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Crossover with D-efined S-tyle.

Byline: GRAHAM COURTNEY

DS is the upmarket brand for Citroen, but don't be fooled into thinking they're just a posh re-hash of a Citroen model.

They're not. The DS 3 Crossback (bit like its larger stablemate DS 7 Crossback) is a standalone model, and very smart it is too.

It aims fair and square at those people who like a small, versatile car which follows the latest sports utility vehicle crossover style of compact exterior, hatchback convenience and a chunky appearance.

Prices for the DS 3 Crossback start at PS21,555. In terms of trim, you can select from elegance, performance line, prestige, ultra prestige and the launch edition la premiere.

The entry level elegance comes with smart alloys, chrome flush-fitting door handles which pop out from the body, rear parking sensors, air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, DAB radio, tinted windscreen and a leather steering wheel.

Best value is the performance line trim which also adds heated exterior door mirrors, dark tinted rear windows, LED rear lights, central armrest and aluminium sports pedals. It makes the DS 3 Crossback look and feel a bit special.

In terms of power plants, the car is available with petrol or diesel and, later this year, 100% electric power.

The petrol engines are all 1.2-litre three-cylinder units developing varying amounts of power (100bhp, 130bhp, 153bhp). There's also a 1.5-litre 100bhp diesel engine. The smaller petrol engine and the diesel unit get a six-speed manual box while the rest get an eight-speed auto.

In terms of economy, the diesel engine wins the battle with 62mpg, but we'd go for the petrol units. The entry level 1.2-litre petrol will manage 52mpg, but the one we like is the mid-range 130bhp engine which manages 47mpg yet still gives you decent performance with 0-60 taking 9.2 seconds.

It's got enough oomph for motorway traffic but will happily amble around town. The suspension is typically French and makes for really cushy progress.

The exterior styling looks sharp, but the real experience comes when you step inside. DS is making a name for itself as being a hi-tech expert.

Everything looks very futuristic but, crucially, it all works really well.

The DS 3 Crossback stands out from the crowd. It offers a seriously premium feel, comfortable ride, spacious and versatile interior, and a high level of standard kit. It's a welcome addition to the crossover market.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2019
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