Considering our test car was fitted with a detuned version of the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine from the Mini Cooper S and its target customers are pretty much in the same ballpark as the Mini, we were expecting a similar behavior in the city. Apparently we were a bit wrong in judging this before actually driving the car, since the DS3 is actually a bit better than its Anglo-German rival at this chapter. Let us explain.
First of all, the Citroen DS3 has a much more forgiving suspension setup, although not as technologically advanced as the one on the Mini. It's much harder than any other modern Citroen we've driven, but compared with its rival is much, much better at eating potholes, tram lines or "sleeping policemen".
Second of all, the overall visibility is also a bit better, mainly thanks to the slightly larger and better shaped exterior rear view mirrors and the somewhat higher seating position. Parking is pretty much a breeze considering the above and the car's overall petite size, but also thanks to the rear parking sensors our test car was fitted with.
The official fuel consumption would point to a very frugal car, especially considering the near-hot hatch performance figures, but as always, real life figures in a congested city are pretty different. with no "Sport" button at hand, like on its main competitors, we managed to achieve between 9.5 and 13.5 liters per 100 kilometers (US 17.4-24.8 mpg), depending very much on the way you want to start from a traffic light and how crazy you want to get behind the wheel.
Not bad at all, especially taking into account that the official figures point to a 9.4 liter per 100 kilometers (US 25 mpg) and our testing mainly took place in a city with gruesome traffic. Overall, the DS3 is a great car for both doing errands and parking in front of a club when the weekend comes. Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Yeah, I'm not exactly the biggest fan of French cars. Or cars coming from the French school of car making, as I like to call them. The DS3 on the other hand might prove to be a different kind of story. After all, it has a German engine under the hood, doesn't it? At least that's what I found out after knocking a few times on the hood.
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