Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

DS 3 review - Practicality & boot space

Despite its SUV billing, the DS 3 isn't any more practical than a family hatch

Carbuyer Rating

3.4 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.7 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Practicality & boot space Rating

2.5 out of 5

It might be an SUV, but the DS 3 is one of the least practical models in its class, struggling to manage four occupants and all their luggage. Even visibility – usually an SUV selling point – is rather limited by the styling of the 'floating' roof design, with thick rear C-pillars.

DS 3 interior space & storage

If you're a fan of functional, utilitarian models like the Suzuki Jimny, look away now before we mention the flush-fitting door handles that deploy as you unlock the car. They are more than just a gimmick though, reducing drag at high speeds. Once inside, there's plenty of room in the front, but the back seats are slightly more cramped. You access them via narrow doors, and the high floor makes it easy to trip, so it's unlikely to be a great option for anyone with restricted mobility.

Advertisement - Article continues below

While on paper the DS 3 ticks a lot of practicality boxes, some prove frustrating in practice. The cup holders are awkwardly positioned behind the gear lever, the door bins are on the small side and its wireless phone charger can’t accommodate some of the bigger handsets on the market – issues you won’t find in a Skoda Kamiq.Image removed.

Boot space

The boot measures 350 litres, which is around 100 litres down on the MINI Countryman and Volkswagen T-Roc. There's also a loading lip to lift items over, and when folded down, the rear seats create a step in the boot floor that will likely snag bulky items. You get as much luggage space as a Volkswagen Polo or SEAT Ibiza.

Towing

Most versions of the DS 3 can tow a braked load of 1,200kg (640kg unbraked), which should be enough for a small to medium-sized caravan. The electric E-Tense model cannot be used to tow, however. It’s also not the most accomplished tow car in its class, with the Volkswagen T-Roc being able to tow up to 1,700kg when four-wheel drive is fitted.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

DS 3 review – stylish small SUV, but lacks practicality
DS 3
In-depth reviews
9 Apr 2024

DS 3 review – stylish small SUV, but lacks practicality

Most Popular

Kia Sorento review – a great SUV now made even better
Kia Sorento 2024 front quarter driving
In-depth reviews
10 Apr 2024

Kia Sorento review – a great SUV now made even better

New Audi S3 revealed: £47k hot hatch brings greater focus on handling
Audi S3 saloon front quarter
News
17 Apr 2024

New Audi S3 revealed: £47k hot hatch brings greater focus on handling

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
12 Apr 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
best electric cars
Best cars
28 Mar 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024