Look out MINI, there's a new kid on the block and he's after your market share! The new kid is the Citroen DS3, a sporty, three-door hatch and it is well positioned to snatch more than a few customers from BMW's 'baby'.
Look out MINI, there's a new kid on the block and he's after your market share!
The new kid is the Citroen DS3, a sporty, three-door hatch and it is well positioned to snatch more than a few customers from BMW's 'baby'. Already the Citroen DS3 is gathering awards; the latest instance is that it has been named one of 2010's coolest things in the world by top-selling gadget magazine, Stuff.
Where the MINI is quirky inside, with its circular motifs and rocker switchgear, the Citroen DS3 has its individualism on show outside.
"Typically French", was how one admirer described it. You certainly get the impression that only they could pull off such distinctive styling.
There are three main exterior features that make the Citroen DS3 stand out from the crowd. The most noticeable is the floating roof, which appears to be unconnected to the rest of the body. This is even more prominent when it is in a different colour and that is the case on all but the base model, the DSign. The Citroen DS3 test car was in Thorium Grey with a pale Boticelli blue roof. This same blue appears on the key fob and on the wheel trim bosses of the 17-inch alloys.
The floating roof appears so because the A- and C-pillars are covered in a black vinyl material, which is cut at the top of the doors, so as not to spoil the roof line. The B-pillar has a 'spike' of body colour, which is said to be inspired by a shark's fin. This point doesn't quite reach the roof, as the darkened rear window panel wraps around into it, outside of the frame.
The combination of deep body panels, broken by a dash of rubbing strip towards the base of the doors, the dark privacy glass and the coloured roof, make the Citroen DS3 look low-slung and anxious to be on the move.
At the front, is the broad but rounded bonnet, and the large grille is flanked by distinctive, vertical stacks of daytime running lights. These are just ahead of the front wheel arches and at first appear to be cooling vents but serve to add to a slightly subdued air of menace.
Citroen DS3 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Citroen DS3 1.6 THP 150 DSport|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.3 seconds|
|Top Speed||133 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||55.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 07/07/10)||£15,900|