Although the body is technically based on the rather feminine C3, the DS3 is much more macho, especially with the Sport Chic trim level. The first thing we noticed about our test car was of course the color package, which is (either intentional or not) pretty similar to that of the Mini. So, white and silver alloy wheels, pearl black overall color with chrome trimming and white mirror covers/roof. Also, the vampire fang-like dayling driving LED don't look half bad either.
Even though it's not exactly an original color combination, the effect is very different on a car with this type of design. To some, it looked like a Mini from the future, with absolutely no retro touches anywhere on the car. The front is highly Citroenesque, with huge pointy headlights and a pretty large radiator grille common with the new Citroen design language.
The side on the other hand looks like nothing else from the current Citroen line-up, having a very roundish box look. The one thing we didn't exactly love in terms of exterior design were the doors, which are normal ones, instead of having frameless windows like its number one competitor. Other than that, the chrome and white accents aren't tacky at all, but actually make the car look like a million dollars... very figuratively speaking, of course.
Also, the way the B-pillar is much thicker than the C one really improves the dynamic appearance of the car in a pretty original way, especially since the roof is painted in a different, contrasting color. By the way, there are dozens of color combinations for the exterior, including twelve different alloy wheel designs, so you can almost configure a one-of-a-kind-looking Citroen DS3.
The rear of the car is where the fun begins. At night, there was more than one person who thought it was actually a Volkswagen Polo from the distance, since the overall design lines of the rear, including the taillights, are pretty similar between the two.
Also, the total absence of the Citroen chevron logo from the hatch confused other people and made them wonder what car it was. On the whole, taking into account the car's hot hatch stance and the funky design touches, we think this is one of the coolest-looking Citroens in their current line-up. We actually reckon it can do more than keep up with the Mini Cooper S and/or the Alfa MiTo from this point of view.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Well this is interesting. When I was a young lad, my father used to actually drive a Citroen DS. I believe it was an... ahem... DS 21 or something. The one with the swiveling headlights and hydro-pneumatic suspension. Odd car, that Citroen.
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