Citroen’s rebranded DS3 still looks stylish six years after its launch –

I promise just to mention the C word once this week.

We’re testing the facelifted DS3, the car previously known as the, er, Citroen DS3.

But the French firm has actually offered its DS range – named after the revolutionary vehicle of the 1950s – its own branch of the business, DS Automobiles, to divide the badge well and actually from merely any sort of old Cit… oops.

And that, of course, means its own logo takes the put of the famous chevrons – sat in this instance on top of a fairly large grille that looks as though it’s come off an Audi A6.

The DS3’s designers speak proudly of the grille’s wings that extend as far as the headlights, However I believe they’re ugly.

Fortunately, though, they have actually left the rest of the vehicle earned by some famous French firm well alone.

The business makes a terrific play of the honest truth that the DS3 isn’t a retro design enjoy the Mini and Fiat 500. It surely isn’t and it still looks stylish 6 years after its launch. We’re testing a DS3 Prestige fitted along with the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 165bhp.

Citroen DS 3 The interior doesn’t very live up to the exact same higher standards as others Citroens

There are much more modifications under the bonnet compared to anywhere else along with a brand-new 1.2-litre 3-cylinder 128bhp motor added to the range and a brand-new 207bhp engine that turns the DS3 in to a warm hatch that will certainly rival the John Cooper Functions Minis.

Basic fee for our test vehicle is £19,295, cranked up to £21,540 along with choices added. The two-tone roof I could live without, and the £200 reversing camera as well if it meant I had your hard earned cash to spare for the optional £1,300 Nappa Watchstrap Leather pack. It’s an likely description, due to the fact that these beautifully trimmed front seats look merely enjoy 70s watch straps.

The interior calls for a bit of sparkle to take your thoughts off several of the not-so-higher quality plastics and the lack of cupholder and clever storage ideas. Pity due to the fact that the business is so excellent at points enjoy that. The excellent news is that there are several accessory packs available that include additional details, enjoy chrome complete and additional leather trim.

The DS3 has actually been available as a convertible due to the fact that 2013, However due to the fact that the vehicle has actually just three doors, it’s surprising that a much more useful version along with four doors hasn’t been earned to improve sales.

Citroen DS 3 The brand-new DS3 goes from 0-62mph in under eight seconds

I’m sure the designers could believe of a means of adding two doors devoid of ruining the looks. Still, the DS3 is merely regarding spacious enough for the job, otherwise very as roomy inside as the Mini.

There’s a brand-new infotainment system along with a 7in touchscreen that’s a big improvement on the old system as it’s much easier to usage along with much better graphics.

Our vehicle has actually the £100 option of Mirror System that permits you to mirror your Apple or Android phone to the screen. The DS3 drives the exact same as prior to which means tidy handling, a comfortable ride and accurate steering.

A six-rate manual gearbox is standard and Functions well enough as does the engine. DS Automobiles quotes a combined fuel consumption of 50.4mpg which translates to about higher 30s in the actual world.

Top rate is 135mph and 0-62mph takes 7.5sec.

Citroen DS 3 The DS3 remains the the majority of attractive vehicle DS Automobiles have actually to offer

The DS3 has actually been a big success, particularly in the UK. The challenge now is to sustain up the momentum. Changing names and adding a brand-new grille aren’t very enough.

Still, of every one of the DS Automobiles cars, the DS3 remains the the majority of attractive and desirable. merely as it was once it was a… well, you know.

The Facts

DS3 Prestige 1.6 THP

Three-door hatchback

Price: £19,295

Engine: 1.6-litre four-cylinder, 165bhp


Fuel consumption: 50.4mpg

The rivals

Mini Cooper S

Mini Cooper S Mini Cooper S

Bit a lot faster compared to the DS3 and much more space inside, otherwise evenly matched. £18,960

VW Polo 1.4 TSi BlueGT

VW Polo 1.4 TSI VW Polo 1.4 TSi BlueGT

Well made, attractive, excellent value However much less specific compared to its rivals. £18,105

Audi A1 1.4 TFSi

Audi A1 Audi A1 1.4 TFSi

Very popular baby Audi that doesn’t have actually the DS3 or the Mini’s presence. £20,085