When you go to an auto show, electric cars are everywhere, but there are only a few affordable models for sale right now in France, including the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and soon, the Tesla Model 3. Unlike Kia’s e-Niro, the DS 3 will enter that market with a modest WLPT Euro-spec range of 300 km (186 miles) thanks to the 50 kWh battery. That’s mated with a modest 100 kW (136 horsepower) motor, which will accelerate you to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a leisurely 8.7 seconds.
The advantage of a smallish battery is that you can charge it quickly, up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. An 11 kW Wallbox charger, installed at home, will juice up the E-Tense model in just five hours, so it will be a handy city runabout, but less useful on longer trips.
The Crossback features a Drive Assist function that can keep you in your lane, brake automatically in emergencies, and self park. There’s also keyless entry, and full digital option, with a 10.3-inch entertainment HD touchscreen with smartphone mirroring and connected navigation. The DS 3 Crossback E-Tense will supposedly come to Europe in mid-2019, but no price has been revealed yet.
Reporting by Steve Dent for Engadget.