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The new Citroen DS3 is an upgraded form of Citroen C3 with a lot of power, style and comfort. Our review is based on analysis of various DS3 car reviews published online and data available on official Citroen website. It has stylish looks and compact size that’s why much comparison made with MINI and Fiat 500. In comparison to Fiat 500 and MINI, the DS3 is modern and stylish. However, it is similar in good overall performance. It is a good car with excellent handling and responsive steering, while offering comfortable ride. It gives an impression of a sport super-mini with a premium feel that other Citroen cars cannot offer.

It is one of the best cars in Citroen line-up. It is a perfect alternative to MINI and Fiat 500 with a lot of style that you will never forget. There is a good choice of engines with good power, classy cabin and standard equipments. Like other super-minis, rear space isn’t impressive. The resale values are not too bad. There is so much to discuss about Citroen DS3, but most of the car reviewers isn’t happy with ride and handling.

Citroen DS3 Price

DS 3 Trims Price
1.4 VTi 95 DSign £12,600
1.6 HDi 90 DStyle £14,400
1.6 VTi 120 DStyle £14,600
1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream DStyle £14,800
1.6e-HDi 90 A’dream DStyle 95g £14,800
1.6 VTi 120 DStyle Plus £15,320
1.6e-HDi 90 A’dream DStylePlus £15,520
1.6 HDi 110 DSport £16,800
1.6 THP 155 DSport £16,800
1.6 HDi 110 DSport Plus £17,895
1.6 THP 155 DSport Plus £17,895
1.6 THP 155 Ultra Prestige £20,700
1.6 HDi 110 Ultra Prestige £20,900

Power & Performance

Citroen DS3 comes with a good line-up of engines that you can choose according to your requirement. There are three petrol engines available that were designed with BMW. The entry level 1.4 litre VTi engine with 95bhp is the same that is used in MINI one. It accelerates well with 0-62 in 10.6 seconds and a fuel economy of 49mpg. The most popular DS3 engine is the 1.6 litre VTi with 120 bhp that goes 0-62mph just in 8.6 seconds. It is the only engine that is available with four-speed automatic transmission. The most powerful is the turbocharged 1.6 litre THP with 150bhp. It will take you to 0-62mph just in 7.3 seconds. It accelerates quickly, and you can overtake easily on the motorway. Good thing is that it has six-speed manual gearbox having a sporty shift.

You can choose between two diesel options comes with 1.6 litre HDi with 90bho or 110bhp. The best choice is the 90bhp because it has an unbelievable fuel economy of 71mpg and low carbon emissions of 99g/km of CO2. If you are not satisfied with 90bhp, the 110bhp is little faster and has a good fuel economy of 64mpg.

DS3 gives you a sporty look and handling. It is a good car to handle and drive. It offers decent grip and responsive steering on corners. DS3 offers a good steering feel on twisty roads and fast turns. It is a perfect town car that provides pleasant handling and driving. It is definitely built to provide comfortable ride thanks to its firmer suspension. However, it lacks some of the driving dynamics as compared to other vehicles in the class.

Interior & Exterior

You can choose between three trim levels DSign, DStyle, DSport. All the trims are well equipped with standard equipments such as the electric door mirrors, electric windows, a CD stereo with the steering wheel mounted controls, auxiliary socket for MP3 player and iPod. The DSport trim is loaded with everything and gives you a sporty feel with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoilers, double chrome exhaust and carbon fibre effect dashboard. You can also choose different themes for interior styles likes Vibe, Urban Tribe.

DS3 has no five door model available so the rear space is not good. It is hard to get inside the back of the car. There is plenty of headroom, but no knee space for taller passengers. However, all the seats are comfortable, specifically driver and passenger seats. There is very low road noise even at higher speeds thanks to Citroen sound suppression improvement. DS3 has a good boot space of 285 litres bigger than MINI and Volkswagen Polo. You can easily load and lift out items from the boot. You can also fold-down rear seats to get extra space.

Safety & Reliability

Citroen DS3 is the safest car to drive scoring five out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. It is also loaded with safety equipments like stability control, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, and six airbags.

Citroen is working hard to improve the overall reliability of all the vehicles. It is expected that DS3 would be the more reliable car. You are also covered with three years or 60,000 miles warranty.

eBest Cars Verdict

It is an average car with decent overall performance. The 1.6 HDi engine is our choice because it offers tax-free driving and amazing fuel economy. Starting cost isn’t the cheapest in the class, but it is definitely cheaper than highly priced brands. It is a decent car for three-door buyers for driving inside the town. It might not have good resale value as MINI, but it is a good alternative to MINI.

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