For The Citroen DS3 is the company's answer to the Mini and Fiat 500, and it gives you a lot of style for your money. The engines are strong, it has a classy cabin and every version comes well equipped.
Against It's nowhere near as sharp as a Mini to drive and rear space isn't great. The badge might also hinder its progress in this image-conscious sector.
What Car? says
There's plenty to like about the Citroen DS3, not least the freedom it gives buyers to personalise their cars. However, its disappointing ride and handling stop it beating the best premium superminis.
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There are 12 Citroën DS3 versions available
Target Price team says:
The Citroen DS3 has a choice of 11 body colours and four roof shades, but that's just the start of it. An extensive range of graphics for the roof, plus the option of colour-coded alloys and door mirrors give you more exterior choices. Options for the cabin include colour-coded panels, along with various carpet designs.
Even entry-level DSign cars get stability and cruise controls, along with electric front windows. DStyle adds air-conditioning, front LED running lights and tinted rear windows.
DSport cars bring climate control, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, chrome side rubbing strips and aluminium pedals.
Citroen is also offering a pre-paid servicing package for the DS3, which gives an extended warranty and covers the cost of servicing for three years.
Reader test team says:
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