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DS 3 Crossback

Subcompact Crossover

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Product Overview

DS 3 Crossback is a subcompact crossover in production from 2018. It is powered by either 1.2L turbo I3 petrol, 1.5L turbo I4 diesel, or a battery-electric drivetrain.
Like all modern French vehicles, the DS 3 Crossback lacks independent rear suspensions. While Citroen wants you to think that it is a legitimate competition to the likes of Mercedes or Lexus, the DS 3 Crossback is just a fattened tiny hatchback with poor build quality.


What we found

Neofiliac score 8%
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Ugly
  • Poor performance
  • Only available with tiny engines
  • Basic suspension setup
  • Poor handling

What external reviewers found

External score 50%
  • Good range
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Poor rearward visibility
  • Lack of room
  • Lack of practicality
  • Lacklustre range
  • Lacklustre infotainment
  • Lack of class-leading features

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Variants shown:
1.2 PureTech 102
1.2 PureTech 131 AT
1.2 PureTech 155 AT
1.5 BlueHDi 102
1.5 BlueHDi 110
1.5 BlueHDi 130 AT

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 52% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autocar have found:
DS wants comfort but not Citroen-style floaty comfort. It wants response but not Peugeot-style tiny steering wheel response. Unlike Audi and Mini, DS has let the Crossback be its own thing. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine is quiet, and the eight-speed auto smooth in unhurried driving.
  • Sleek looks
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Not the most fun to drive


Reviewer score 32% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
The DS 3 has been designed with comfort in mind and rides well. It's easy to drive, the interior is trimmed in some nice materials and the engine and gearbox combinations are strong. But prices are high for a small premium SUV that can't quite match its rivals for outright quality and polish.
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good standard equipment
  • Average fuel economy
  • High price


Reviewer score 67% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
The DS3 Crossback sits on PSA's CMP platform (that's been designed to work with both ICE and BEV models) The cabin is draped in the sort of luxurious materials you'd expect from a luxury hotel on the Champs-Élysées. The E-Tense offers light steering, a cushy ride 90% of the time (expansion joints in the road can be a struggle) and impressive refinement levels.
  • Comfortable ride
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent range
  • Lack of tech
  • Lacklustre range


Reviewer score 59% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from carwow have found:
The DS 3 Crossback is the ideal small SUV if you want your small, stylish family car to stand out. It doesn't have the badge kudos of a VW T-Roc, but it'll leave this German alternative eating its avant-garde dust in the style stakes. It soaks up potholes very well in town, where you'll find the DS's light steering, relatively small size and perky petrol engines.
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
  • Not as agile as a VW T-Roc
  • Not as comfortable as a Skoda Karoq


  1. ^ DS 3 Crossback 2019 review. [autocar].
  2. ^ DS 3 Crossback review. [autoexpress].
  3. ^ DS 3 Crossback E-Tense (2019) review: electric chic. [carmagazine].
  4. ^ DS DS 3 CROSSBACK Review. [carwow].