DS 3 E-Tense – Electric Car Review

Overview – DS 3 E-Tense

The DS 3 is produced by DS Automobiles, a French car manufacturer owned by the PSA Group. DS Automobiles is the successor to Citroën’s premium sub-brand, Citroën DS. The DS 3 was first introduced in 2010 and remains in production today. The DS 3 E-Tense is a small SUV that takes an unusually fashion-focused approach to saving the world. It has an electric motor and enough battery power to drive for around 200 miles between charges.

DS 3 E-Tense

The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense has one of the most eye-catching interiors of any electric car, with nine different colour schemes to choose from. It comes with an impressive amount of equipment as standard, including a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 7-inch digital driver’s display. The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE has a RRP range of £35,670 to £42,470.

The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is the first fully electric car from DS Automobiles. It’s a compact hatchback that has crossover appeal with a unique interior and exterior design. It has a good range and performance, making it suitable for everyday use, however some may find it too expensive considering.

DS 3 E-Tense Energy And Carbon Efficiency

The DS 3 E-Tense has very low carbon emissions figures at 83 gCO2/mi. This is lower than the Skoda Enyaq iV 80, Volkswagen ID5, Hyundai IONIQ 6 and Jaguar I-Pace EV400, which all have higher emissions figures in the range of 89-112 gCO2/mi.

The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense has also been updated with tech to reduce its carbon emissions. The car now has an improved powertrain control unit that can optimise the battery’s output and efficiency. Additionally, the car has a new thermal management system which can reduce the amount of energy lost when the battery is cooling down. These tech changes have helped the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense achieve very low carbon emissions of only 83 gCO2/mi. This is one of the lowest carbon emissions figures for an electric car on the market, making it a great choice for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Overall, the DS 3 E-Tense has a very competitive carbon emissions figure, and is a great option for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

EV Engine, Power and Performance

The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense has an electric motor and enough battery power to drive for around 200 miles between charges. It has plenty of zip off the line and acceleration (0-60mph) of 8.7 s.

The E-Tense has a 50kWh battery and a 100kW motor, giving it a range of 191-206 miles, depending on driving style. Acceleration is spritely and it supports up to 100kW charging, reaching 80% in 30 minutes. It also has a D and B position on the gear selector, with the B (battery) option giving strong regeneration when lifting off the pedal.

Interior Comfort and Cargo Dimensions

The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE has a raised driving position and wide dashboard, with numerous intricate details in the cabin. There are nine different colour schemes to choose from, and the option of bronze-effect leatherette. It also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, flush door handles, LED brake lights, air conditioning, height-adjustable front seats, keyless ignition and rear parking sensors as standard. There is a decent amount of space in the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE’s boot, as the car’s Duracell bunnies are hidden under the floor.

The cabin has a hand-stitched, premium feel with plenty of room for the front passengers and a 350L boot capacity. Rear passengers may find knee space a little limited, however. The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is available in five different trims, affecting the wheel size, paint colours and interior options.

Infotainment, Tech and Connectivity

The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is mounted nice and high on the dashboard and is sharp and reasonably bright. You can choose from a 7.0-inch or 10-inch touchscreen, both with built-in satellite navigation. You also get some touch-sensitive tiles on the dashboard that let you switch between key features such as the sat-nav and stereo.

You also get some great tech, including a digital driver’s display. There is also the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring features that come as standard across the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE range. The sound quality is good, with a Qi charging pad for phones. The car is also equipped with cameras, offering fancy parking assistance with views of the car’s surroundings on the screen.

Safety Features

The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE has an impressive safety package, including anti-lock brakes, adaptive cruise control, electronic stability control, lane assist, and a range of airbags. It also has a reversing camera to help you park in tight spaces, and the advanced safety park is a good addition.

The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense has yet to be tested by Euro NCAP.

Warranty Information

This car comes with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty as standard.

Final Thoughts

The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is an eye-catching electric car that is cheap to run and stands out in a crowd. It has plenty of zip off the line, and a 200-mile range. It also has a great range of safety features and an impressive warranty. It’s a great option for those looking for a city-focused SUV that’s comfortable, stylish, and reliable.

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense overhead view

The car offers something unique and stylish with a comfortable cabin and good performance. However, it is on the expensive side, with some competitors offering more range for a lower price.

Basic Information

Make  DS
Model  3 E-Tense
Car Body  SUV
Number Of Seats    5 people

Estimated Energy Efficiency

Efficiency (mi/kWh)4.7 mi/kWh
Efficiency (km/kWh)7.4 km/kWh


Horsepower113 HP (115 PS)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h    9 seconds
Towing Weight  0 lbs (0 kg)


Charge PortType 2
Charge Time5h30m
Fast Charge Power Max  100 kW DC
Fast Charge Time  26 min


Adult Safety Rating..
Child Safety Rating..


Date Of Availability  Since November 2022
Estimated Price    £37,200 / $45,000

Estimated Carbon Efficiency (Grid/Country Dependent)

USA83 gCO2/mi (52 gCO2/km)
Iceland7 gCO2/mi (4 gCO2/km)
Canada18 gCO2/mi (18 gCO2/km)
France23 gCO2/mi (14 gCO2/km)
Efficient Gas Car272 g CO2/mi (170 g CO2/km)


Size (kWh)54.0 kWh
Voltage (V)377 V


WLTP Range (km)402


Car Length162 inches (4118 mm)
Car Width71 inches (1802 mm)
Car Height60 inches (1534 mm)
Cargo (Trunk or Boot) Volume12 cu ft (350 L)
Frunk Volume0 cu ft (0 L)
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