For The DS3 is a rival 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.
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There's plenty to like about the 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
Target Price team says:
The 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.
DS 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:
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…
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…
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…
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…