DS launched in 2015 as a stylish, upmarket spin-off of Citroen. Since then, it’s forged its path with a focus on standout, chic French design and advanced technology. DS will only launch electric models from 2024 onwards, with a range of new EVs due to arrive, but for now the DS 3 compact SUV carries the electric torch.
Key highlights of DS
The DS nameplate dates back to the 1950s and the iconic Citroen DS, which was a car considered by many to be decades ahead of its time in design and innovation.
The DS brand lay dormant for years after, but reappeared as an upmarket sub-brand used on Citroen models such as the DS 3 and DS 5. DS became an independent brand in 2014, with Citroen badges removed and new, bespoke models launched.
The original DS car’s design flair has carried over to the DS brand with avant-garde styling one of the key selling points, such as the large front grille and diamond-shaped buttons and material patterns inside.
DS also prides itself on offering advanced technology that you’d normally find in far more expensive models. For example, there’s DS Park Pilot to help you find a space, DS Drive Assist to take the strain on motorways, and DS Smart Access, which allows you to access the car via an app and share virtual keys with friends and family. Features such as night vision are even available on certain models.
DS also offers high-end services for customers, with upmarket ‘DS Store’ dealerships, tailored finishes and unique experiences through the ‘Only You’ programme.
DS & EVs
The E-TENSE range currently offers hybrid and electric models from compact SUVs to large family cars. For now, the only pure-electric model is the DS 3 but more are due to follow in the near future. As soon as they become available, be sure to check back to find the latest DS lease deals, as you’ll be able to get a great package with GRIDSERVE.
Top DS models
The DS 3 is currently the only fully electric model available for car leasing. It combines elegant styling with impressive performance, including a range of around 232 miles, although some rivals are a little more practical.
Depending on specific requirements, certain rival models might offer more spacious interiors or enhanced cargo-carrying capabilities. However, the DS 3's focus on style and performance can still provide a satisfying driving experience for those who prioritise these aspects.
Similar brands to DS
If you’re thinking about leasing a DS, we’d also recommend checking out upmarket design-focused brands such as Lexus or Genesis, plus other top manufacturers offering similar models like Peugeot and Cupra.
By considering these brands alongside a DS lease deal, you broaden your scope and open up possibilities to find the perfect vehicle for your leasing needs. Each brand brings its own distinct style, features, and driving characteristics to the table, allowing you to compare and choose the one that best aligns with your preferences and requirements.
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The DS 3 E-Tense was the first all-electric vehicle from chic French brand DS, and was formerly known as the DS 3 Crossback. Now just the DS 3, it remains a compact SUV packed with stylish features and personalisation options that make it stand out from some of its better-known rivals – just look at the large front grille and the diamond-styling inside. It’s comfortable and loaded with technology and its avant-garde style will certainly turn heads and get people talking.
We've made leasing an electric car easier than ever
DS cars combine elegance, sophistication, and avant-garde styling elements, setting them apart from some more mainstream vehicles. DS cars feature bold lines, intricate details, and luxurious finishes, creating a premium and visually appealing aesthetic. Leasing a DS also means you can save money on your monthly payments, which are fixed for the duration of the contract. It also means you can change your car every few years, meaning you’ll always be driving a new vehicle.
Lease a DS car with GRIDSERVE and get three months of free electric car charging at our UK charging stations. It's easy - just scan the contactless card we provide and drive away in your fully charged vehicle. Plus, we plant 100 trees per lease, to give back that extra bit to the environment.
The Net Zero Lease option allows you to choose a lease agreement that aligns with your sustainability goals. With this option, you can drive a DS electric car with a minimal carbon footprint, contributing to a greener future.
With a Net Zero Lease, your monthly payments cover all your charging needs on the extensive GRIDSERVE Electric Highway network, including Electric Hubs, Super Hubs, and our renowned award-winning Electric Forecourts®. With hundreds of sites spread across the UK, you'll always have convenient access to a GRIDSERVE charger.
The term "Net Zero" reflects our commitment to offsetting the environmental impact of your charging. When you charge your vehicle with us, we replace every kWh of power you consume with net zero carbon energy that we've captured and stored at our solar farms. This ensures that any emissions associated with your charging are effectively neutralised, bringing your environmental impact to a positive balance.
By choosing our Net Zero Lease, you contribute to a sustainable future and play an active role in reducing carbon emissions.
The lease terms for DS electric vehicles offer flexibility and can be tailored to your needs. The specific terms may vary depending on factors such as the chosen model, personal preferences, and the agreement with GRIDSERVE. With us, DS lease terms range from 24 to 48 months, providing you with the option to select the duration that best fits your requirements.
The charging time for a DS electric vehicle can vary depending on the charging method and the specific model. On average, using a fast charger found on the GRIDSERVE charging network, you can expect to charge a DS electric vehicle to approximately 80% in around 30-40 minutes.
The range you get from your DS electric vehicle will be affected by everyday factors such as driving conditions, vehicle load, and driving style. The DS 3 E-Tense, for example, offers a range of around 232 miles on a full charge, but this could be higher if you drive smoothly, reduce the use of heating or air con, keep tyres inflated and look after the battery.