DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
Electric 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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|27-30||3yrs / 60,000 miles||TBC||From £136 / £272|
By avoiding the cost of petrol or diesel, chances are you’ll save money by running an electric car like the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE. However, charging is just one area of electric-car ownership – 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.
Electric cars are particularly attractive for company-car drivers and the DS 3 is no exception. The petrol and diesel variants of the car attract Benefit-in-Kind rates of between 29 and 32%, but electric-cars are in the 2% band until at least August 2024, so there are big savings to be made here.
DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE insurance group
It’s true that some electric and hybrid cars attract higher insurance premiums and the DS 3 isn't entirely immune from this effect. The various trim levels the E-TENSE electric variant is available in fall into groups 27 to 30, which is considerably more than the groups 14 to 24 spread that covers the petrols and diesels.
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 with rivals. However, the Kia e-Niro gets a seven-year/100,000-mile guarantee, so if you plan to keep your car for longer, this could be worth consideration. On top of the standard warranty, the DS 3 also comes with an eight-year/100,000-mile battery guarantee. If the battery can no longer hold at least 70% of its original capacity, the company will replace it free of charge.
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.
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 200-plus-miles 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 costs & insurance - currently readingElectric 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; plus, there’s plenty of punch in Sport mode
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortGo for one of the higher-spec DS 3 Crossback E-TENSEs and you'll benefit from some of the most comfortable seats in any modern production car
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe 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