....backwards, when the roof is fully down. You can't see unless you're about seven feet tall.
Comfort and Refinement
Extra cross-bracing has been built into the top of the boot area, and weights have been installed inside the car’s rear overhang to strengthen the structure and deaden vibrations that can sometimes blight convertible cars. Refinement is quite reasonable with the roof shut, and not too bad with the top open, although inevitably wind noise rises noticeably when you drive with a gaping hole on top.
Well-cushioned seats give quite decent support for the driver and front passenger. The rear seats are a bit less supportive and shoulder room is quite tight, but it is reasonably OK back there for headroom, although six-footers may feel a bit stooped with the hood shut. Usefully the DS3 has seats for five, with three in the back, giving it an advantage over its two main rivals which each only seat four people. The snag is that it is pretty squeezed for more than two back there.
Safety and Security
The DS3 hatchback, on which this car is based, has a five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, so the basic structure is regarded as strong and very adequately impact resistant. However the Cabrio has not been tested, so it cannot be confirmed how well the open-top variant may perform in a collision. It comes with standard front and side airbags. Also standard are electronic braking aids: in addition to anti-lock brakes and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, the car has Emergency Braking Assistance that automatically activates the hazard warning lights in the event of an emergency stop. Electronic Stability Control is also fitted. Isofix child seat anchorages are provided in the rear seats.
Included as standard kit on the DS3 Cabrio is colour satnav, cruise control, a two-way adjustable steering wheel, parking sensors, electric windows, remote audio controls and a radio-CD player. This up-scale version also has leather seat trim and an alarm system. Sound quality on the stereo is not top-notch but pretty fair.
- Fiat 500C
- MINI Convertible
What We Liked
- Stylish-looking fun car
- Calmly unruffled interior with the roof open
- Good-to-drive dynamics
- Lively performance
- Design flair of the cabin with interesting details
- Funky roof fabric gives a youthfully distinctive touch
- How fast you can be travelling when the hood is operated
- Seeing the sun overhead
- Getting a tan as you drive
- Tight seal of the hood for when the weather changes
What We Disliked
- No rear view when the top is fully open
- Having to keep the rear screen roof section in place to see backwards
- Pram-like look with the hood all the way back
- Having to stoop to load the boot
- It’s quite pricey at around £2,300 more than the equivalent DS3 hatch
- Funky roof fabric not to all tastes
What We Would Like To See
- ....backwards, when the roof is fully down. You can’t unless you’re about seven feet tall.
The DS3 Cabrio is flawed by its very restricted rear view when the roof is fully open, but otherwise it is a fun open-top car that looks stylish and is reasonably practical. It drives well and has a larger boot than its rivals. If you want the option of roofless motoring without too much compromise, it is an interesting choice worth considering.5 August 2013
Citroen DS3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Citroen DS3 Cabrio 1.6 DSport|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||132 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||58.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 05/08/13)||£19,840|