Crossover DS 3 Crossback: specifications, price of complete sets, review, test drive (video)

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DS 3 Crossback: specifications, price, review, test drive (video)

Lexus, Infiniti and Acura. What do these brands have in common? All of them are premium brands with well-known and valued car brands. How can other manufacturers, for example, French ones, respond?

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Review of the new DS 3 Crossback

Meet the DS 3 Crossback – a new compact crossover from DS Automobiles, which is part of the PSA concern, which has now turned into the auto giant Stellantis. The second “brainchild” after the flagship DS 7 Crossback.

The closest relatives of the DS 3 Crossback are Peugeot 2008 and Opel Mokka (sales of the latter began in Ukraine in the spring of 2021). All of them are built on a single CMP platform.

Who are the main competitors of the DS 3 Crossback

DS 3 Crossback belongs to the B-SUV segment. Its main competitors are the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman. But due to the limited market, we can add here the Mazda CX-30, although it does not use the word “premium”, but quite successfully competes in this segment, or the Toyota C-HR, which is strong in its hybrid versions. At the same time, competitors are larger than the DS 3 Crossback, and are already aiming at the C-SUV segment.

Specifications of the crossover from DS: engine, transmission, drive

We have a compact crossover with front-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission for a test drive. The car has a petrol turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with a volume of 1.2 liters. and 130 hp

In general, in the arsenal of the DS 3 Crossback there are more options with diesel and gasoline engines, but the gasoline one is more powerful – 155 hp. In addition, Ukraine is waiting for the DS 3 E-Tense, an all-electric crossover, but that's a completely different story.

Couture appearance: DS 3 Crossback exterior

At DS Automobiles not afraid to do something new, not like everyone else. And the car really attracts attention.

From the front, the DS 3 Crossback looks impressive. The car looks like it's wearing a Roman helmet. The huge black radiator grille, on which the logo flaunts – familiar in Paris, but still rare in our area, looks spectacular. It is due to the massive front that the car seems larger than it actually is.

DS 3 Crossback crossover: specifications, price of packages, review, test drive (video)

Of particular note are the matrix LED headlights with a wavy line at the top. They have 15 autonomous lights that turn on and off automatically. When the camera captures passing and oncoming cars, the matrix headlights, as it were, cut these cars out of the light flux without blinding the drivers.

DS 3 Crossback crossover: specifications, price of packages, review, test drive (video)

Notable exterior features are retractable door handles, which are almost never found in this class. There is a keyless entry system here, and the handles remain flush with the doors until the key is 1.5 m from the car.

Another catchy feature is the window line on the rear doors that goes up near the middle pillar.

DS 3 Crossback: specifications, price, review, test drive (video)

If you want to personalize your DS 3 Crossback, you can choose a different roof color and choose from nine exterior color options.

The rear of the DS 3 Crossback looks just as impressive. Volumetric 3D LED lights are connected by a strip with the inscription Crossback. And at the bottom right is a double chrome exhaust pipe.

Dimensions, weight, clearance DS 3 Crossback

DS 3 Crossback is a small and light car. It weighs only 1205 kg. Length – 4118 mm, width – 1791 mm, height – 1534 mm.

Ground clearance – 180 mm, which is quite decent and makes it possible to drive not only around the city. And black alloy wheels of 18 diameter complement the image of a small, but SUV.

DS 3 Crossback crossover: specifications, price of complete sets, review, test drive (video)

DS 3 Crossback

The trunk has quite a decent volume – 350 liters. But what is missing is the electric tailgate closing. It will be difficult for people of short stature to grab onto the notch to close it. I had to reach to the outside of the trunk lid and pull on it.

DS 3 Crossback: specs, pricing, review, test drive (video)

DS 3 Crossback interior: different

The striking exterior of the DS 3 Crossback is combined with an extraordinary interior.

Inside the cabin, you feel like in a premium class car. Diamond-shaped decor prevails here. The front panel is upholstered in Alcantara – faux suede – with beautiful stitching. It is pleasant to the touch and creates a homely, cozy atmosphere.

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Our version has a 10.3-inch display. The menu turned out to be complicated for me, like French, but there is navigation. Behind the wheel is an informative digital instrument panel that is pleasant to the eye. From non-standard solutions: air vents are located on the doors, but they decided to move the power window control buttons to the center console.

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The front seats are mechanically adjustable. They have good lateral support and three-level heating.

Rear-view mirrors with LED-backlight, heated and automatically fold. There is a rear view camera.

What are the niches for things

In terms of space, the front is quite spacious for passengers. There are two cup holders, a place for wireless phone charging and two USB. There are non-standard door cards here – the handle is located high, and you always want to close the door by pulling on the bottle niche. The space in the center armrest is small, but the glove box is huge.

Second row room

Second row doors do not open very wide, so it is difficult to sit down, but this is compensated by the fact that the space on the second enough for a row.

But beauty sometimes takes precedence over practicality. Remember that curved line of windows outside? This stylistic accent reduced the rear windows. Because of this, it is not very light behind, and the now fashionable black ceiling and tinted windows create a subdued atmosphere.

