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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.

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 disappointing ride and handling stop it beating the best premium superminis.

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There are 12 Citroën DS3 versions available

Hatchback 1.2 VTi 82 DSign 3dr £12,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi 120 DStyle 3dr £15,380
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream DStyle 3dr £15,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6e-HDi 90 A'dream DStyle 91g 3dr £15,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 VTi 120 DStyle Red 3dr £15,800
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 A'dream DStyle Re 3dr £15,995
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 155 DSport 3dr £17,480
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 115 Airdream DSport 3dr £17,750
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 155 DSport Red 3dr £17,925
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 115 A'dream DSport R 3dr £18,200
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 THP 155 Ultra Prestige 3dr £21,380
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 115 A'dream Ultra Pr 3dr £21,650
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

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

Citroën DS3 Hatchback 1.6 THP 155 DSport 3dr

I had this car for a week as a rental car. I was impressed by the power, especially the low range torque around town. It doesn't feel you are driving…

Sunny Mandalia

4 out of 5 stars
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