Most cabriolets have quite a significant weight penalty over the equivalent hatch model, but in the DS3 Cabrio it is modest at only 25 kg of extra load.
Roofless motoring is a British passion, and summer encourages cars like this Citroen DS3 Cabrio to collect envious stares on the road from other drivers hermetically sealed inside their saloons and hatchbacks. Based on the French manufacturer’s popular DS3 hatch model, this cabriolet version has a multi-layer fabric hood that is electrically-operated and opens up the entire top of the car. You can also set it mid-way to create a sunroof effect at the front.
With its roof shut, the Cabrio looks very similar to other DS3s, apart from having fabric instead of steel on top. A switch above the rear view mirror lets you motor the roof back in a two-stage operation, either leaving the back panel and glass rear screen in place, or pivoting that out of sight beneath the fully-folded hood, leaving nothing but sky overhead and a short way down the back.
The DS3 Cabrio taps into a growing trend for fashionable cars that can be personalised to suit the buyer’s individual taste, so you can choose between 30 different colour combinations and lots of customising options to create a car that is very personal to you in style and preference. The roof can be specified in any of four colours and a choice of 10 graphic designs; there are nine body colours, and a range of other variable details. You can personalise the car’s bodywork, roof, wheels, upholstery, dashboard, and even choose your own gear-knob.
The DS3 Cabrio is available with a choice of three petrol engines and one diesel. The petrol units are three-cylinder 1.2 litre (82 bhp), four-cylinder 1.6 (120 bhp) and 1.6 (155 bhp). The diesel is a four-cylinder 1.6 litre (90 bhp) unit. Transmissions are five or six-speed manuals and a four-speed automatic. There are three trim levels: DSign, DStyle and DSport. Prices start from £15,205.
Most cabriolets have quite a significant weight penalty over the equivalent hatch model, but in the DS3 Cabrio it is modest at only 25 kg of extra load. The 1.6 litre, four-cylinder, 16-valve petrol engine in our test car is the top version of the DS3 Cabrio, and it has strong performance with a power output of 155 bhp peaking at 6,000 rpm, and peak torque of 177 lb ft coming in at 1,400 rpm. The top speed is 132 mph and the car’s 0-62 mph acceleration time in 8.2 seconds, so it is reasonably quick off the mark.
Average fuel consumption is 47.9 mpg on the official combined figure, and CO2 output is 137 g/km, putting the car in band E for road tax. There is another version of the DS3 Cabrio with CO2 at 95 g/km CO2 that puts it in band A for a free tax disc.