“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”
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, 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 186-miles and a powerful 136bhp electric motor, this variant could be a surprise hit, with more range than a Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen e-Golf from a single charge.
The DS3 Crossback will also be 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 too, meaning all DS 3 Sportback 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 DS3 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.
DS 3 Crossback SUV