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3 out of 5 stars

For The Citroen DS3 is the company's answer to the Fiat 500 and Mini, with plenty of style and fun 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 popularity in this image-conscious sector.

Verdict There's plenty to like about the Citroen DS3. However, its disappointing ride and handling don't help its efforts to beat the best premium superminis.

Go for… 1.6 THP

Avoid… 1.4 Vti

Citroën DS3 Hatchback
  • 1. The Citroen DS3 is the company's answer to the Fiat 500 and Mini, with plenty of style and fun for your money
  • 2. The badge might also hinder its popularity in this image-conscious sector
  • 3. Its disappointing ride and handling don't help its efforts to beat the best premium superminis
  • 4. Stability control, traction control and six airbags are standard, so it's no surprise that the DS3 achieved a five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests
  • 5. The DS3 has been recalled quite a few times since launch, so ensure the work has been done
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