The performance is very good and the DS3’s delivery of power is one of its biggest strengths, all because of potent and free- revving petrol engines and economical diesel usage. You can select from a 94 bhp 1.4 litre, a 11 bhp 1.6 litre (comes with an automatic gearbox) and the turbocharged 154 bhp THP model. You can also choose two 1.6 litres turbodiesel in either 91- or 110 bhp form.
DS3 is footed on C3 Supermini but it turns into bends quicker and does not move up and down whenever you touch the brakes. You can go with the THP model and DS3 has a decent body control through corners. But the models which are cheaper comparatively are slower and can feel nervous on the motorway. No matter which version you choose, the drive is very hoping and steering not very good.
The THP engine is not noisy and is smooth whereas the low powered 1.6 releases a constant buzz throughout because it has a short top gear. The clutch action is a bit clumsy and road noise can be a problem for a car with 17- inch wheels. All the versions of DS3 keeps wind noise down to a good and acceptable level.
The DS3 is pretty much expensive but it comes with some really good discounts to avail. Its desirability is mirrored in its used value, which will be powerful than that of Citroen superminis of old. All the models are economical but opt for lower powered diesel and you will be able to get an average of 70 mpg.
This is the arena where DS3 has made the biggest improvement over the past few years. It comes with an imaginatively designed stylish dashboard with colour coded panels and chrome rimmed dials, providing DS3’s cabin a superb flamboyance. The plush trim and slick switch gear further enhance the premium feel. DS3 has also performed very well in recent reliability surveys.
It comes with a 4 star safety and security and its traction control, complete electronic stability control and 6 airbags are standard, hence its not a surprise that the Citroen scored five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. All the security equipment is competitive as compared to its peers, drifting thieves elsewhere.
You can sit a long way back from windscreen, giving you a feel of driving a small MPV. The pedals are also offset, making the driving position somewhat uncomfortable. But the dashboard is user friendly. The controls mounted on steering columns for the cruise and stereo control may let the side down as they are hidden behind the wheel.