DThis connection should sparkle like champagne: refined electric mobility and bold exclusivity. In fact, a subtle hint of the future fans out with an elitist interpretation of sensual driving. That starts before the start: the door handles slide silently out of their rest position when approaching. This is a delicate greeting. Everyone hopes that they may be drafted again, which they actually do. Of course, this is offered in a French car from the program of a still young secondary brand: Citroën limousines, once identical to gods, once ran under the letter combination DS under the sign of the double angle. Finally, a noble brand was missing in the maternal PSA group and DS was declared to be so, since 2016 DS has existed in the official German registration statistics. On the German market, DS currently consists of two series, the compact DS 3 and the larger DS 7, both four-door crossback versions in civil SUV clothing and with their own design and the use of technology from the PSA group.
This is also binding for the all-electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense that has been available since the beginning of the year. Despite its close technical relationship to the other PSA journeyman Opel Corsa E and Peugeot E 208, the DS 3 Crossback should appear as an independent premium model. A few idiosyncratic design and equipment details as well as an ambitious pricing currently speak for this: With the DS Connect Nav at a basic price of 38,390 euros, the E-Tense test car in the second best equipment line “So Chic” came to 39,240 euros. There is no cheaper DS-3 alternative with an electric drive. The basic versions of the electric Corsa E and the E 208 are around 8,000 euros cheaper each, without taking into account different configurations. The DS-3 petrol version with eight-speed automatic and 130 hp is even more attractive: 29 590 euros in base price. A 1.2-liter three-cylinder works, which can offer a maximum torque of 230 Newton meters. The E-Tense clearly exceeds these values: 100 kW (136 hp) are present and an immediately available maximum torque of 260 Nm. This gives the 1.6-ton car plenty of French temperament. During our driving tests, 100 km / h were reached from a standing start in just under ten seconds, 150 km / h speedometer top are realistic. But they are unnecessary for the DS connoisseur, because he is content with a smooth 130 km / h and detects himself by other properties and peculiarities.
Jerk-free driving (because there are no gear stages), the pleasant suspension behavior, almost in the vicinity of a heavier car, the perfect curve-scratching of the front-wheel drive and even the consumption habits of electrical engineering combine to form an extremely harmonious unit.
The optimistic WLTP measurement of consumption and electrical range is by no means disturbing: We only approached the promised 320 battery kilometers once during our economy journey. At 16.6 kWh for 100 kilometers, a range of 301 kilometers was signaled. On average, we came to 18.4 kW / h per 100 kilometers, from which 272 kilometers were calculated as the range, which is a credible announcement for everyday life. We usually charged the DS E-Tense in the garage at home using the 230 volt socket. This can take almost ten hours, but it is the most convenient option overnight. The E-Tense prefers to roll freely decoupled when the accelerator pedal is in the zero position. Repairs are only successful in one stage. But the interior design efforts offer a lot of tingling moments.