DS 3 Crossback (2019) Review

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DS 3 Crossback (2019) At A Glance


+Quirky crossover. Petrol, diesel or electric power. Stylish interior out.

-Poor rear visibility. Noisy engines. Small boot. Infotainment system is slow and awkward to use. Top versions are very expensive.

On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

A rival to the Volkswagen T-Cross and MINI Countryman, the DS 3 Crossback is a crossover SUV that should be on your shortlist if you want to stand out from the crowd. It's likely to be much more rarer than mainstream alternatives, offering quirky styling, eager engines and even an electric version.

In typical DS fashion, the Crossback is far from flawless. The cabin is cosy, with a narrow front windscreen and thick pillars creating quite a snug feel. That said, there's a reasonable amount of space, but it ranks poorly in the back compared to rivals. 

The standard infotainment screen is the same as that used across other PSA models, and it's a bit frustrating to use. It's slow to operate and having to navigate menus to perform simple tasks such as adjusting the temperature of the climate control quickly becomes annoying. 

The good news, though, is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard even on the cheapest models, meaning you can use apps on your phone for directions rather than use the car's own irritating navigation system.

Buyers can choose from a three-cylinder petrol engine with a range of power outputs (100, 130 or 155PS), or a BlueHDi diesel with 100PS. An all-electric version with a 100kW motor, badged the E-Tense, is on its way.

The PureTech 130 is expected to be the most popular and this suits the car well. Like all the petrols, it's a little noisy in a typical three-cylinder manner, but that adds to its character. While the entry-level engines are available with a six-speed manual gearbox, the majority of DS3 Crossbacks come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This is fine for gentle driving but can occasionally be caught out if you plan a sudden overtake or want quick acceleration onto a roundabout. 

Ride quality is on the firm side, especially with larger wheels, but it does feel quite agile for a crossover. Fling it around a corner and it'll respond well enough, although the steering is quite light and it leans considerably. It's at its best around town where the eager engines add to the fun of darting in and out of traffic.

DS 3 Crossback 1.2 PureTech 130 2019 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a DS 3 Crossback (2019)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

29–38 mpg

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