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DS 3 Crossback SUV - Reliability & safety

The jury is out on reliability, but safety should be a strong point

Carbuyer Rating

3.4 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

DS only became a standalone manufacturer in 2015, and it looks like some issues are still being ironed out. Originally they were still sold alongside their cheaper Citroen stablemates, which diluted the premium image somewhat. It seems DS still has some work to do if it's to be considered in the same breath as Mercedes, Audi or Lexus.

It finished 22nd out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, behind parent company Citroen in 18th.

Neither DS nor the DS 3 Crossback featured in our 2021 list, so it’s hard to judge owner satisfaction. Citroen’s second-bottom result is worrying; Lexus and Kia were much further near the top, if you’re cross-shopping the DS 3 with rivals like the Lexus UX and Kia Niro. There are fewer worries about the DS 3 Crossback’s safety score, however.

Safety

The DS 3 Crossback has been crash-tested by independent specialists Euro NCAP, and received a four-star score as standard. You’ll need to choose the optional safety pack to get the peace of mind of a full five-star rating. As standard, the DS 3 Crossback features autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping assist, but these features are bolstered by an Advanced Safety Pack in higher models, which also get blind spot detection.

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