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For The DS3 is Citroen's answer to the Mini Hatch 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 is well equipped.

Against It's not as sharp as a Mini to drive and rear-seat space isn't great. Versions with big wheels don't ride that well, either.

Citroën DS3 Hatchback
33 5stars

There's plenty to like about the Citroen DS3, not least the freedom it gives buyers to personalise their cars. However, its below-par ride and handling stop it beating the best premium superminis.

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There are 14 Citroën DS3 versions available

Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 82 DSign 3dr £12,865 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 82 DSign Ice 3dr £14,720 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 110 DStyle S/S 3dr £15,630 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 DStyle 3dr £15,820
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi 120 DStyle auto 3dr £16,630
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 110 DStyle Ice S/ 3dr £17,220 TBA
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 DStyle Ice 3dr £17,410
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 165 DStyle Ice S/S 3dr £17,790
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 165 DSire S/S 3dr £18,100
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 BlueHDi 120 DSire 3dr £18,220
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 165 DSport S/S 3dr £19,000
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 BlueHDi 120 DSport 3dr £19,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 165 Ultra Prestige 3dr £22,900
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Ultra Prestige 3dr £23,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Citroen DS3 has a choice of 10 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. You can even choose the colour of the car's key.

All versions offer sprightly performance and are well equipped, but our favourite is the sportiest version, the THP 165 petrol in DSport trim.

Citroen offers a pre-paid servicing package for the DS3, which brings an extended warranty and covers the cost of servicing for three years.

Reader test team says:

Citroën DS3 Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 110 A'dream DSportPl 3dr

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…

mike demetri

4 out of 5 stars

Citroën DS3 Hatchback 1.6e-HDi 90 A'dream DStyle 91g 3dr

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…

Andrew Hammond

5 out of 5 stars

Citroën DS3 Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 110 A'dream DSportPl 3dr

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…

Mike Demetri

4 out of 5 stars

Citroën DS3 Hatchback 1.4 VTi 95 DSign 3dr

I drove this car for two weeks as a courtesy car whilst our Alfa Mito was having crash damage repairs ( hit by lorry while parked). I really wanted to…

Andy Roberts

2 out of 5 stars
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