Citroen DS3 hits South Africa « The Wheel Deal

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Citroen DS3

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Posted: April 27th, | By Thomas Falkiner

Last The Wheel Deal was invited to the funky new Citroën DS3 for the first on South African turf. A looker with brisk and a fistful of French personality to it could very well be the real fashion-conscious alternative to very successful MINI.

How could Citroën ever MINI a run for their money? all, a lot of their newer have been exceptionally to look at.

Don’t bet on it! I’ll that the previous generation C3 and the C5 are nothing to write home but this brand new DS3 is actually a stunner. You see while many of the current breed of trend-setting have looked back the past for their styling this sassy new Citroën has shaped by a design language speaks of the future.

What means is that you get a car shaped by of aggressive lines and bold a car that confidently stands out what is otherwise already in an oversubscribed marketplace. To give you an Citroën’s designers have it out with eye-catching exterior like a special “floating a shark-finned B-pillar and even a of distinctive LED daytime running.

Throw in a range of contrasting and body colours and you get a lifestyle that should really the switches of those turned on by fashion and design trends. not for retro-aficionados!

Okay, so it may have the cohunes to compete with the Cooper but is their enough under the bonnet to keep us drivers happy?

In a word, At the moment there are two engine available in the new DS3 range and both are of delivering the goods. Under the of the entry-level DS3 Style model find a surprisingly zesty 1.6 petrol engine that 88kW at 6000rpm and 160Nm at The same lump that does duty in the normally MINI Cooper, it’ll the DS3 Style to 100km/h in a claimed and onwards to a maximum speed of

Of course this powerplant need a fair bit of revving to these figures but being and eager, it’s by no means and definitely adds to the overall experience.

Those looking for bite can opt for the DS3 Sport that a detuned (116kW@6000rpm/240Nm@1400rpm) version of the that makes the MINI S such a stellar little Benefiting from a turbocharger, the in kilowatts is immediately noticeable and the range-topping DS3 some rather on-paper credentials. With foot flat you can expect to the 100km/h mark in 7.3-seconds and top out a license-revoking 214km/h.

Suffice to say, after both models, this is the one I’d you shell your hard-earned on; especially if you live up on power-sapping altitudes. Linked to a disappointingly five- or six-speed gearbox, models return reasonable economy levels; the DS3 Style a claimed 5.9l/100km on the combined and the DS3 Sport 6.7l/100km. CO2 emissions in at 136g/km and 156g/km respectively.

good to me. What’s the new Citroën DS3 to drive then?

So far the DS3 has faired against its famed German but unfortunately this is an arena in it falls somewhat behind. Now I’m not that this Citroën is quite the contrary, but it certainly have the MINI’s go-kart-like Instead it kind of feels a better sprung version of the MiTo; a car that places ride comfort slightly of out-and-out sportiness.

However, in a city like Johannesburg, is a not a bad thing as the DS3 tends to soak-up undulations far better than the MINI Cooper.

In terms of response, there’s not a great of feedback to be had from the DS3’s geared electronic-assistance setup but certainly both quick and enough to satisfy the average in bouts of more aggressive showmanship. However having this I just can’t but think that Citroën have fitted one of those “Sport” buttons to help the steering more weight in of need.

 Regardless, the little DS3 benefits a competent chassis that it feel nimble and responsive in a of different driving conditions. capable of handling more it’s a sure sign the more radical limited-edition DS3 version should be a properly hot-hatch.

What about the of the Citroën DS3; does it to do its striking exterior any justice?

It indeed. For even though I too impressed with some of the employed in its construction – that compartment molding seems a low rent for my liking – the cabin of the DS3 is as crisp and contemporary as its striking shell. Sitting low in the driver’s the space feels very like and thanks to a comprehensive set of adjustments, it’s both and easy to get comfortable behind chunky, leather-wrapped steering

As in most French cars, the seat ergonomics are superb and plenty of lateral support for you decide to test the limits of through your favourite set of

Equipment levels are generous in model variants as both from air-conditioning, a radio-CD system with an auxiliary-in and a comprehensive trip computer. In with the rest of the car, are some really nice touches including a rather instrument cluster that, of three interconnecting dials, up with a cool red, and blue iridescence.

Some might find this a bit a bit over-the-top, but I think it suits the of the DS3 down to a tee. Passive levels are high with the Style and the Sport models six airbags, three-point seat and Isofix anchor points in the side seats as standard.

I rivals like the Fiat 500 and Cooper can be customised with a of accessories; are there any available to up my DS3?

Absolutely. Citroën understands the value of personalization and is customers a number of ways to make the DS3 a virtual “extension” of personalities. Starting on the inside you can your dashboard fascia, console and door trim. And if not enough, a selection of different gear knobs and foot are also available.

On the outside you can to coat your DS3 in no less nine shades of paint; of which can be tastefully offset by a roof colour, namely black, Opale white, blue or Carmen rouge. In the exterior rear-view mirror can be specced in either a coloured or finish; a nice touch if into this sort of

Citroën also offers two accessory packs that can be on – at an additional cost of course – to the DS3 Style model. First up is the pack that throws in like rear parking fully automatic climate and a Bluetooth integration system allows hands-free calling on mobile phone. A USB port is thrown in so you can play MP3 files on your trusty flash

However those more on juicing up the aesthetic side of would probably plumb for the pack; a stylistic merging of Bellone alloy wheels in black, white or silver Sport Akinen/Mistral Alcantara or leather seat upholstery. this all off is a unique set drilled pedals for that proper car look and feel. Both packs come standard on the DS3 Sport, which is very from an overall value

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Great, well I’m actually on the for a small, stylish hatchback; you recommend putting a Citroën DS3 in my

I’d certainly recommend that you the new DS3 and take one for a test drive if considering purchasing a car in this segment. I myself was very with the way the Citroën drove and both its interior and exterior to be fresh, bold and original.

looking for a more involving would be better off shelling out for the expensive MINI Cooper or S, but for a style-conscious everyday driver who something expressive and indeed to take them from A to B, the DS3 to tick all the right boxes. just like the Alfa the Citroën brand suffers a negative aftermarket service here in South Africa; which will no doubt the final purchasing decisions of potential customers. Although said this, Citroën SA to be making a concerted effort in their aftersales service and is making plans on expanding dealer network around the

Citroën DS3 Fast Facts:

1598cc four-cylinder petrol

88kW at 6000rpm

Torque: at 4200rpm

0-100km/h: 8.9-seconds

Top Speed: 190km/h (claimed)

Consumption: 5.9l/100km (claimed

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