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DS 3 Crossback SUV verdict

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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 52.5

Written by Lawrence Cheung Published: 29 April 2020 Updated: 25 October 2023

Should you buy a DS 3 Crossback?

If you’re looking to move up from a small hatchback and into something more practical, comfortable and with a high dose of style, the DS 3 Crossback makes a strong first impression.

There will be those who will continue to miss the DS 3 hatch, but this SUV-style Crossback should appeal to a larger audience with its combination of style, tech, comfort and added practicality.

As a result, this should attract a slightly more mature buyer compared with the previous model, while maintaining to offer something a bit more premium and comfortable over mainstream rivals.

That’s good news for those looking to upsize from their current hatchback, but if you’re looking for maximum cabin and boot space, you may be better off elsewhere. The higher retail price also needs to be considered, and while the number of DS dealerships continue to grow, they’re still relatively sparse compared to mainstream manufacturers.

The ability to choose between nine body colours and three for the roof will certainly make your DS 3 Crossback stand out, but may take a little longer to sell privately.

With PSA’s strong range of Puretech petrol engines and BlueHDIs to complement the electric versions, this looks like a very appealing addition to the increasingly crowded SUV market.

The PureTech 130 brings the best running costs and performance, while the sporty-looking Performance Line is expected to be the best-seller, so this might be easier to find. The more expensive PureTech 155 engine provides the best level of performance.

If you’re on a budget when it comes to running costs, the PureTech 100 will appeal the most as it balances the lowest retail price for each spec and sips fuel at the slowest rate out of all the petrols. It also commands the lowest BIK costs per month. This is provided you don’t specifically need an automatic gearbox or a high-spec Ultra Prestige or La Premiere model.

DS 3 Crossback Performance Line 130 PureTech rear
DS 3 Crossback Performance Line 130 PureTech rear

Further reading:

>> DS 3 E-Tense review

>> Best small SUVs 2020

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained