Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The DS 3 isn’t cheap to buy, but like for like, it undercuts key rivals such as the Audi A3 Convertible and Mini Convertible. Decent dealer discounts make it even more affordable and, unlike many of Citroen’s mainstream models, it holds its value well, if not quite as well as a Mini or Audi.
With the exception of the automatic model, all of the DS 3’s engines are impressively efficient and two of the diesel versions emit less than 100g/km of CO2. The DS 3 range doesn’t contain any sub-100g/km petrol models, however, unlike some rivals.
Most DS 3 models have a decent standard of kit, with entry-level Chic models coming with air conditioning, remote central locking, cruise control and Bluetooth. Upgrade to Elegance and you also get LED front fog lights and sports seats.
Top-spec Prestige models are lavishly appointed, featuring front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and satellite navigation. Twin exhaust tailpipes, 17in alloy wheels and a nappa-trimmed steering wheel complete the comprehensive, albeit pricey, package.
Stability control and six airbags come as standard on all models, and the DS 3 was awarded the maximum five stars when tested by Euro NCAP in 2009. Top-spec Prestige models also get a city braking system that applies the brakes at low speeds if it thinks you’re about to hit the vehicle in front.
Security experts Thatcham awarded the DS 3 Cabrio four out of five for its resistance to being stolen and three out of five for its resistance to being broken into. All models come equipped with deadlocks and alarms.
All DS 3 models have a very broad range of colour and style options that make it easy to personalise your car.
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