Citroën DS3

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Keen to capitalise on the success of premium-priced small hatchbacks such as the MINI Hatch and Fiat 500, 2010 saw the arrival of the Citroen DS3.

  • Citroën DS3 Racing (11-11)
  • Citroën DS3 (10-15)

Keen to capitalise on the success of premium-priced small hatchbacks such as the MINI Hatch and Fiat 500, 2010 saw the arrival of the Citroen DS3.

Essentially a more stylish, upmarket three-door hatchback version of the C3, the Citroen DS3 replaced the sporty-but-quirky C2 in the firm’s line-up.

While MINI and Fiat’s 500 had opted to go the retro route in terms of styling, Citroen didn’t look to its back catalogue for inspiration, instead giving the DS3 a modern, chrome-laden face, with many models also featuring vertically-stacked day running lights. The key DS3 styling signature was the shark’s dorsal fin-shaped panel just behind the front doors, and the ‘floating’ roof design, usually appearing in a contrasting colour.

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Most Popular Model Reviews

Citroën DS3 Cabrio 2013 - 2015

4 out of 5
Citroën DS3 Cabrio 2013 - 2015

New price range:
£15,325 - £29,170

Used price range:
£2,566 - £7,085

  • Drives like the conventional hatchback model
  • Roof can be closed in 16 seconds at speeds of up to 75mph
  • No diesel option
  • Rear visibility poor with the roof down

Citroën DS3 Hatchback 2010 - 2015

4 out of 5
Citroën DS3 Hatchback 2010 - 2015

New price range:
£12,730 - £23,220

Used price range:
£1,897 - £8,000

  • Genuinely great to drive
  • High-quality feel
  • Stylish and chic look
  • Low running costs
  • Wide range of customisation options
  • Lacks the image of a MINI

Citroën DS3 Racing 2011 - 2011

3.5 out of 5
Citroën DS3 Racing 2011 - 2011

New price range:
£24,165

Used price range:
£3,555 - £7,007

Excellent power delivery, brutish looks, strong grip levels, good residuals
Too much torquesteer, firm ride, pricey

Citroën DS3 Competitors

Fiat 500

Fiat 500

MINI Hatchback

MINI Hatchback

Renault Clio

Renault Clio