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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

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£34,080 - £38,680
Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
27-303yrs / 60,000 milesTBCFrom £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.

Warranty

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

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 zero-rated for annual road tax (VED) – for the time being at least – and also escapes the London Congestion Charge until 2025.

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