DS 3 review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Running costs for the DS 3 should be good whether you go for petrol or electric power
The petrol DS 3 is far from class-leading when it comes to both fuel economy and emissions, with the latter making the small SUV not particularly appealing to those looking to run one as a company car.
The base PureTech 100 is the most frugal petrol-powered DS 3 on paper – capable of returning up to 49.6mpg, DS claims. The more powerful PureTech 130 with its eight-speed automatic gearbox isn’t too far behind, though, and according to the French firm, can achieve up to 46.3mpg. However, rivals like the Nissan Juke – with its newer hybrid powertrain – can officially manage more than 55mpg, and it emits less than the DS 3, too.
CO2 emissions for the petrol-powered DS 3s are quite high for its class and engine size. They sit at 128-141g/km for the PureTech 100, and 135-148g/km for the PureTech 130.
Of course, if you’re concerned about tailpipe emissions or want to cut down on your running costs, then the all-electric DS 3 E-Tense is the model to go for. As part of the facelift for 2023, the small electric SUV now uses a 54kWh battery (up from 50kWh at launch), boosting its range from 193 miles to 250 miles on the WLTP combined cycle.
Car group tests
All these figures are subject to varying wheel sizes and weight changes depending on which trim level you choose – stick with smaller wheels if economy and efficiency are primary concerns.
Until 2025, the zero-emission DS 3 E-Tense is exempt from road tax, as well as the London Congestion Charge. Meanwhile, under the current VED structure, road tax for the petrol DS 3 models starts from £190 per year for the PureTech 100, rising to £230 for the PureTech 130. These yearly charges apply after the initial CO2-weighted first year payment that’s usually rolled into the on-the-road price. However you can go as mad as you like with options and personalisation without fear of hitting the £40,000-plus surcharge because prices top out at under £33,000 for a kitted-out, top-of-the-range Opera model.
The DS 3 occupies insurance groups 15E to 30E; the lower end of that spectrum accounts for PureTech 100 models, with premiums increasing with engine power and pricier trims. For comparison, the Audi Q2 begins one group below and tops out (sporty SQ2 notwithstanding) in group 20 for a 35 TFSI petrol model.
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Despite its left-field appeal, all versions of the DS 3 are likely to hold on to around 49 per cent of their value after three years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time, according to our experts. This is a slightly better rate than some pricier versions of rivals such as the Lexus UX (47 to 54 per cent) and Volkswagen T-Roc (47 to 59 per cent).
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In this review
- 1DS 3 reviewThe DS 3 is a left-field choice in the small premium SUV segment, and one that’s been developed with comfort in mind
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe DS 3 is nimble around town, but far from exciting when you hit the open road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingRunning costs for the DS 3 should be good whether you go for petrol or electric power
- 4Interior, design and technologyIt’s boldly designed but the DS 3 doesn’t quite have the substance to back up its style
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe DS 3’s focus on style means practicality is compromised versus rivals
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe DS 3 redeems itself with great safety credentials but reliability is still largely untested