After taking a few strolls around the car, you would expect the interior to be just as cool-looking. Turns out it sure is, and without jumping on the retro-is-better bandwagon as well, like some of its competitors have. The first thing we noticed inside were the front bucket seats and the high tech overall feel.
Speaking of the highly supportive front seats, although they were almost shaped like something you would find in a supercar, they weren't as hard on your back or tooshie as we were expecting. This is actually something of a Citroen trademark, and except maybe if you're a pretty large fellow there's no way you won't feel comfortable in them, despite the humongous side bolster supports. Also, the two-tone leather upholstery was looking better than those found in some entry-level premium cars.
Another point of interest is of course the total lack of Citroen chevrons inside. Instead of that, a DS logo sits on the flat-base, Le Mans-style steering wheel. In true modern Citroen fashion, there is also an ambiance perfume dispenser enclosed near the instrument panel. Unfortunately, in our test car the perfume was depleted and needed a recharge, which you can do at any Citroen dealer, so we can't tell you how nice it smelled.
The center console is quasi-identical with the one from the C3, but you can only notice the similarities if you either have a very keen eye or you just came out of the former model. The main difference is that our DS3 had a piano black finish, which gave it a much more upscale feel.
The overall space is naturally pretty cramped for full-size passengers but felt a bit more roomy than both the Mini Cooper S and the Alfa MiTo we tested earlier. Also, the luggage compartment is among the largest in this segment, albeit it's a bit compromised by the rather deep configuration, just like on the Alfa Romeo MiTo.Continue reading