DS3 E-Tense 2023 test: new electric heart, the DS 3 Electric Crossback goes further: our new autonomy measures

The DS 3 Electric Crossback goes further: our new autonomy measures

Thanks to a few small manipulations, all DS, Citroën and Peugeot benefits from a slight additional autonomy. It was with the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense that we checked it, on our measurement basis.

DS3 E-Tense 2023 test: new electric heart

Arrival in mid-Carrier, the DS3 undergoes a restyling and stretches a new electric heart, called to equip many models of the Stellantis group.

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At DS, we do not change: we use and abuse Anglicisms, to boast the merits of “French know-how”. And we expressly express the so-called success of a DS3 and a range which, out of our borders, does not meet its audience.
With its slogan “Spirit of Avant-Garde”, its pronounced taste for marketing and its pretension to the high end, the firm, however The privilege, on the DS3, to extend the brand new electrical architecture, which will then extend to the entire Stellantis group.
On the menu, a new battery and a new engine. The first, made up of catl cells from China, is assembled in France and displays a capacity of 54 kWh, 4 more than before.
The second, also produced in our countries by Emotors, Fruit of the association between Nidec and PSA, replaces the continental engine with, as a bonus, 20 hp more.
DS therefore promises better driving pleasure and, obviously, increased autonomy: 84 kilometers more than the first variation of DS3 Crossback E-Tense, or Up to 404 kilometers between two “full” For the most frugal version.
But nothing new on the recharge side. The DS accepts only 11 kW of power by alternating current, and 100 kW in direct current.

However, this allows a load of 10 to 80 % in thirty minutes on a quick terminal, and in less than six hours for a full load on a public terminal classic. At home, with a 7.4 kW wallbox, you will have to wait eight hours.
If the electric cars are always discreet, with only a little whistle, it admits really very silent. And sweet.
Good accelerator management allows great progressiveness in acceleration, while performance remains very suitable, with A 0 to 100 km/h announced in 9 seconds and effective recovery.
But you have to solicit the sport mode or completely push the right pedal, with a slight response time, to wake up the entire cavalry of 115 kW. “Normal” mode is limited to 80 kW and the “Eco” program, at 60 kW.
Note that a classic “brake” position of the gear selector makes it possible to amplify the deceleration, by increasing the regeneration of energy. However, it requires activating the brakes for a complete stop.
Our different routes, in advantageous climatic conditions and mixing urban and secondary environment, allowed us toApproach the consumption announced by the approval cycle.
We can therefore hope, with adequate driving, reach 340 kilometers of autonomy.
On the highway, stabilized at 130 km/h but this time with a strong headwind, our DS3 was rather 27 kWh/100 km. There, it would have been impossible to exceed 200 kilometers before taking out the cable ..

Dressed in its new battery, given for 340 kg, The DS3 displays 1,550 kg minimum. This weight affects the dynamism of a Frenchwoman who remains precise, very healthy and pleasant to drive.
We can however blame him for a little firm damping, whose comfort suffers, especially in the rear seats.
There, The space is lacking in the legs, The storage is rare and narrow, while the cutting of glass surfaces amplifies the feeling of confinement. Nothing changes either as a trunk side: the capacity is limited to 350 liters, and no storage or tank under the floor is provided for charging cables.
If the presentation on board does not evolve, a new steering wheel appears and The multimedia interface, resumption of the DS4, Invites itself upon the base finish on a 10.3 -inch touch screen.
Easy to use and complete, the system advantageously replaces its predecessor and can reveal the images of the 360 ​​° parking camera, in high finish. It rubs shoulders with a digital instrumentation, the information displayed of which can be chosen.
The whole goes with an elegant, original, refined presentation and sometimes coated with colorful leather, which “house” ergonomics invites you to admire: To look too much buttons, we observe the dashboard !
Ds persists for example with orders for electric windows (badly ?) placed on the central console. The development incorporates a double cubelet holder, a tank under the central armrest as well as a small storage in front of the gear lever, under the start-up button “Hands-free”.
The latter appears only from the Rivoli and Performance Line finish levels +. But This start button always requires too long pressure To activate the start -up or stop of the vehicle.
In terms of finance, the price of This electric version starts at € 41,700. Even after subtraction of the € 5,000 bonus, this still represents € 3,600 more than the 130 hp petrol version in automatic transmission.
Also note that the high-end opera (head-up-and-on-up, 360 ° camera, heated front seats, blind spot surveillance, etc.), exceeds the threshold of € 47,000 giving the right to the bonus. It will therefore be, except negotiation, difficult to sell !

