The best part about the Citroen DS3 1.6 THP we test drove is obviously its exterior and interior design. If you're a very pragmatic person this car is obviously not for you, since you may only see a more upscale, three-door version of the Citroen C3. We think it's much more than that, and the way it can be configured to look almost unique is really something special. We also respect Citroen's dare devil-ness in coming with a completely non-retro car in this soon to be crowded segment. Nice job!
The bad thing about it is probably the fact that it's not as sporty, or we should probably say as hardcore as some of its main rivals. Given its technical specs you're far from getting ashamed going into a race with a Mini Cooper S or an Alfa Romeo MiTo Multiair, but the sports feeling is much more sedated in the DS3, especially when talking about the exhaust sound or the somewhat too-assisted steering.
The only ugly bit we found during our Citroen DS3 test drive was probably the fact that it's too much of a compromised car. It's not as sporty as its rivals, but it's not as comfortable as a regular Citroen either. It's a good compromise, we'll give it that, but it's only the best if you're looking at a non-retro, more comfortable variant to the current segment leader, the Mini. The DS3 is not as involving nor as fast, but it's cheaper and completely devoid of the retro image some might be very fond of. Continue reading