DS DS 3

DS DS 3

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How much does the DS 3 cost to run?

The 1.6L diesel is the most economical DS 3 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The DS 3 1.6L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 83 MPG on average, which means it will cost £7.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 208 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Audi A1 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 21, which is lower than the Peugeot 208 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Alfa Romeo Mito 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Ford KA+ has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol
mpg57.6 - 65.778.5 - 83.150.4 - 52.3
emissions100 - 12687 - 94125 - 129
tax£0.00 - £125.00£0.00£125.00
insuranceGroup 10 - 26Group 21 - 28Group 26 - 39

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

DS 3: How big is the boot?

The DS DS 3 hatchback has a bigger boot than the convertible (it can hold 293 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the hatchback to take one pushchair and one large bag or 2 large bags. While the convertible takes just 2 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Skoda Fabia estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 3 large bags with its 515 litres.

Is the DS 3 easy to park?

The DS DS 3 is very middle of the road - it fills just under three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Hyundai I10.

If you don’t park in the street that much, then the DS 3 is fine. It will go in to an average street slot, giving you a gap of 843mm to swing in and out. But if you street park a lot you may want to look at the Smart Forfour.

Which DS 3 has the best performance?

The fastest DS 3 from 0-60, is the 1.6L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 300 lbs/ft torque and 210 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the MINI Hatchback 1.6L petrol, which will beat your DS 3 to 60 by 0.2 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model1.2L petrol1.6L diesel1.6L petrol2.0L petrol
zeroTo628.9 - 12.59.3 - 11.26.5 - 7.610.1
torque118 - 230254 - 285240 - 300400
bhp82 - 130100 - 120165 - 210190

What size caravan or trailer, can the DS 3 tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the DS 3 2.0L petrol which has 400 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2000kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.