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DS 3 review

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DS 3
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11 Nov 2015 00:00 | Last updated: 31 Aug 2018 14:19

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

DS DS 3 hatchback driving position

You sit a long way back from the windscreen, so it can feel like you're driving a small MPV. The pedals are offset, too, which makes the driving position feel slightly awkward. At least the steering wheel adjusts for reach and height on all models, so it doesn’t take long to get comfortable.

The front seats are supportive, although some may find the heavily bolstered sports seats of some models restrictive. In the main the dashboard layout is pretty user-friendly, but the central digital readout can be hard to decipher at a glance and the stereo is unhelpfully low on the centre console.

DS DS 3 hatchback visibility

Forward visibility is compromised slightly by the DS 3’s thick, steeply sloping windscreen pillars, and it’s not helped by the fact that you sit a long way back from the windscreen. The side and rear windows are on the small side, meaning that over-the-shoulder and rear visibility could be better, but overall visibility is fine.

Heated door mirrors and automatic headlights and wipers are standard for the higher-spec trim levels and relatively affordable options for the two cheapest trims. Front and/or rear parking sensors are standard or optional, depending on the trim, as is a reversing camera.

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DS DS 3 hatchback infotainment

All versions of the DS 3 come with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, which, compared with the Mini’s iDrive or Audi A1’s MMI system, is slow and clunky to use. It does come as standard with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and auxiliary and USB input sockets. On all versions apart from the entry-level Chic, you also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces, so you can use your smartphone’s apps through the car’s screen. Satellite navigation is standard on all but the Chic trim and Performance model.

All models have steering column-mounted audio controls – they are a blessing, since the stereo has small, fiddly buttons and is mounted low on the centre console. The information display above it is also on the small side and has a rather dated appearance.

DS DS 3 hatchback build quality

DS is Citroen’s premium brand, and the DS 3 does enough to justify that status. An imaginatively styled dashboard with chrome-rimmed dials and colour-coded panels gives the DS 3's cabin real panache, and the interior quality is a cut above the C3 it’s based on, with plusher materials and more appealing finishes. Inevitably, some of the switchgear and more functional parts are shared with Citroen’s mainstream models, and as a result the DS 3’s cabin doesn’t have the bespoke feel that a Mini’s does.

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There are 6 trims available for the DS 3 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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Connected Chic
This is our favourite trim because it keeps the price down but gives you access to better engines in the range. Standard equipment is good, adding to the Chic trim 17in alloys, climate control, rea...View trim
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Parthenon Cream
This model has an exclusive Parthenon Cream exterior colour and topaz roof, as well as front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Otherwise the spec is the same as Connected Chic...View trim
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Performance Line
This sporty trim level isn’t cheap and is difficult to recommend because the only upgrades it gets over Connected Chic are style-focused, including different 17in alloys, a spoiler and some light D...View trim
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Black Lezard
As well as everything Connected Chic trim comes with, you get special styling upgrades, leather seats, power-folding door mirrors, xenon headlights, automatic lights and wipers and – wait for it –...View trim
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Ines de la Fressange
Comes with everything the Connected Chic trim has, plus power-folding door mirrors, xenon headlights, climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers. The main difference is a...View trim
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Cafe Racer
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