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DS 3 Review


  • Sporty drive
  • Near limitless personalisation options
  • Stylish looks


Arval’s pick of the range:

DS 3 PureTech 110 S&S manual Connected Chic


DS 3 - Overview

The DS 3 is the car that re-launched the DS brand and marked its mild separation from Citroen in 2010. The supermini is available as a three-door hatchback or convertible. Everything about the DS 3 is geared to personalization, which means there are thousands of colour and trim options to pick from. The current version of the DS 3 was launched in early 2016.



What is the DS 3 like to drive?

The DS 3 shares much of its underpinnings with sister car the Citroen C3, however, the two are very different in the way they drive. Where the C3 offers total comfort in the driving experience, the DS 3 has a much sportier character.

As well as minimal bodyroll in the corners, the driving experience is marked out by fabulous steering. Turn into a corner and the car responds quickly and offers brilliant feedback to the driver. All the engines feel nippy and the range-topping 165hp petrol offers proper hot-hatch performance and really compliments the DS 3’s character.

Engine and road noise refinement is great in all types of driving with the quickest version’s exhaust offering a more sporty, but not overly intrusive, note.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • PureTech 1.2 82hp, 107-112g/km CO2 (22-23% BIK), 57.6-61.4mpg
  • PureTech 1.2 110hp, 100-105g/km CO2 (21-22% BIK), 61.4-65.7mpg
  • PureTech 1.2 130hp, 105g/km CO2 (22% BIK), 62.8mpg
  • THP 1.6 165hp, 129g/km CO2 (26% BIK), 50.4mpg

Diesel engines:

  • BlueHDI 1.6 100hp, 87-92g/km CO2 (22% BIK), 80.7-83.1mpg
  • BlueHDI 1.6 120hp, 94g/km CO2 (22% BIK), 78.5mpg


  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.


DS 3 trim levels explained

With DS pushing customers to personalise their cars as much as possible, the DS 3 specification line-up is somewhat of a guide and is also littered with several special editions. However, the standard trim levels are Chic, Connected Chic, Performance Line, Prestige and Performance.


  • 16” alloys
  • Powered door mirrors
  • Aircon
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • 7” touchscreen
  • Aux socket
  • DAB radio
  • Bluetooth
  • USB socket


Connected Chic (in addition to Chic)

  • 17” alloys
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic aircon
  • Apple Carplay & Mirror Link
  • Sat nav


Performance Line (in addition to Connected Chic)

  • Rear spoiler
  • Upgraded carpets
  • Contrasting roof colour
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel


Prestige (in addition to Performance Line)

  • Xenon headlights
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Active City Brake
  • Powered folding heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Auto headlights & wipers
  • Twin chrome exhaust tips
  • Upgraded stereo


Performance (in addition to Connected Chic)

  • 18” alloys
  • Limited slip differential
  • Sports suspension
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Wheel arch extensions
  • Powered folding heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Auto headlights & wipers
  • Contrasting roof colour
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Performance body kit


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How to spec the DS 3

While there are a host of limited edition models always on offer from DS, we’d have to opt for the Connected Chic version powered by the 110hp petrol engine and then personalise the car using the myriad of colour and styling options that are available.

The 1.2-litre 110hp engine offers peppy performance while also returning very attractive fuel figures and the CO2 output, and therefore benefit-in-kind taxation, is the lowest in the DS 3 line-up when you pick the manual gearbox – which we would recommend.

The Connected Chic trim level offers all of the major ‘want’ items from any car shopper’s list such as alloy wheels, aircon, sat nav, Apple Carplay, Bluetooth connectivity and a host of other goodies too. Beyond that, pick a bold colour and the car will not only drive well but also look great.

DS 3 Interior – what’s it like?

You don’t buy a DS 3 for practicality, that’s what sister car the Citroen C3 is for. However, while the DS 3 may be only available as a three-door, there’s still enough room in the rear seats for kids and the big doors mean access to the rear isn’t bad at all.

Indeed, the boot has a good amount of room too at 285 litres, especially when compared with direct three-door alternatives, such as the MINI (211 litres) and the Alfa Romeo Mito (270 litres).

Where the DS 3 particularly excels on the interior is the styling and layout of the dashboard and steering wheel. Simple touches such as round dial-look controls, coloured inserts and a flat-bottomed steering wheel really give the interior of the DS 3 a great look.


DS 3 Alternatives

Alternative models include the Alfa Romeo Mito, Audi A1, Suzuki Swift, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208, MINI, SEAT Ibiza, Fiat 500, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo.



The DS 3 is often overlooked in the packed supermini sector. This is a shame as it’s one of our favourite three-door sporty hatchbacks thanks to a great design both inside and out with a driving experience to match.

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