DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE range, battery & charging
The DS 3 E-TENSE's near-200-mile range is good, and while it won’t quite match that in daily use, it’s much better than style-focused rivals like the MINI Electric
|Range||Battery size||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|199 miles||50kWh||7hrs 45mins (7.4kW, 0-100%)||30mins (50kW, 10-80%)|
Despite the combustion-engined DS 3 getting a range of petrol and diesel options, if you go for this E-TENSE electric version, there's only one size of battery on offer. That’s no bad thing, however, as unlike some of its more city-focused rivals, the car's relatively large 50kWh unit is good for up to 199 miles of driving on a single charge.
It’s pretty efficient, too, and with the ability to rapid charge at up to 100kW from public points, you can replenish the battery to full in a little over half an hour. It’s worth noting, however, that this is exactly the same setup that's found in the Citroen e-C4, Peugeot e-2008 and Vauxhall Mokka-e, so your options are wide-ranging depending on the kind of car you’re after.
DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE range
No matter which trim level you go for (the DS 3 is available in three of the petrol car’s four specifications) there's just the one 50kWh battery on offer. DS claims a driving range of around 200 miles in official testing, although in our experience 150 to 160 miles is perhaps more realistic.
While that’s a long way off a Kia e-Niro or Hyundai Kona Electric's real-world range, it’s considerably more than you’ll get out of a MINI Electric or Honda e. Furthermore, flicking the DS 3 into ‘Eco’ mode (which limits power to around 80bhp) should eke out an extra few miles of range.
Of course, the tax benefits speak for themselves, especially if you’re a company-car driver – all electric cars are exempt from Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax until April 2021, and even after that you’ll pay a fraction of what your neighbour does for their petrol or diesel-powered SUV.
DS says a full charge of the 3 Crossback E-TENSE will take a little under eight hours from a 7kW home wallbox, costing roughly £7 on a typical domestic electricity tariff. That translates to 'fuel' costs of 3.5p per mile; a petrol or diesel vehicle would likely cost three or four times as much.
An 80% top-up can be achieved in 30 minutes from a 100kW public charging point. All DS 3 Crossback E-TENSEs come with a three-pin plug, as well as a cable for public charging points, plus customers get six months' complimentary access to the BP Pulse network. Of course, like many of the car's rivals, the DS come with an app that allows you to monitor charging, as well as set the interior temperature ahead of time.
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 & charging - currently readingThe DS 3 E-TENSE's near-200-mile range is good, 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 Crossback E-TENSE by their nature cost mere pennies to run – but beware, insurance could be more expensive than for the petrol version
- 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 Crossback E-TENSE Ultra Prestige and you’ll benefit from some of the most comfortable seats in any modern production car
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe 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 car in its class
- 7Reliability & safetyDespite DS being a relatively low-selling manufacturer, the 3 Crossback’s mechanicals have been tried and tested in countless other small cars and SUVs