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DS 3: Driving recommendations / Towing

DS 3 2016-2022 Owners Manual

DS 3. Towing Driving with a trailer places greater demands on the towing vehicle and particular care must be taken.

DS 3. Towing Do not exceed the maximum towable weights.

At altitude: reduce the maximum load by 10% per 1,000 metres of altitude; the lower air density at high altitudes decreases engine performance.

DS 3. Towing New vehicle: do not tow a trailer until the vehicle has driven at least 620 miles (1,000 kilometres).

DS 3. Towing If the outside temperature is high, let the engine idle for 1 to 2 minutes after the vehicle comes to a stop, to help it to cool.

Before setting off

Nose weight

  • Distribute the load in the trailer so that the heaviest items are as close as possible to the axle and the nose weight (at the point where it joins your vehicle) approaches the maximum permitted without exceeding it.


  • Check the tyre pressures of the towing vehicle and of the trailer, observing the recommended pressures.


  • Check the electrical signalling on the trailer and the headlamp beam height of your vehicle.

DS 3. Towing If a genuine towing device is used, the rear parking sensors will be deactivated automatically to avoid the audible signal.

When driving


Towing a trailer uphill causes the coolant temperature to increase. The maximum towable load depends on the gradient and the exterior temperature. The fan’s cooling capacity does not increase with engine speed.

  • Reduce speed and lower the engine speed to limit the amount of heating produced.
  • Pay constant attention to the coolant temperature.

DS 3. Towing If this warning lamp and the STOP warning lamp come on, stop the vehicle and switch off the engine as soon as possible.


Using the engine brake is recommended to limit the overheating of the brakes. Braking distances are increased when towing a trailer.

Side wind

Bear in mind that the vehicle will be more susceptible to wind when towing.

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