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DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE range, battery & charging

The 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

DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE charging
Rating
Range, battery & charging Rating
RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
199 miles50kWh7hrs 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 fast charge at 100kW public points, you can replenish the battery to full in a little over half an hour. It’s worth noting, however, that it’s exactly the same setup found in the 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 opt for – the DS 3 is available in three of the petrol car’s four specifications – there's just that one 50kWh battery on offer. DS claims a driving range of around 200 miles according to 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 its ‘Eco’ drive mode (which limits power to around 80bhp) should eke out an extra few miles of electric 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 then you’ll pay a fraction of what your neighbour does for their petrol or diesel-powered SUV.

Charge time

DS says a full charge 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 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 BP Chargemaster’s extensive Polar Plus 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.

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