The Citroen DS3 has been transformed into a fun car and further loosens BMW’s hold on the super mini car market. The Fiat 500 was the first to challenge BMW’s supremacy with significant success, followed by the Audi A1, and now the Citroen DS3.
The Citroen DS3 Cabriolet makes drives exciting with a sunroof that at a touch of a button gets snugly tucked behind rear seats, which means you do not get to be entirely exposed to the elements, but you get to enjoy the advantage of having a choice of roof positions.
Naturally, it’s cheaper than a convertible, but priced £2,350 more than a hatchback, it’s not cheap. Well, there’s the fanciful boot lid function and some tremendously chic rear LEDS lights with 3D-effects to blame for that.
Petrol engines are the only ones offered in the UK and you see some of the new, exceptionally clean and very economical 1.2 litre and 1.6 litre 3-cylinders, and 1.6 turbocharged DS3s in London streets. The 1.6 THP comes with a very helpful 156hp, a combination which many admired on the Citroen DS3 hatchback and it executes just as well.
Performance strong point comes from the outright power that’s entirely desirable in a supermini with the turbocharger engaging efficiently at lower revs. The car works well when driven fast and hard and has no trouble showing power when the accelerator is pressed without shifting gears.
The DS3 handles excellently in the bends and its roof arrangements permit it the rigidity of the hatchback. Passengers are treated to a comfortable ride with its suspension taking bumps well, while light and easy steering can be improved.
Like the competition, the DS3 offers a variety of options from the dashboard, seats and sunroof colours to wheels so that you can personalize all you like. The dashboard is stylish and seats are comfortable and you have enough room to move about.
The DS3 successfully combines engaging drives with a feeling you are driving a car that’s more than a mini and although not a full pledged convertible, you can easily live with its roof scheme and its ample space is appreciated, too.