Car of the Month ? Citroën?s DS3

Car of the Month ? Citroën?s DS3

The French have long been known for creating cars with soulful, eye-catching and individual styling, offering extrovert alternatives to the perhaps more conservative options from German, British and Japanese manufacturers. In the small car arena, one French car which has certainly made a big impact is the DS3 from Citroën. Its friendly face, low-slung, sporty stance and interesting design features have attracted buyers of all ages, and the DS3 being pitched as a customisable car means owners take great pride in theirs.

The car

Available as a 3-door hatchback or a 3-door cabriolet with a nifty folding roof, the DS3 may have two doors less than its MINI and Audi A1 rivals, but makes up for it with a comfortable, stylish and practical interior. Another trump card up the DS3’s sleeve is boot space, which is class-leading at 285 litres. The slightly raised driving position is also an attractive feature which, along with the sporty suspension and overall feel, makes the DS3 a very pleasant car to drive and have fun in.

The DS3 is a safe car, too, having been awarded 5 safety stars by NCAP. Talking of awards, it was voted 2010 Car of the Year by Top Gear Magazine earlier in its life, and subsequently topped the influential JD Power Satisfaction Survey in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Special editions

Various special editions of the Citroën DS3 have been released, from the powerful and distinctive DS3 Racing with its black and orange colour scheme, bodykit and 200bhp engine, to the latest specials designed in conjunction with Benefit Cosmetics and ASOS – the DS3 DSign and DStyle. Inspired by lipstick, the DSign boasts a ruby red and white look, while the DStyle, influenced by mascara, looks great in metallic grey with an orange roof. Limited runs of the DS3 Orla Kiely Collection and DS3 Pink were also released.

A wide range of petrol and diesel engines are offered across the DS3 range, from the extremely economical e-HDi Airdream 90 diesel engine, to a 1.6-litre THP petrol unit producing 165bhp. Two 3-cylinder petrol engines are also available, the PureTech 82 which on paper does over 61mpg and emits an impressively low 104g of CO2 per kilometre, and the PureTech 110. A 4-cylinder petrol engine in the form of the VTi 120 Automatic is also offered. The other diesel engine in the model range, the BlueHDi 120, emits just 94g of CO2/km and claims to return an amazing 78mpg.

 

Here at CarShop, our various locations stock a good selection of used Citroën DS3 models. Prices start at a mere £8,453 for this 1.6 VTi 16V DStyle from 2011, in a lovely black colour and with only 18,000 miles on the clock. Take your pick from our great range of 1.6 E-HDi 110 AirDream DSport DS3s, such as this attractive blue example from 2012, again with a fantastic low mileage of 18,000. Our experienced and friendly car consultants will be more than happy to help you find the right DS3 for you. If you have any DS3 questions for us, get in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

  • On: 11 December 2014
  • By: CarShop

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