The DS3 – formerly known as the Citroen DS3 before DS became a standalone brand – is another entry into that section of the market. It looks and feels expensive, the engine lineup is economical, and there is plenty of scope for buyers to customise each car to their own personal taste.
It may score on the fashion points, but how practical is it? We’ve taken a look at all the important measurements to see how well it will fit into everyday life.
DS3 external dimensions
At the end of the day, the DS3 is a supermini, which means it benefits from all of the usual small-car virtues. It’s easy to drive around town, visibility out is above average, and finding spaces to park is simple. For reference against a car we’re all familiar with, the DS3 is 19mm shorter than the big-selling Ford Fiesta.
Compared to the likes of the Audi A1, the DS3 is one of the more spacious options in the class, with reasonable room for four passengers. The cabin is let down slightly by a lack of storage space though – there aren’t any cupholders, for example.
Relative to other superminis, the DS3’s boot is quite small. Compared to its closest rivals – more fashion-led offerings like the Mini and the Fiat 500 – it actually scores well in the practicality stakes. Compared to the Fiat’s 180-litre boot and the Mini hatchback’s 210 litres, a 285-litre volume seems more than reasonable. Fold down the rear seats, and that figure rises to 980 litres.
|Seats up||285 litres|
|Seats down||980 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
The DS3 is fitted with some of Citroen‘s most frugal petrol and diesel units, the most fuel-sipping of which is the 78.5mpg-rated 1.6-litre BlueHDI model. Top up the 48 litre tank, and a range of over 800 miles is possible.
A turning circle of 10.4m is fairly standard for the class, so parking shouldn’t be significantly easier or harder than in its closest competition.
|Turning circle||10.4 metres|
|Fuel tank||48 litres|
For such a well-equipped, high quality supermini, the DS3 is impressively light. Base models weigh less than a tonne, while the even the largest diesel model isn’t too hefty either. This low weight helps contribute to the low fuel consumption ratings across the range.
|975kg (1.2 petrol)||1,275kg (1.6 BlueHDI Cabriolet)|
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Read our full DS3 review for and overview of all of the good and bad points, as well as how it compares to its biggest rivals.
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