There are exciting times in the French car giant PSA every day.
Here big money is being invested in developing new electric drives for all brands; Peugeot, Opel, Citroën and DS. The latter has been promoted as the most exclusive brand in the family.
So far, DS home sales in Norway have been modest, but soon there may be changes.
Something about the New Year comes their first fully electric car in the country. It's called the D-3 Crossback E-tense and is a compact SUV / Crossover – offering "a little extra". Now we tested:
What is this?
D-3 Crossback E-tension is based on the same platform as the Peugeot e-208 and Opel Corsa-e. This means, for example, that all cars have the same engine (100 kW) and battery (50 kWt).
The way the DS 3 stands out is the crossover, or premium SUV in the B segment, as the DS itself calls it. In addition, the DS 3 E-Strain will offer better perceived quality and appear more intense – compared to other models made on the same platform.
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How is it to drive?
There's no doubt that the DS 3 E-tense is a comfortable car. It is emphasized with a fairly soft chassis layout, while at the same time noise cancellation is good.
DS 3 Cross E-tension
Power: 100 kW / 136 hp and 260 Nm.
Battery: 50 kWt.
Range: 320 km (WLTP)
Internal charger: 11 kW (3-phase) / 7.4 kW (single-phase)
Fast charging: 100 kW
0-100 km / h: 9 seconds.
Top speed: 150 km / h
Range: 320 km (WLTP)
L-B-H: 4.12 – 1.80 – 1.53 m. Luggage storage: 350 / 1,050 liters
Weight: 1,525 kg.
Price from: 312 000 DKK
The driver's seat is also comfortable, with great adjustments to the seat and steering wheel.
DS 3 E-tension is equipped with three different driving programs: Eco, Normal and Sport. Only recently have you been served 100 percent power, and this is clearly evident in the gas response.
When sports mode is activated, the car is experienced quickly, especially up to 80 km / h. After that it drops a little. In normal mode, the car delivers 80 kW, which in this case equals 80 percent of maximum power. He speaks strictly on normal driving.
If you go for Eco Mode, most things are thrown away – to ensure longer range. For example, you get reduced power from the air conditioner, the top speed is limited to 95 km / h, and the engine power drops to just 60 kW.
We mostly work in normal mode – which most people probably will. If you need full power, this is easily done by simply pressing the accelerator pedal.
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Is it going well?
With 100 kW distributed over just over 1,500kg, there are no exact races. The 0-100 km / h finish is 9 seconds, while the top speed is 150 km / h.
More interesting is the scope. The DS 3 E-strain is said to be 320 kilometers, measured by the new and stricter WLTP method. He's totally inside, but not very impressive.
Like the Peugeot e-208, the 50 kWt battery can be charged with a fast charger, up to 100 kW. Then charge 0-80 percent for 30 minutes, which is not bad at all.
The car also has an 11 kW cardboard charger for typical home charging. Then charge the battery for five hours – if you have access to 3-phase 230V.
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How is the place?
The DS 3 E-tense is a relatively compact car with a length of 4.12 meters. The front has more than enough room for two adults, but the rear seat is worse. Here, the knees and the back seat are almost tight.
In the trunk, however, it is more spacious. Consume 350 liters when resting on seat backs or 1,050 when folded.
Since the DS 3 platform is also fitted with gasoline, diesel and electric drives, there is no storage space under the E-tension hood. Instead, it's the hood. But, as we mentioned, the car gets some of it in the boot. There are no batteries that steal space.
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Best outside or inside?
For many, the design of a car can be a major force. Simply because this is what sets the car apart from the other two PSA Group options.
And just when it comes to design, the DS has undoubtedly managed to make an electric car that stands out from everyone else in the class. Externally, the Audi-inspired little grille is dominated by narrow headlights and vertical LED daytime running lights.
It is the hedges we like best. Here it is not pre-thematized, but narrow and beautiful lines. Seen from the side, we are a little uncertain about the rear door protector. It is far from the most beautiful part of the car, and also steals visibility.
On the inside, we immediately see that the DS has chosen a different design language. The interior is neat and stylish to look at. Unfortunately, there are some areas here that disappoint with something of perceived quality. For example, the main buttons that control radio, navigation and media. Or, that is, lack of buttons.
Only hard plastic surface is pressed here, without any feedback. In practice, this means you have to look down the road every time you change something here. We also find parts of the infotainment system to be partially messy and a little intuitive. To change the car's temperature, you need to pass a few bumps on the screen. Instead, there should be one physical button or movement.
Beyond that, it's nice to be behind the wheel of the DS 3 E-tense. The seats are good and the comfort is generally nice.
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… and the conclusion is?
DS 3 E-tension should look significantly more exclusive than its competitors. In design and driving comfort, the car here achieves absolutely positive positions. But unfortunately, the experience from the inside is not so complete.
Then we think especially about the "buttons" – the quality of the materials is otherwise good.
Our car also has a dashboard and roofs covered with alcantara leather, which is part of the performance equipment package.
Prices in Norway start at NOK 312,000. There is no price for this car at all. Here you get a relatively good crossover, fast charging capability and no less a dose of French design which certainly excites many.
After all, about 1,600 booked the car, only in Norway. So it remains to be seen how many people actually sign a contract and buy the car…
The case was first reported on Broom.no