How the new DS crossover rides

Drivability and accelerating dynamics of the DS 3 Crossback

Both in the city and on the highway, our car is good. It responds quickly to driving. The turbocharged engine has good returns, it is economical, but at the same time nimble. Power & nbsp; 130 hp enough for the crossover to accelerate easily and confidently.

 Crossover DS 3 Crossback: characteristics, price of equipment, review, test drive (video)

The car is lighter than its main competitors, so it picks up speed with ease. Claimed acceleration to hundreds is 9.2 s. For comparison, the same Mazda CX-30 with 150 hp. acceleration takes 10.4 s.

How a turbocharged engine works

It was very interesting for me to test a motor of such a small volume, but reinforced with a turbine. How does a turbocharged engine work? The exhaust gases enter the turbine blades, which allows a large amount of air to be supplied to the cylinders under pressure. Fuel burns faster – and engine power increases. What are the advantages of turbocharged engines: they are more environmentally friendly (the fuel burns out almost completely), they are quieter and more powerful.

What are the driving modes

There are three driving modes: normal, eco and sport. They affect the settings of the gearbox, engine and steering wheel. In eco mode, the car moves smoothly and, as it were, smooths out the reaction to sharp pedal presses. But in the sport mode of the DS 3 Crossback, I was struck – when you press the gas pedal, the car seems to be repelled by the rear wheels from the asphalt, picking up speed noticeably faster. The steering wheel becomes heavier and the car reacts more sharply to steering turns, the automatic transmission switches faster. Therefore, if you want the best performance from the engine, turn on the sport mode.

What kind of suspension is on the DS 3 Crossback

The bumps in the road are quite up to this small crossover. Large wheels are not afraid of pits, but the suspension is a bit stiff. The DS has a MacPherson strut at the front and a torsion beam at the rear.

DS 3 Crossback: specs, pricing, review, test drive (video)

Safety and driving assistance systems

There are adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and emergency braking system. There is an active blind spot monitoring system, i.e. the car not only warns about the presence of another car in the blind zone, but also taxis, taking away from danger.

Noise isolation

In addition to making you feel safe, the DS 3 Crossback's cabin is quiet and comfortable. The manufacturer did a very good job of soundproofing, which allows you to hide the noise of the engine and the surrounding city.

DS 3 Crossback crossover: specifications, price, review, test drive (video)

What is the fuel consumption of the DS 3 Crossback

Claimed fuel consumption: in the city – 7.4 liters, on the highway – 5.3 liters, in the combined cycle – 6.1 liters. In total, we drove 600 km, trying not to exceed the speed limit too much. In reality, we got 6.8 liters in the combined cycle. The result is respectable – in my hands only hybrids showed lower numbers.

How to test drive the DS 3 Crossback

If you want to test the DS 3 Crossback, you can fill out the form on the representative website and choose a dealer who will provide the car. There are three dealers who give the DS 3 Crossback a test. They are located in Kyiv, Kharkov and Lvov.

We chose the road from Kyiv to Kaniv for the test in order to admire the views of the Dnieper from Tarasova Gora. two kits. The cost of a car with a 130 hp engine. – UAH 695,500 ($ 25,500), and with a 155 hp engine. – UAH 813,900 ($29,900). You can compare prices and specifications in the table below.

We have a Performance Line+ car on test worth $26,000, which arrived in Ukraine in limited quantities.

Comparative table of prices and characteristics of DS 3 Crossback available in Ukraine

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1.2 PureTech 155

Drive

Front

Front

Front

Engine

Turbo Petrol

Diesel

Turbocharged petrol

Engine displacement

1.2 l.

1.5 l.

1.2 l.

Engine power

130 HP

130 hp

155 hp

Acceleration to 100 km/h

9.2 s

9.9 s

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8.2 s

Clearance

180 mm

180 mm

180 mm

Trunk capacity

350 l.

350 l.

350 l.

Declared combined consumption

6.1 l/100 km

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3.8 l/100 km

6.1 l/100 km

Real consumption during the test drive

6.8 l/100 km

 

 

Maximum speed

196 km/h

195 km/h

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Price

695 500 UAH

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747 400-848 UAH 600

813 900 UAH

Summing up

Cons

  • Small rear windows
  • Inconvenient to close the trunk

Pros

  • Exclusivity both inside and out
  • The price is less than a car of this level should be
  • Big beautiful wheels
  • Modern matrix headlights
  • Low fuel consumption

Focus Verdict

The DS 3 Crossback has a lot to offer. But the main advantage of this car is its exclusivity. While sales of DS in Ukraine are only gaining momentum, you will surprise your neighbors and friends with an extraordinary car. His style inside and out is the main argument. Not for nothing in advertising DS 3 Crossback is depicted against the backdrop of the Vendôme Column in Paris. It really has a French charm.

Specifications DS 3 Crossback. Compact Crossover Performance Line+

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Engine

Turbocharged petrol

Engine capacity

1.2 l.

Engine power

130 HP

Acceleration to 100 km/h

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9.2 s

Clearance

180 mm

Trunk volume

350 l.

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Declared combined consumption

6.1 l/100 km

Real consumption during the test drive

6.8 l/100 km

Maximum speed

196 km/h

Price

$26k

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