Citroën DS3 – CARmag.co.za

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Citroen DS3

Citroën DS3

Although Citroën its new DS3 as being #8220;anti-retro#8221;, the brand hopes some of the cachet of the DS rubs off on its important new style It will have to, because DS3 head-to-head with one of the icons-of-cool of the decade, the Mini Cooper.

positioning of the DS3 as not being a retro but historically inspired yet modern, is perfectly understandable, seeing as it the DS3 as being the opposite of retro, and also the Mini, which is an retro design. In a way, and cheeky advertising, Citroën is labelling the Mini Cooper as a bit #8220;old hat#8221;.

It is actually amazing that the success of the Cooper is only now starting to some other manufacturers the premium mini segment. all, the typical Mini is any car company#8217;s dream client willing to pay more for less, and willing to pay some more for all the accessories.

The DS3 enters the Mini#8217;s domain almost an opposite approach it offers more than the but for less, and yet with similar appeal and an even more personalisation programme.

With starting at just under 000 for the entry-level 88 kW DS3 Style, the Citroën only undercut the Cooper, but packs a very comprehensive features list. The top model at the #8211; until the fiery arrives before year-end, #8211; is the DS3 Sport, priced at 000. Ironically, the DS3 and Cooper/S petrol engines, both powered by either normally-aspirated or 1,6-litre powerplants.

Citroën add an automatic transmission later in the #8211; for the now the 88 kW model has a five-speed ‘box with a typically long-throw gearshift action, the 115 kW Sport model has a far snappier manual ‘box.

But perhaps the French car#8217;s advantage over its German/British is its space #8211; the boot is far capacious than the Mini#8217;s, and the rear bench can actually be by adults with legs.

is, however, more of an ambience in the retro cabin. The DS3#8242;s design borrows heavily the C3 #8211; not a bad thing, as it is modern, detailed and well-finished #8211; but it gains flair when you delving into the very personalisation programme.

You can have trim in any of seven colours, for and change the colour of gear and so forth, too.

The driving is definitely sportier than in the C3, of body-hugging seats with a range of adjustment (also in a variety of trim materials and and a comparatively high centre And the conical instrumentation is really Just the sound system#8217;s is difficult to make out under light.

On the road, the 88 kW 1,6 VTi model reminds much of the C3 in its dynamic behaviour, I don#8217;t personally view as car#8217;s best attribute. The could do with a little refinement #8211; but that the DS3 does ride better a Mini Cooper. The trade-off is, of that it#8217;s not quite as in the corners as its rival, especially the steering feel is inconsistent and more body roll.

for most buyers of the 1,6 VTi this not be the high priority, and most find it entirely acceptable.

Buyers of the 115 kW Sport model however, expect a sharper And for the most part this is they#8217;ll get. The extra is welcome, especially because so of it is on tap quite low-down, and the six-speed box accessing the extra power pleasurable too.

The ride and the steering feel are more as well. Citroën claims a km/h time of 7,3 seconds and a 214 top speed.

But in the end I suspect the DS3#8242;s ability is not that important in the scheme of things. On paper, it a number of advantages over the Cooper #8211; space, comfort, cheaper price etc but the big question is something entirely And in this segment I don#8217;t it even concerns the buying perceptions of the Citroën brand resale value, service and so

It comes down to desirability.

Do you the Citroën DS3#8242;s design enough? Will it impress the circles you move in? These are superficial things, but the truth is they rank high on the list for a Mini Cooper

Citroen DS3

The DS3 certainly tries hard those near vertical LED daytime running lights like fangs, giving the car overtaking presence. I like it more in profile, with the shark-fin B-pillar design it an air of dynamism. And, of course, in some of the bright colours on with some very alloy wheel designs and roof #8220;tattoos#8221;, the DS3 can be tailored to heart#8217;s desire.

But does it Let me put it this way#8230; During our drive, the DS3 attracted a lot of attention, and not from other Citroën either. From well-to-do in Range Rovers to young with spiky hair in GTIs, they all ogled the from France in unashamed often giving the universal for approval, the thumbs-up.

This is a good sign for Frederic Chapuis, Citroën Africa#8217;s boss, says sells around 150 units a locally, and that he would be to move 50 DS3s a month. I he#8217;s being very

PRICING:

DS3 1,6 VTi Style R199 000

DS3 1,6 THP R255 000

Techno and Design packs are offered on 1,6 VTi model

include a 3 years/100 000 km warranty and 4 000 km service plan.

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