The All-Electric DS 3 E-TENSE SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

DS3 E-Tense
Price: £37,200
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 54 KWh
Electric range (WLTP): 270 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


DS Automobiles is a French luxury automotive brand, which was launched in 2009. Though it was initially part of the PSA Group (Citroën DS), it was launched as a standalone brand in 2014.

The French marque was developed by the PSA Group to include a more premium brand in its portfolio. DS Automobiles was inspired by the original DS unveiled at the 1955 Paris Motor Show. The company is also involved with Formula E.

In fact, electrification has been part of the brands strategy from its creation. The company claims, ‘the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe (100.2 g/km of CO2 according to the WLTP cycle per registered car in the first half of 2021) and more than a third of its cars are electrified. This strategy is accelerating: from 2024, every new DS Automobiles model will be exclusively 100% electric”.

The company currently has the following battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs):

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The All-Electric DS 3 E-TENSE SUV

The DS 3 has been available since 2019, but has been updated with improvements in 2023. The new all-electric DS 3 E-Tense compact SUV has an improved electric range, more technology, better performance (more powerful electric motor) and an updated styling. The manufacturer has also dropped ‘Crossback’ from the model name.

The DS 3 E-Tense is available in only one EV battery size: 54 kWh (usable: 50.8 kWh), with a claimed electric range up to 270 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the pure electric DS 3 should be able to achieve over 200 emission-free miles on a single charge. Given the compact size and e-range, the e-SUV is well suited for urban drivers, but also just as useful for longer motorway journeys.

The DS 3 EV offers DC charging up to 100 kW DC. Neither the fastest, nor the slowest DC rapid charging speed. The electric car can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes at 100 kW DC. For the more commonly available 50 kW DC rapid charger, the EV can be charged 10% to 80% in 62 minutes. But it is worth noting that the majority of EV charging sessions are done at home, and usually overnight, when electricity prices are cheaper.

The DS 3 electric car incorporates an 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. Using a dedicated 3-phase EV charger like myenergi zappi, the EV can be fully charged in 5 hours. However, most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, and single-phase EV charging will take longer (7 hours 30 minutes). We at e-zoomed discourage the use of a 3-PIN domestic plug for charging an electric car.

We also recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to EV charging. This way, charging times are shorter and the regular charging of the EV battery is beneficial for the long-term maintenance of the EV battery. DS Automobiles offers a warranty up to 8 years or 100,000 miles. It covers up to 70% of original battery capacity.

The pure electric DS 3 E-Tense SUV is available only as a front-wheel drive (FWD). The electric car can achieve 0-62 mph in 9 seconds (max power: 155 hp/ torque: 260 Nm). The top speed of the electric vehicle (EV) is 93 mph. The EV incorporates regenerative braking. The EV does not incorporate one-pedal driving.

The exterior and interior styling of the DS 3 E-Tense, though an acquired taste, is certainly distinct (the same is the case for the interior design). In general, the EV does not feel as spacious as alternatives. Moreover, the smaller windows in the rear does impact the rear-view visibility, but also make the cabin feel less spacious. The boot space is limited to 350 L.

The EV has a decent level of technology and equipment on offer, to include: keyless start, blind spot detection, heat pump, rear and front parking sensors, reversing camera (180° Vision), emergency braking system (up to 52mph), lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, speed limit recognition, intelligent speed adaptation and more.

The in-car entertainment system has also been updated. It includes: 7 inch digital instrument cluster, 10.3 inch HD touchscreen, DS IRIS SYSTEM, 3D connected navigation, natural voice recognition, head-up display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and more!

Company car drivers can also take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax rate for pure electric cars. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet. You can lease electric vehicles (EVs) via e-zoomed at very competitive prices!

Decent pure electric range (up to 270 miles)Interior quirky ‘diamond theme’ design has restricted appeal
100 kW DC charging/ 11 kW AC onboard charger as standardOnly available in one EV battery size
Includes heat pump Rear-view visibility limited (B-pillar)


The All-Electric DS 3 E-TENSE SUV (credit: DS Automobiles)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
DS 3 E-TENSE Performance Line (from £37,200)
DS 3 E-TENSE Performance Line + (from £38,700)
DS 3 E-TENSE Rivoli (from £38,950)
DS 3 E-TENSE Opera (from £41,700)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 54 kWh
Charging:100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). 50 kW DC charger (10%-80%: 62 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1534
Width (mm):1988
Length (mm):4118
Wheelbase (mm):2558
Turning Circle (m):10.7
Boot Capacity (L):350

EV Battery Capacity:54 kWh
Electric Range (WLTP):270 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):141.7 – 164.3
Charging: 100 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). 50 kW DC charger (10%-80%: 62 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (0%-100%: 5 hrs)
Top Speed:93 mph
0-62 mph:9 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):115
Max Power (hp):155
Torque (Nm): 260
Kerb Weight (kg):1,550
NCAP Safety Rating:Four-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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