DS DS 3 Review, Specs & Performance

Eye-catching design that has comfortable and stylish interior

The contract hire DS DS3 Crossback is a stylish SUV with an impressive interior. It also delivers a comfortable ride, and a long list of personalisation options to make this an intriguing offering in a competitive segment.

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Overview of the DS DS 3


The impressive DS DS3 Crossback car lease is an SUV that has the choice of either petrol or diesel engines, and there's an excellent electric-powered alternative.

The entry-level model features a 1.0-litre PureTech petrol engine which is mated to a six-speed manual box. Fuel consumption is around 50mpg, with emissions of 128g/km. DS also offers the DS3 Crossback with a 1.2-litre petrol engine which has the option of automatic transmission.

There's also a 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel unit that returns up to 63 mpg, with emissions of 97g/km. However, it's worth considering the DS3 Crossback E-Tense which is the electric version, and it features a 50kWh battery and a 100kW motor.

It offers zero emissions - great for those running a company car with a 1% BiK rate (in 2021/22) - and a range of around 200 miles. Along with impressive running costs, the DS3 Crossback offers a rewarding drive, and the suspension makes it an ideal car for driving around town. It's a smooth motorway cruiser too.


DS DS 3 in a nutshell


Not only is the interior impressive, but the DS DS3 Crossback is an SUV with a family hatchback feel. There's little body lean when cornering at speed, despite the taller body, and the car performs well on winding country roads.

There's plenty of grip and it feels like a nippy and agile offering - the small steering wheel helps this.

The diesel engine probably works best for those racking up lots of miles, while the petrol engine delivers an agile performance around town. The electric Crossback E-Tense offers space and a very quiet cabin.

Drivers will enjoy the three seconds it takes to sprint from 0 to 30 mph, thanks to the torque being instantly available, and it is quicker to 62 mph than many diesel engine rivals.

For those who may not know, the DS brand is the luxury alternative from Citroen which means the DS3 Crossback has an extensive equipment list. The dashboard has an unusual design, it's certainly original, and there are some very nice design touches around the cabin.

Equipment for the entry-level model includes rear parking sensors, 17-inch wheels, a seven-inch display for the infotainment system and air-conditioning. Other models come with LED rear lights, privacy glass, sports pedals and Alcantara upholstery. The better spec models feature a 10-inch infotainment display, satnav, all-round parking sensors, climate control and leather seats.

The top model, the Ultra Prestige, adds a rear-view camera, matrix LED headlights, keyless entry and a head-up display. There's no doubt that this is a practical lease car - it's an ideal choice for families - and there's plenty of room for those in the rear seats. Drivers get a boot of 350 litres, and it can tow a braked load of 1,200kg.

It's also a very safe car with five stars from Euro NCAP and a long list of safety equipment, with more available on the options list.

There's a lot to like about the contract hire DS DS3 Crossback; it's a stylish contract hire offering with lots of comfort and an almost serene driving experience thanks to the suspension. In a competitive car lease market, it certainly needs shortlisting.


Why not have a look at the DS3 Crossback on the official DS company website? Or why not look at some of these similar car lease deals from First Vehicle Leasing the Volkswagen T-Cross, or the Audi Q2.