As comfortable in the city as travelling on long open roads, the DS 3 CROSSBACK is a great option if you’re looking for a luxury compact SUV with stand-out style.
The premium SUV class is a heavily contested segment, with strong competition coming from the likes of the Mercedes GLA, MINI Countryman and Audi Q2 - to name a few.
So, how does the DS 3 CROSSBACK compare? Read on for more.
The extravagant exterior of the DS 3 CROSSBACK commands attention from the get-go.
It has a bold front end, featuring iconic DS WINGS surrounding the large grille, pearl-like LED daytime running lights and tapered Matrix LED Vision headlights.
Along the side of the vehicle, flush fitting door handles will appear only when you need them - when these aren’t required, they slot neatly away to create a sleek silhouette.
The rear of the vehicle is broad and imposing. However, elegance is maintained through intricate details such as the rear light signature which spans the width of the car, featuring the ‘CROSSBACK’ name.
The DS 3 CROSSBACK is available in nine paint finishes and three contrasting roof colour options.
The interior of the DS 3 CROSSBACK feels futuristic. In the front cabin, you’ll find a unique diamond shaped layout on the dashboard with a number of vehicle controls. A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and additional head-up display help to take care of all connectivity, navigation and safety requirements.
Drivers and front passengers should feel comfortable, with plenty of leg and head room on offer and adjustable seats. In the back, space is slightly reduced, meaning this room may be more suited to children and teens, rather than adults. There’s ample boot space, with capacity for 350-litres, extending to 1,050-litres with the rear seats folded.
The DS 3 CROSSBACK has earned a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, thanks to an impressive safety kit, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and speed limit recognition. Plus, rear parking sensors come as standard.
Driving and Performance
You can select from six different trim levels; Elegance, Prestige, Performance Line, Performance Line +, Ines De La Fressange and Ultra Prestige - and the DS3 CROSSBACK is available in three petrol engines (99bhp, 128bhp or 148bhp) a diesel engine (98bhp) and an all-electric 100kW (134bhp) version. This comes as part of the French manufacturer’s promise to create an electric version of each of its model range.
The electric ‘E-TENSE’ model has an impressive range of 200 miles; plus on a fast 100kWh charger, it can it can charge 80% in just 30 minutes. The dedicated electric model is certainly one thing the DS 3 CROSSBACK has over its competitors.
Light steering and comfortable suspension make it an enjoyable vehicle to drive whether you’re on the motorway or winding county roads. Plus, noise cancelling systems mean the cabin will remain quiet, adding to the relaxed driving experience.
So, if you’re looking for a practical SUV with a whole load of style, the DS 3 CROSSBACK could be the car for you.