On the road: Citroën DS3 Cabrio Sport THP 155 6-speed manual | Technology | The Guardian

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On the road: Citroën DS3 Cabrio Sport THP 155 6-speed manual

Citroën DS3 Cabrio Sport: ‘Its sexiness comes from the way it behaves.’ Photographs: Simon Stuart-Miller for the Guardian

I don’t really get it when people – usually only sad car blokes, to be fair – say some cars are sexy. People are sexy (well, one or two of them are). Cars are cars – too hard, too cold to be sexy.

This one, though… Well, I may have to reconsider (or accept that I’m now officially a sad car bloke).

It’s not about the way it looks. Apart from its blue soft top, it looks pretty much the same as a regular DS3: striking, certainly, with a nod to the days when Citroën was synonymous with innovative design. I’ve always liked the DS3 – it’s fun to look at, it’s fun to drive – but never has it given me the actual horn. The possible sexiness of this new Cabrio comes from the way it behaves.

Specifically, in the way it takes off its top.

Convertible tops have come off in various ways over the years. It used to require a lot of manual unhooking and fumbling, and by the time you had done it, the moment had generally passed (meaning the sun had gone again and it was raining). Then they started to do it themselves, but you still had to stop them and it was still an inelegant, ungainly, frankly embarrassing procedure.

Fold-away hard tops – such as on the Mercedes SLK and the Volkswagen Eos – brought a new wow factor, but it was still cold, hard, mechanical.

This one, though… It unhitches itself, then slowly, teasingly inches itself back, folding itself away as it goes, revealing a little bit more, then a little bit more. It’s automotive burlesque (which, of course, is just a posh word for stripping). There’s even a pause, for drama, when it’s nearly but not quite totally topless, and a final flourish, as the last bit goes.

And there it is: the sky. You can even do it on the move.

Phwoar. Impressive enough almost to make up for the fact that it isn’t really a proper convertible. Well, it’s got sides. With the roof in, its almost-all-the-way-gone position, it’s like having a big sunroof.

It’s nice, but it’s not wind-in-the-hair, romantic, open-top motoring (and it’s an expensive sunroof, too).

Go the full way, with the back window folded away, and it’s a bit more like the real deal, but then there’s no rear view, apart from through the wing mirrors. Oh, who cares what’s back there, that’s all the past anyway.

There’s not much space in the boot, and the letter box-like opening makes it hard to reach that space. I couldn’t get our buggy in there.

Citroen DS3

Oh, that doesn’t matter, either. This isn’t a family car, it’s a car to have before you have babies. It’s a car that might even get you in the mood for making one.

Citroën DS3 Cabrio Sport THP 155 6-speed manual

Price £19,680

Top speed 132mph

Acceleration 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds

Combined fuel consumption 47.9mpg

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