DS 3 Crossback: price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
September 19, 2018

The DS 3 Crossback is a striking-looking small SUV that’ll be available with electric power. Read on for the car’s price, specs and release date

The DS 3 Crossback is a car with wacky exterior styling and an interior that’s very comfortable. It’ll also be available as an all-electric model with a range of nearly 190 miles between charges.

DS 3 Crossback price and on sale date

The DS 3 Crossback is a small SUV that’s an alternative to the likes of Audi Q2, Mini Countryman and the forthcoming Lexus UX. You can expect it to have a price tag of around £22,000 for a basic model, although high-spec DS 3 Sportbacks with the electric powertrain will likely cost closer to £35,000.

DS 3 Crossback styling

The DS 3 Crossback looks like no other SUV this size and you can stamp your own personality on the car by picking and choosing from a choice of 10 body and three roof colours, plus your pick of ten wheel designs.

Up front, the piercing headlights and huge bulging grille give it the look of a snake trying to swallow something twice its body weight, with accompanying stretch marks in the form of a pair of vertical LEDs.

There’s plenty to take in even from the side of the car. The large crease in the bottom of the doors make the DS 3 look meaner and you get a B-pillar that seems to have been modelled on a shark’s dorsal fin. It’s clear to see because the whole top half of the car is finished in black. The pièce de résistance, though, is provided by the DS 3’s flush-fitting Tesla-style door handles that pop out when you get within 1.5m of the car with the key.

The rear is perhaps the DS 3 Crossback’s best bit. Those huge exhaust pipes and the large vents cut into the rear bumper give it a rally-car look that’s very sporty and finished off nicely by the frowning LED rear lights, chrome connecting bar and a roof-mounted spoiler.

DS 3 Crossback interior design

The DS 3 Crossback’s crazy styling doesn’t let up on the inside, which is – and this is an achievement – even loopier than the outside.
There are lots of prominent features, but the diamond-shaped button clusters and air vents on the centre of the dash are the most noticeable and from there you can pick and choose from a variety of shapes – even the centre console (shared with the larger DS 7) makes an effort to stand out with its shark-tooth style buttons. The sensory overload is completed with a full leather interior with contrast diamond stitching, a leather steering wheel and fabric trims.

DS 3 Crossback infotainment

The DS 3’s 10.3-inch central touchscreen is large enough to ensure it doesn’t get lost amongst everything else that’s going on inside. It has a high-definition display that allows you to choose from up to five different themes.

It works in combo with the optional head-up display that projects information such as speed and sat-nav directions right into your eyeline so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. You can also upgrade from the standard stereo to a Focal system with a 515W output and 12 speakers.

DS 3 Crossback practicality

You’re barking up the wrong tree if you’re expecting the DS 3 to be a spacious family – it’s actually slightly smaller than the Ford Fiesta-sized, Nissan Juke.

That said, DS is claiming ‘remarkable’ rear legroom and headroom in the back that’s amongst the best in class. We’ll have to wait and see how that plays out in practice.

Meanwhile, its 352-litre boot should be enough to swallow a couple of suitcases and a few soft bags, you also get various smaller storage areas scattered about the cabin – including a tray with an optional wireless charging pad.

DS 3 Crossback equipment

The DS 3 Crossback will be available with a variety of functions that make it easy to live.

For example, using the DS Smart Access Function on the MyDS app, you can unlock the car remotely using your phone and even allow someone else to drive it without the key.

You can also have the DS 3 Crossback with matrix LED headlights that allow you to use their full beam even in oncoming traffic. They use 15 separate LEDs that are controlled by a camera mounted in the windscreen – the camera senses other cars and can turn the LEDs off individually, leaving a dark spot on the car while everything around it remains lit up.

DS 3 Crossback driving

DS hasn’t worried itself with turning the DS 3 Crossback into a sporty-feeling SUV, instead, it has focussed on making it as comfortable as possible.
That starts with deep seats that have bi-density foam but goes right through to using thicker metal and glass in the car’s construction, and an acoustic windscreen for better sound insulation.

For next-level comfort on long journeys, you can hand over the controls to the car itself. The DS 3 Crossback is available with DS Drive Assist which can brake and accelerate the car automatically to match the speed of the car in front, as well as steering the Crossback in lane at speeds of up to 112mph – the law allowing, of course.
Another optional feature is DS Park Pilot, which can park the car automatically. All you need to do is find a space the car will fit in, then hold a button on the centre console as the car accelerates, brakes and steers into the space for you.

Automatic emergency braking, meanwhile, comes as standard and it can detect pedestrians, cyclists and other cars.

DS 3 Crossback engines

The DS 3 Crossback will be available with a choice of three PureTech petrol engines with 100 and 130, plus a 155hp version that comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Diesel power, meanwhile, is provided by a 100hp 1.5-litre model.

If that all sounds a little too conventional for you, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the DS 3 Crossback will also be offered as an electric model. Called the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, it has a 136hp electric motor powering the front wheels to getting the DS 3 Crossback from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds.

Its 55kWh battery gives the DS a range of 190 miles. Buy a DS wall charger and the battery can be charged from flat in five hours, while 30 minutes is enough to get the battery up to 80 per cent.

Bookmark this page to read our review of the DS 3 Crossback after we drive the car.