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DS 3 Crossback SUV - Practicality & boot space

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

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Practicality & boot space Rating

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It might be an SUV, but the DS 3 Crossback 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 Crossback 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.

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

Every petrol and diesel version of the DS 3 Crossback can tow a braked load of 1,200kg, which should be plenty for a small to medium-sized caravan. It's unlikely the electric E-Tense version will be homologated for towing, but we'll keep you posted.

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