVs are flying out of showrooms, and more specifically, upmarket small SUVs like this DS 3 Crossback are proving to be especially desirable with car buyers.
Manufacturers have rushed to satisfy the uptake, releasing models like the Audi Q2, BMW X2, Lexus UX and Volkswagen T-Roc to join the latest MINI Countryman. All share a keen focus on style, with big grilles, bright headlights and swooping rooflines that are sure to be popular with car buyers.
Aside from its looks, the DS 3 Crossback has a few more striking features too. For a start, it will be amongst the first small SUVs with an all-electric version, following the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro. With a range of 200 miles and a powerful 134bhp electric motor, the pure-electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense variant could be a surprise hit, with more range than the Hyundai Ioniq Electric from a single charge. It does fall a little short of the range offered by the Kona, e-Niro and the Peugeot e-208, though.
The DS 3 Crossback is also offered with a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol (with 100bhp, 129bhp or 153bhp variants) and a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel with 101bhp. The first two petrol engines are likely to suit most buyer requirements, offering plenty of performance and a dose of fun too, thanks to their thrummy three-cylinder nature. The petrols all return over 40mpg, meaning all DS 3 Crossback models offer frugal running costs. The top petrol and diesel variants are likely to account for fewer sales, but will be best-suited for customers looking for the best mix of motorway performance and fuel-efficiency respectively.
Supple suspension means its front-wheel drive chassis works well on British roads too, soaking up the worst road surfaces without disturbing passengers too much. Yet, the DS 3 Crossback is also firm enough to maintain its composure over more demanding roads, offering plenty of grip and eager steering.
Perhaps the DS 3 Crossback's biggest failing, however, is that while it may offer more style than a family hatch, it doesn't offer much in the way of added practicality. The back seats aren't especially spacious and its 350-litre boot is smaller than the rival Volkswagen T-Roc and MINI Countryman.