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DS 3 Crossback review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The DS 3 Crossback’s focus on style means practicality is compromised versus rivals

The DS 3 Crossback is a small five-door SUV, but it doesn’t offer much more in the way of practicality over larger superminis – there’s seating for five and an average-sized boot, but you’ll find more space overall inside a Volkswagen Polo.

We’re not fans of the driving position either – hard seats and a limited range of adjustment to the seat and steering wheel mean you may find it hard to get comfortable behind the wheel. All-round visibility isn’t fantastic but we found the car easy to place on the road – its pronounced bonnet edges help make judging the car’s size around town easy.

Elsewhere, the DS 3 Crossback’s odd approach to ergonomics continues with cupholders located behind the gear selector, a wireless phone charger pad (where fitted) that might not fit larger phones and small door bins. It may look interesting, but user-friendliness was perhaps not the top of the list when the Crossback was designed.  

Size

The DS 3 Crossback measures in at 4,118mm in length, 1,988mm in width (including mirrors) and 1,534mm in height. For comparison, the Audi Q2 is a little longer at 4,191mm and wider at 2,009mm (with mirrors), but is lower at 1,508mm. The DS 3’s decent ground clearance (170mm) is worth noting – it could be helpful if farm tracks or large speed bumps are regular features of your driving.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Space for passengers in the front of the Crossback is decent and it should prove comfortable sitting here provided you can adjust the seats to suit. It’s a different story in the rear, however – space for passengers’ legs and heads is limited and certainly below average for the class. If you plan on regularly carrying adults in the back, rivals like the MINI Countryman are a better bet. There’s enough space for children and smaller teenagers, though.

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It’s quite dark and dingy in the rear too, thanks in part to tinted rear glass and a small glasshouse that’s interrupted by a protruding design feature on the high window line, so children may struggle to see out. ISOfix points are supplied on the outer two rear seats.

Boot

There’s an adequate amount of space in the back, with 350 litres on offer and the ability to fold the rear seats with a 60/40 split for a total of 1,050 litres. By contrast, the MINI Countryman boasts a 450-litre boot that can expand to 1,390 litres.

Towing

Small issues include a high boot lip with a drop down to what is a rather deep boot floor, along with a rear bench that doesn’t quite fold flat – there’s a step between the boot and the folded seats that might hamper loading.

All DS 3 Crossback models are rated to tow a braked trailer of up to 1,200kg or an unbraked trailer weighing up to 620kg. The maximum tow hitch download is 48kg.

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