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Citroen DS3

Citroen DS3 Review

Pros: value; fun handling and rides good performance; well distinctive, non-retro styling

The DS3 was the first of the French brand’s new of premium cars paying to the famously innovative ‘Diesse’ from 1955 to 1975.

But no longer much of a ‘premium’ tag attached to this city

After launching in 2010 starting prices of $32,990 and for the two trim levels, DStyle and successive price cuts in see the entry model Citroen DS3 available for just $24,990 and the version just $27,990, driveaway.

That’s a saving of than $10,000 on each – news for budding buyers but bad for resale values of those previously.

Some might call it a Machiavellian move from Citroen importer Ateco which is expected to pass the to the company responsible for its sister Peugeot.

The price change – is unlikely to remain in place too far 2013 – makes the Citroen DS3 an greater bargain compared BMW’s little cash the Mini hatchback.

Our test is of the variant that actually its 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo with the Mini Cooper S – with slightly lower of 115kW and 240Nm.

With a claim of 7.3 seconds it’s not as as its rival, and it doesn’t feel as

This is still a delightful though – responsive from and providing a strong, linear from a couple of thousand

There’s only a six-speed available – the DStyle comes auto mated to smaller, engine – but it’s a good avoiding the sloppiness that has many Peugeot-Citroen models in years.

The drivetrain encourages you to fun in the Citroen DS3, but if you stay on the side then you’re likely to match the official consumption of 6.7 litres per 100km.

onto winding roads and the DS3 to be the best-handling Citroen for eons. The is accurate and linear, if no match for the of the Mini’s tiller, and there’s a balance to the way the DS3’s chassis itself up for each change of

Head back into the and the suspension can be a touch noisy – some tyre roar into the mix #8211; and isn’t able to make a fuss-free across big potholes, but the DS3’s is generally comfortable and absorbent.

The front seats are relaxing for general driving and offer support for more enthusiastic

The Citroen DS3 has more distinctive than the C3 on which it’s with the notable shark fin that rises out of the rear in a Jaws-like fashion.

Blacked-out and door pillars also the ‘floating roof’ effect may be a blatant rip-off of the Mini but is effective.

The roof, too, is in contrasting colours, with decals, while the main can be subtle or loud with a of conservative colours (such as or bright hues (such as (Same with the interior, it’s possible to match colour to body colour.)

Yet without the baggage of a famous the DS3 is also free to be refreshingly

Fancy-looking Y-spoke 17-inch help to fill the wheel-arches, and the grille is flanked by standard LED running lights and foglights.

not as great a differentiation between the DS3 and C3 alas, with similar design. So the perception of quality, as as fit and finish, could be higher for is positioned as the more premium though soft-touch materials are for main connection points occupants and car.

The Citroen DS3 offers more practicality a Mini.

Citroen DS3

There’s more boot and adults will find a semblance of legroom in the back (although it#8217;s still on the side).

Good luck a cupholder, though.

Leather Bluetooth connectivity and upgraded are among the few options available, don’t include rain-sensing dual-zone climate or electrically front seats.

The spec isn’t spartan, though, stability control, six airbags, seats, leather-wrapped steering and trip computer also in the line-up.

Also, metallic and rear parking sensors added as standard as part of the recent price tweak.

We yet to test the DStyle and its new drivetrain, but still decently equipped leather steering wheel, seats, foglights, power and mirrors, cruise control its features.

The Citroen DS3, then, smashes the for value, at least for now.

aim to avoid using the clichéd that rhymes with but this is another Citroen goes a different way to the mainstream in of design.

Yet despite its quir… slightly left-field nature, the DS3 is a car that should have appeal – to both buyers for a city car with urban and keen drivers looking for an hatch with solid and style.

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Citroen DS3 $24,990 driveaway

Citroen DS3 $27,990 driveaway 

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