Review: DS 3 Crossback SUV E-Tense

The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense will come with an electric motor delivering a peak 136 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, which should see the 0-60 mph sprint take a little more than 8.0 seconds. The motor will be fed by a floor-mounted 50-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that should deliver 186 miles of real-world range. A full charge will take about 5.0 hours at home but an 80 percent charge can be done in 30 minutes using a fast-charging station.

Beyond the powertrains, the DS 3 Crossback should stand out thanks to avant-garde styling and modern interior. The designers have even gone with pop-out door handles that recognize the driver’s key within a radius of about 5.0 feet. Similarly, the door handles retract and the vehicle locks as the driver walks away.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: DS 3 Crossback SUV E-Tense
  • First available: March 2019
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 8.0s
  • Range: 280 miles 450 km

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Battery model: Lithium
    • Battery capacity: 100kW / 136hp
    • Battery Power: 50kWh
    • Battery Range: 186 miles
    • Electric drive unit: 136 horsepower


  • Charge time

    • Type of charger: 100 kW DC fast-charging
    • Fast charge time: 0 – 80% in 30 minutes (149 miles)
    • Full charge time: Level 2 charging 100% in 5 hours

Innovation & Self-driving

An elegant, stylish center console with its gearbox controls, toggle switches and electric handbrake are impressive in the DS 3 Crossback, but the design is also practical thanks to a smartphone charging pad, an array of storage compartments, and a broad sliding armrest. There is also find a digital instrument cluster, large infotainment screen and head-up display.

A 10.3-inch center display screen complements a fully-digital instrument cluster. New pedestrian detection software works in daylight or at night to give the driver two warnings before automatically applying the brakes. The driver can heed or dismiss the warnings.

Please also read our published Electric Car reviews of other makes and models.

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