DS 3 Crossback review

From £24,665

The DS 3 Crossback is a high-rise hatchback with SUV styling, designed to take on the Mini Countryman, Audi Q2 and BMW X2.

  • DS 3 Crossback 2020
  • For: Bold styling, quirky interior, electric option
  • Against: Expensive, poor ride quality
  • Verdict: Design-led crossover is not without appeal

The DS 3 Crossback is a high-rise hatchback with SUV styling, designed to take on the Mini Countryman, Audi Q2 and BMW X2.

Most will opt for the 1.2-litre petrol engine, which comes in three outputs: 100hp with a six-speed manual gearbox, or 130hp and 155hp with an eight-speed automatic.

A 100hp 1.5 diesel offers CO2 emissions of just 97g/km, while an electric E-Tense version sits at the top of the range.

You can’t accuse DS of sitting on the fence when it comes to design – and the Crossback is even more distinctive inside.

Standard kit on the entry-level Elegance includes a seven-inch touchscreen and rear parking sensors. The other trim levels are Performance Line, Prestige, Ultra Prestige and E-Tense.

The Crossback feels short on engagement, with a ride that’s floaty at speed and harsh around town.

Prices are worryingly close to the Q2, so many will choose the superior image and abilities of the German instead.

KEY INFO

  • Launched: 2019
  • Facelifted: TBC
  • Due for replacement: TBC
  • Warranty: 3 years / 60,000 miles
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Model: DS 3 Crossback
Prices from: £24,665
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