Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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Citroën DS3
6 reader reviews for Citroën DS3 Hatchback.
  • 1.6e-HDi 90 A'dream DStylePlus 3dr

    Chris Attwood , Tyrone . Date: 26/10/2015
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    It's on a long term rent waiting for my company car to be delivered so probably gets a harder life than most averaging 1000 - 1300 miles a week. The good things first, handles well and steers nicely ... Now the bad ... it's slow, terrible lag on the turbo, you have to keep the engine between 2500 - 4000 to make good progress and it's nearly impossible to overtake. As a consequence fuel economy can drop to 40mpg at an average speed on 40mph on the fuel computer when on A and B roads. Motorways can be up to 60 but my BMW 335D is better!!! The ride can be very firm, seems to lack travel in the suspension to absorb bumps and the seats lack side support so you slide out when cornering. The radio is poor quality (no DAB in 2015 model) and I'm yet to work out how to answer a call through the Bluetooth. Higher powered models could be better but I would say buy a Fiesta with the Ecoboost 100 engine. I had one as a hire car before, faster, smoother, better economy (and it was petrol!)

  • 1.6 e-HDi 110 A'dream DSportPl 3dr

    mike demetri , . Date: 10/08/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      15000

    My car

    Had the car for nearly 2 years and have covered 34000. The car has loosened up nicely and feels quicker than when new. I can also change up the gears sooner then when new without the engine labouring. I have also noticed improved fuel economy recently. Great to drive and good level of equipment and features. Let down by crazy Bluetooth connectivity. Sometimes picks up my phone and sometimes doesn't! On occasion I have made/received a call while driving ad later on the same journey an incoming call does not connect to Bluetooth. Citroen dealer are not really interested as it is intermittent and not a simple fix. Even replacing the head unit did not clear the problem. I am now very used to the car and feel I am getting the best out of it. Still looks fresh but many more now on the road. I have managed to scuff 3 out of 4 of the alloys - the wheel profile is not at all forgiving - would benefit from more rim protection from tyres.

  • 1.6e-HDi 90 A'dream DStyle 91g 3dr

    Andrew Hammond , . Date: 15/06/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      72

    My car

    I use this car for Business purposes, covering 25,000 a year, much of that on Motorways. Typical journey will be around 180-300 mile round trip. For my purposes this has proven to be an excellent choice, first class fuel economy, ride quality and reliability. If I had to pick from the 15+ cars I have driven over extended periods in my driving career,only the Alfa 166 would come out ahead. Motorway ride quality is comparable with the best of the larger 4 door saloons I used to drive. Fuel economy usually around 72 MPG. Motorway mileage obviously helps make it so high, but involves no great effort to achieve this. Cruise control, which came as standard on mine, (possibly on all ?) is a great boon on journeys back home, in the late evening. The cabin is comfortable and pleasant. With the excellent ride and low engine noise, and I can make 150 mile journeys and arrive ready for work, rather than battered and bruised. I especially enjoy the long fuel range, frequently between 600-700 miles on a single tank, which frees me up from having to make regular stops. As I own my own business I have a completely free choice as to what I buy for my next car, and currently the Volvo V40 is the only competitor to replace the DS3. ( I won't consider German cars due to a variety of experiences which have never been better than disappointing, and on occasion appalling )

  • 1.6 e-HDi 110 A'dream DSportPl 3dr

    Mike Demetri , Wiltshire . Date: 11/11/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      65

    My car

    Now had the car for a year and it has improved in that time, particularly after the first service a few months ago. 17000 miles in and no faults to report, except the Bluetooth connection for the phone doesn't always pick up. Otherwise mpg has improved, responsiveness has improved and I feel more confident and connected with the car now. Even the quality of the sound from the stereo seems to be better than before! Service costs were okay but apart from changing oil and filter there isn't much to do at this stage of the car's life. Still gets admiring comments. Easy to park (parking sensors), great handling and fairly nippy, although like all diesels a little sluggish when getting away from junctions. Still feels well put together with no squeaks or rattles. No cup holders to speak of and limited storage space. Door pockets are big but objects roll around in them.

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