Review: DS DS3 Crossback E-Tense 2021

21/01/2021 | Steve Lumley

Review: DS DS3 Crossback E-Tense 2021

If you are looking to lease an electric SUV with character and style, then the DS DS3 Crossback E-Tense should be on your shortlist.

Along with a choice of trim levels, the Crossback E-Tense offers a sound alternative to the likes of the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric.

However, the E-Tense shares the same platform with the Peugeot e-2008 and the Vauxhall Corsa-e and since the DS marque is meant to be an alternative choice for premium rivals, it does a lot of things very well.

Compact contract hire all-electric SUVs

The E-Tense is also one of the few compact contract hire all-electric SUVs and it has one of the best designs.

If the electric version is not the car lease that you are after, then the Crossback is still available with diesel and petrol engines.

Power for the Crossback comes from the 50kWh battery and the 100kW electric motor to deliver a range of 200 miles.

The motor's output is 134bhp, and the top speed is 93 mph. The 0 to 62 mph sprint time is nine seconds - and the power is available immediately to make starting from a standing start a fun experience.

Range of the DS3 Crossback E-Tense

The 200-mile range of the DS3 Crossback E-Tense will meet the needs of most commuters and will help deliver a 0% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rate.

It helps also that the battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes using a 100kW fast-charging system.

Recharging the E-Tense at home will take eight hours.

DS3 Crossback E-Tense is a sound car leasing choice

Behind the wheel, the DS3 Crossback E-Tense is a sound car leasing choice for those who drive on motorways - it's a nice and stable car for cruising, and it's a responsive drive around town.

The overall feel is for a premium EV that features extra soundproofing to make the driving experience a comfortable and silent one to enjoy.

The suspension is fairly soft, and it delivers a nice ride though rough road surfaces will be felt by those in the cabin.

Alongside the diesel- and petrol-powered models, the E-Tense has the same trim levels - plus there's the 'La Premiere' trim.

This is a high spec offering and worth considering.

Equipment for the contract hire E-Tense

DS3 Crossback E-Tense contract hire interior

Otherwise, the standard equipment for the contract hire E-Tense includes keyless entry, parking sensors, a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment touchscreen.

The E-Tense also comes with tinted rear windows and other models feature a larger 10-inch touchscreen, automatic air-conditioning and satnav.

The E-Tense Ultra Prestige adds a reversing camera, a head-up display, LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The range-topping La Premiere has wireless phone charging and more safety equipment.

The boot size is 350-litres and there's enough to make this a practical and stylish choice for families wanting to lease an electric vehicle.

Safety levels also impress

The safety levels also impress with a five-star Euro NCAP crash test safety rating. However, those models with a lower spec only received four stars so it's worth checking.

It helps too that drivers have three driving modes to choose from to help with battery conservation; 'Sport' delivers the full power, 'Normal' will reduce this to 107 bhp, while 'Eco' will deliver 80 bhp.

All of the driving modes will suit the driver's needs and in Normal, the Crossback E-Tense is an enjoyable car to drive.

The interior design is both trendy and futuristic, with a diamond style inspiration and the overall feel is of a premium car.

The DS DS3 Crossback E-Tense as an EV to lease

Essentially, there's a lot to recommend the DS DS3 Crossback E-Tense as an EV to lease because this is a stylish alternative to others in the segment with a nice drive and impressive comfort levels.

 

Lease the DS DS3 Crossback E-Tense

If you would like to lease the Crossback E-Tense, then check out the Tilsun Leasing offers for low price SUV leasing deals, or the Crossback E-Tense model range for business and personal contract hire options. The DS website has more information on the Crossback E-Tense.

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