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DS 3: Driving / Driving modes

DS 3 2016-2023 Owners Manual

The number and type of driving modes available depend on the vehicle’s engine and equipment. Driving modes are selected using the following control:

DS 3. Driving modes

Pressing the control displays the modes on the instrument panel and, depending on version, on the screen with DS CONNECT NAV.

With an electric motor, you cannot select a mode if the READY lamp is off.

The selected mode is activated immediately.

With petrol / Diesel engines

Whenever the ignition is switched on, Normal driving mode is selected by default.


To restore the default settings.


To reduce fuel consumption by optimising the operation of the heating and air conditioning and, depending on version, accelerator, automatic gearbox, gear shift indicator.

Free-wheeling in Eco mode: depending on version, with the EAT8 gearbox, switching into "freewheeling" is encouraged to slow the vehicle down without using engine braking. You can save fuel by taking your foot completely off the accelerator pedal in anticipation of slowing down.

To further reduce the electrical energy consumption of the traction battery by limiting the engine torque.


To obtain more dynamic driving with action on the power steering, DS ACTIVE SUSPENSION CONTROL, accelerator and gear changes (with an automatic gearbox) and the possibility of displaying the vehicle’s dynamic settings on the instrument panel.


Permanent Manual mode with an automatic gearbox and DS PARK PILOT.

To change gears manually using the control paddles on the steering wheel.

With electric motor

Each time the ignition is switched on, Normal mode is selected by default.


This optimises the driving range and dynamic performance.

To obtain maximum torque and power, depress the accelerator pedal fully.


Optimises energy consumption, by reducing the output of the heating and air conditioning (without actually deactivating them) and limiting both motor torque and power.


Enables more dynamic driving, acting on the power steering, accelerator and gear changes with an automatic gearbox and the possibility of displaying the vehicle’s dynamic settings on the instrument panel.

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