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What is it?
The Citroen DS3 is a three-door supermini available as a hatchback or a convertible. The D3, along with the Mini, was one of the first to popularise the customisation of new cars. The DS3 was first launched in 2010 and had a mid-life make-over in 2014.
What is the Citroen DS3 like to drive?
Citroen’s ability to offer such a wide range of customisable options on the DS3 makes it a fun car to own. The interior’s well designed and of good quality. The higher powered DSport model is also a hoot to drive. The Cabrio version offers a powered retractable fabric roof that slides the length of the roof and rear window.
What engines are available?
Five engines are available; two 1.6-litre diesels at 100hp and 120hp, and three petrols. The petrols offered are a 1.2 in either 82hp or 110hp form plus a 156hp 1.6 turbo unit. The 110hp engine is the only one available with an automatic gearbox.
What are the key standard features of the Citroen DS3?
All the trim levels are well equipped at their price points and all incorporate the DS name. Kicking off the line-up is:
What are the key options?
There are a huge number of options and combinations of options for the DS3. As well as specifying the main body colour, buyers can change the roof colour – including patterned options, alloy colour and design and door mirror colour. The interior is similarly open to changes in texture, material and colour. Citroen also offers some packs of options such as the Comfort Pack which adds climate control, auto lights and wipers, power folding mirrors and front arm rest. Drivers can also select Active City Brake to improve safety.
How spacious is the Citroen DS3?
There’s plenty of room up front for the driver and passenger and room in the back of the three-door only hatchback for kids. There’s also good storage space for smaller items in the front of the cabin. The boot is well above average in this class at 285 litres, it also comes with D-rings to attach a luggage net if required. If you need more space, the rear seats will split-fold.
What will it cost to run?
Those looking for the lowest running costs should seek out either the 100hp diesel (for higher mileage drivers) which has a CO2 figure of 87g/km and sits in the 16% benefit in kind tax band, or (for lower mileage drivers) the 110hp petrol that sits in the 15% BIK band with a 104g/km CO2 figure. The 100hp diesel is capable of 83.1mpg while the 110hp petrol comes in at 62.8mpg.
What safety features does it have?
The DS3 fares well for safety equipment with six airbags as standard plus electronic stability control, five three-point seatbelts and two Isofix points. The DS3 also enjoys a five-star EuroNCAP rating and does particularly well for occupant protection and safety assistance.
The DS3 competes most directly with the regular Mini and Fiat 500, but also the wider range of superminis including the Alfa Romeo Mito, Audi A1, Citroen’s five-door only C3, Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, Mazda2, Mitsubishi Colt, Nissan Note, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza, Skoda Fabia, Smart ForFour, Suzuki Swift, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo.