Long-term review: Citroen DS3 DSport THP 155 6-Speed – The Scotsman

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Long-term review: Citroen DS3 THP 155 6-Speed

#8217;VE been the stock of some sections of the UK press for some time The hair, the clothes, the accent, the rambling intros to my car reviews all have played their But the real fuel to the fire has my answer to the inevitable car-types-mingling-at-the-drinks-reception #8220;So, what are you driving days?#8221;

or the last year, my has been “a 12-year-old Suzuki and, before I can begin to any sort of justification, the questioner has wandered off under the impression he has been talking to a bartender or has before continuing to tell who will listen about his Plus 4 restoration.

I never get the chance to tell that the wee Ignis only £900, is a zippy little at the traffic lights, is about the of a pencil sharpener so is easy to in town, has bags of character and – importantly of all – is bright yellow, my girlfriend insists is a mandatory of any car she drives. Sadly, the other an elderly gentleman not fully with his own faculties reversed our much-loved Ignis, putting a dent in the front bumper, rendering the whole car a write-off.

The for a new dinky little city with bags of character, zip and was just beginning when the Citroen DS3, arrived at Towers for a three-month stay. got bags of character, zip and has a yellowness of ten.

Long-term road tests a more in-depth study of a behaviour and personality. It’s a long-term relationship rather a dinner date. Cute idiosyncrasies can bloom into maddening annoyances over months, while apparent and instant turn-offs can be forgiven
or loved.

Over the next months, we’ll be seeing how the DS3 in the city on the rat-run to the
office, on the road, on trips to
Lidl and and all sorts of other
day-to-day drudgery.

Launched in 2010, the DS3 was 
Citroen’s into the stylish supermini occupied by the likes of the Mini, A1, Fiat 500 and this week’s star, the Alfa Romeo

The DS3 we’ve been sent is the THP 155 Six-speed manual. Basic is £18,570 but with our bright metalic paint (£495) and eMyWay satnav and hifi (£800) lumped in, it comes in at

That rather pricey paint job is complemented by a bright roof and some striking white alloy wheels, the and brashy look further by a playful smear of shiny along the side and running studded into the front like so much Swarovski. is not a car for use in an incognito stake-out.

Our engine is a 1.6-litre petrol which generates 155bhp and of torque. All that will get you 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds and if you wanted to your licence, all the way up to 133mph. reckons 34.4mpg can be squeezed out of the which isn’t much than a clapped-out 12-year-old Ignis.

In fact, on paper, worse. We’ll be keeping an eye on the tank over the next months and report back on the impact on the pocket.

So far, our DS3 has mainly been for the morning commute in Edinburgh and has spent most of its time in long queues of stationary with the engine running – no here, which seems a remiss in a modern city car – and time has been well reflecting on the DS3’s stylish

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In the coming months, we’ll go more detail about the stuff, but one striking thing it take three months to is that there doesn’t to be a purpose-made cup holder inside – a omission. Other than the interior seems well out, the satnav and stereo are to use and, while some may the built-in air freshener, I had to dig out the owner’s to figure out how to turn it off. should smell of chips and not lilacs.

Spurious they may be, but those are our impressions. Over the next few we’ll be putting the DS3 through its to see if it’s worth buying one of or 20 12-year-old Suzuki Ignises. tuned.

ENGINE 4cyls, petrol

PERFORMANCE Max speed 0-62mph 9.3s



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