DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE practicality & boot space
The electric version of the DS 3 Crossback loses nothing to its petrol counterpart when it comes to practicality – and yet it’s still not the most versatile vehicle
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Depending on how you look at it, the DS 3 Crossback is either a more practical alternative to style-focused cars such as the Honda e and MINI Electric, or a compromised competitor for more sensible models like the Kia e-Niro.
Many buyers looking at the MINI will find the DS 3’s rear doors particularly useful, even if the space inside isn’t as good as it could be. Still, that additional access point will make fitting child seats infinitely simpler – especially thanks to the easily accessible ISOFIX child-seat attachment points. The Kia has even more space inside, and the rear feels far less cramped.
The DS is a compact car, though, and that works wonders in town, where it’s easy to thread through traffic. Parking could be made easier by better visibility, but at least top-spec cars get a reversing camera as standard.
DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE interior space, storage & comfort
Space inside the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE, especially in the back, is at a premium. Performance Line and Ultra Prestige cars feel particularly cramped due to their dark headlining; Prestige gets a lighter interior roof, which helps the cabin feel more spacious. Regardless, physical space for rear-seat passengers isn’t all that generous – taller adults will struggle with the sloping roofline, feeling hemmed in by the over-designed rear-window trim.
In terms of storage, you’ll find a pair of small but perfectly positioned door bins, as well as a handy cubbyhole between the front seats. The glovebox on right-hand-drive cars is compromised due to the position of the fuse box; a frustration on myriad Peugeot and Citroen models from the last decade or so.
The E-TENSE’s boot is identically sized to the one you’ll find in the petrol and diesel DS 3, and at 350 litres is on par with most family hatchbacks. It’s much bigger than the MINI Electric's but smaller than the 451-litre boot in the Kia e-Niro.
There’s very little in the way of underfloor storage, which means you need to store the car’s charging cables at home or loose in the boot. There’s no added practicality in the form of a front storage space, either, due to the amount of mechanical components under the bonnet.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE is a decent – if not quite class-leading – electric SUV that has refinement and unique styling on its side
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe DS 3 E-TENSE's near-200-mile range is good for a car of this type, and while it won’t quite match that in daily use, it’s much better than style-focused rivals like the MINI Electric
- 3Running costsElectric cars like the DS 3 E-TENSE by their nature cost mere pennies to run – but beware, insurance could be more expensive
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE isn’t all that fun to drive, but it’s refined and relatively comfortable – and there’s plenty of punch in Sport mode
- 5Interior & comfortGo for the top-spec DS 3 Ultra Prestige and you’ll benefit from some of the most comfortable seats in any modern production car
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe electric version of the DS 3 Crossback loses nothing to its petrol counterpart when it comes to practicality – and yet it’s still not the most versatile vehicle
- 7Reliability & safetyDespite DS being a relatively low-selling manufacturer, the Crossback’s mechanicals are tried and tested in countless other small cars and SUVs