The DS3 is not cheap to buy, but there are some good discounts available to sweeten the deal. Its desirability is reflected in its resale values, which are far stronger than those of Citroën superminis of old, if not quite as good as a Mini Hatch or Audi A1's. Every version is encouragingly economical.
Citroën DS3 Hatchback quality & reliability
Arguably this is the area where Citroën has made the biggest improvements over the previous few years. An imaginatively styled dashboard with chrome-rimmed dials and colour-coded panels gives the DS3's cabin real panache, while plush trim and slick switchgear add to the premium feel. The DS3 scored above-average marks for reliability in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey.
Citroën DS3 Hatchback safety & security
Stability control and six airbags are standard, and the DS3 was awarded the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test. Higher-spec models also get automatic emergency braking, which applies the brakes at low speeds if the system thinks you’re about to hit the vehicle in front. Security experts Thatcham awarded the DS3 four out of five for its resistance to being stolen and three out of five for its resistance to being broken into.