DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE running costs

Electric cars like the DS 3 E-TENSE by their nature cost mere pennies to run – but beware, insurance could be more expensive

DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE
Insurance group Warranty Service interval 2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
35-38 3yrs / 60,000 miles TBC £0

With no rising fuel costs, chances are you’ll save money by running an electric car like the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. However, energy and charging is just one area of electric-car ownership – and just like a petrol or diesel model, there are other things to consider.

With fewer moving parts, electric cars are generally more reliable than their petrol or diesel equivalents – although DS’ warranty is no better than par for the course. Service intervals should be more widely spaced as a result, but at the time of writing these had not yet been confirmed.

The Government recently made electric cars particularly attractive for company-car drivers, and the DS is no exception. If you buy any petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid model, you’ll pay a good whack of BiK tax each year, but electric cars – for the 2020/21 tax year, at least – are exempt. This will rise by a single percentage point in the next financial year, and another for 2022/23, but it looks as if electric cars will be much cheaper than petrols and diesels in this regard for some time to come.

DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE insurance group

Surprisingly, the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE shares its insurance group with flash high-end sports cars rather than run-of-the-mill family SUVs. It’s true that some electric and hybrid cars attract higher premiums, but the DS is still more costly than we’d hope for a car of this type.

As if the basic Performance Line model (group 35) wasn’t bad enough, the flagship Ultra Prestige commands a group 38 rating. For comparison purposes, the Kia e-Niro sits in group 28 – considerably lower than the DS 3’s lofty ratings. Be sure to get a few quotes before signing on the dotted line.

Warranty

Like all PSA Group cars, the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE gets a three-year/60,000-mile warranty. While somewhat unexceptional, this is fairly standard across the industry and compares well against rivals. The e-Niro gets a seven-year guarantee, so if you plan to keep your car for longer, this could be worth consideration.

On top of the standard three-year warranty, the DS 3 comes with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery guarantee – protecting the cells from degradation. If, in that timeframe, the battery can no longer hold at least 70% of its original capacity, the company will replace it free of charge.

Servicing

Servicing intervals for the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE haven't yet been revealed, but we don’t expect it to differ from the arrangement Peugeot offers on the e-2008. That would mean servicing every two years or 16,000 miles – whichever comes first.

Road tax

As is the case with all electric cars, the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE is completely exempt from road tax (VED) for the time being.