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Citroen DS3 Or Mini

21 November 2010 No Comment

French firm Citroen has a new hot hatch model in the DS3 which is the number one rival to the MINI .

First impressions

A Citroen designer have not followed MINI, VW or Fiat with a retro look, but has introduced strong lines and curves which make it unique and stand out. Consumers will be able to choose from several models these being the DSign, DStyle and DSport. The DStyle and DSport models will come with alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. Buyers will be able to personalise their cars as there are options for a colour code the roof, different wheels and door mirrors, together with decals and extra chrome trim.

Interior

Good interior build quality and refined detailing show off the DS3’s cabin. The dashboard is derived from the firm’s C3 supermini, which portrays eye-catching dials and a practical layout. Customers can colour co-ordinate the dash, key fob and gear lever with the exterior paint finish. The DS3 has a five-seat layout, where as the Mini can only provide seating for four people. Underneath the Citroen’s rear tailgate is a useful and practical 285-litre rear load area.

Types of engine

The DS3 Citroen has several engine options to choose from these being the 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol engines or the 1.6 HDi diesel plants. The more powerful engines come with a six-speed gearbox.

How it drives

Comparing the driving feel of the DS3 to the Mini? Even though all DS3 models are supplied with sports suspension giving it good grip and agility it does not create the excitement that comes from driving a Mini. The DS3 steering appears light and lacks the feedback together with a floppy five speed gearbox makes everything a bit vague.

However, the car has low noise levels and a smooth ride which makes it ideal for long distance cruising.

Running costs

The DS3 is cheaper to buy than the Mini and also comes with more equipment as standard. All models come with air-conditioning, trip computer and cruise control. At £199 Citroen is also offering a 3 year servicing package. The DS3 is fuel efficient with the 1.4 HDi diesel engines claiming a mpg of 74.3 while the top of the range petrol 1.6 turbo emits 155g/km of CO2. One set back from the Mini is that the DS3 can not rival the Mini’s residual resale value when it is time to trade in.

The DS3 is one of the safest models in the class as it has a five-star EuroNCAP rating. Every model comes with electronic stability control and six airbags as standard. Environmentally friendly motorists will be attracted to the 1.4-litre diesel version, which emits only 99g/km of C02. Top choice is DS3 DSport 1.6THP.

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