  • Silence of operation and approval
  • Autonomy in progress
  • Flattering presentation
  • Ergonomics details
  • Limited habitability
  • Salty rate
  • From € 41,700
  • Consumption during the test (kWh/100 km): 16
  • WLTP mixed consumption (kWh/100 km): 15.3
  • CO2(g/km)/bonus: 0/5,000 €
  • Tax power: 4 CVs
  • Country of manufacture: France
  • Guarantee: 2 years/Unlimited mileage
  • Battery warranty: 8 years/160,000 km
  • Engine: Synchronous with permanent magnet
  • Transmission: front wheels, 1 ratio
  • Power (KW/CH): 115/156
  • Couple (nm): 260
  • Battery: lithium-ion, 54 kWh capacity
  • Charging time: (0 to 100 %)
    • Standard servant: 27h
    • Reinforced servant (3.7 kW): 7 p.m
    • Domestic terminal (7.4 kW): 8h
    • Public terminal (11 kW): 5:45 am
    • Quick terminal (100 kW): 30 min (10 to 80 %)
    • Electric, 115 kW, from € 41,700
    • Petrol, from 100 to 130 hp, from € 30,100
    • Diesel, 130 hp, from € 34,700
    • LED matrix projectors: 900 €
    • Smartphone recharging by induction: 200 €
    • Extended security pack (front parking radars, blind spot surveillance, reversing camera): € 700
    • Winter pack (heated front seats, heating windshield, heated windshield nozzle): € 400
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    The DS 3 Electric Crossback goes further: our new autonomy measures

    • 1/6The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense gains a few tens of kilometers of autonomy
    • 2/6Despite an overweight franc compared to the thermal, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense remains pleasant to drive when the road turns
    • 3/6The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is not the most punchy electric electric
    • 4/6The interior of the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense gives pride of place to diamonds
    • 5/6The infotainment system of the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is a bit slow in its transitions
    • 6/6The B mode of the box activates the regenerative braking of the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense
    • 6/6The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense gains a few tens of kilometers of autonomy

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    The DS 3 Electric Crossback goes further: our new autonomy measures

    Thanks to a few small manipulations, all DS, Citroën and Peugeot benefits from a slight additional autonomy. It was with the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense that we checked it, on our measurement basis.

    • Atypical physics
    • Pleasant road behavior
    • Small improvements on the autonomy side
    • High prices
    • Brake pedal difficult to dose
    • Timid performance

    Small chic SUV to stroll through the streets of the cities, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense takes advantage of a look out with the rest of the segment to stand out. But side road services, if it is not clumsy on the secondary network, French, on the other hand, suffered from a very limited autonomy. A grievance that has risen to the ears of group leaders, since all the electrics who share the DS 3 Crossback platform (Citroën Ë-C4, Opel Mokka-e and Corsa-E, Peugeot E-208 and E- 2008) were treated to Some small improvements : On the one hand, the engineers have cut a little on the battery reserve, that is to say that the real capacity remaining once the counter indicates 0 kilometer of autonomy (safety margin) is now a little less important than before. On the other hand, the multiplication ratio has also been modified, so that the engine runs slower, especially at high speed. This last point is not not without consequence on performance, Since the 0 to 100 km/h is now carried out in 10.5 s instead of 9.6 s before. The same goes for recovery, with an 80 – 120 km/h which claims 7.3 s against 6.8 s before the modifications.

    A little more juice

    But nothing dramatic, since the figures remain sufficient and especially that the consumption gains are there. In town, the DS 3 crossback still earns 50 km of autonomy on our measurement cycle, To climb to 310 km. Road gains (+ 23 km) and on the highway (+ 21 km) are less impressive and the whole thing is to be tempered by the fact that we had measured the old by 4 ° C, while the new took advantage of a Cleemental weather for 25 ° C.

    Categories Measures 2022 2019 measures
    Categories City Autonomy (km) Measures 2022 310 2019 260 measures
    Road autonomy categories (km) Measures 2022 219 2019 196 measures
    Categories Autonomy Autoroute (km) Measures 2022 171 2019 150 measures
    Consumer categories. average city (kWh/100 km) Measures 2022 16.9 2019 20.8 measures
    Consumer categories. middle road (kWh/100 km) Measures 2022 24.0 2019 27.6 measures
    Consumer categories. Average highway (kWh/100 km) Measures 2022 30.6 Measures 2019 36.0
    Consumer categories. average (kWh/100 km)* Measures 2022 20.4 Measures 2019 24.2

    Pleasant to take

    In all cases, The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense does not explode the scores and remains far from what a Renault Zoé R110 can offer which benefits from a slightly larger battery (52 kWh instead of 46 and dust) but also much better efficiency, with 395 km of autonomy in town, 280 km on the road and 220 km on the motorway. Too bad because given the salty price of the DS which surfs the “French premium” wave, it Above all, remains confined to the streets of cities. That said, if its small wheelbase does not play in favor of habitability (the rear seats are narrow or even anecdotal if the front seats are too remote), it makes the DS 3 Crossback Quite agile on the road, when you venture there for short journeys. As for comfort, it decent despite fairly firm suspensions which sometimes absorb small shocks a little bitterly. Surprisingly on the part of DS, who usually put above all on the softness. Too bad to note, on the other hand, that the small technical update has not brought to the brakes: the pedal is always spongy, with a long and not easy race to dose in town.

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    Highlights in sharp decline

    A little better but no revolution, this is how we can qualify the changes to the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, which does not change its positioning or its preference for urban centers. Not sure that the small start of autonomy therefore manages to convince customers, who are very rare: DS has sold only 445 ds 3 crossback e-tense over the first six months of the year, one more decline 60 % Compared to the same period in 2021… and the balance sheet is not more glorious for this model all energies combined, since the total culminates at 2,924 cars (- 47 %), which relegates French to 68th position in hit -Prade of registrations.

    Commercial appellation DS DS3 Electric crossback Louvre 2022
    Engine Synchronous with permanent magnets, 0 s, 0 cm 3
    Power 136 CH
    Couple 260 Nm
    Transmission Traction
    Box type Automatic