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Offbeat Individualist
March 27, 2013   
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Easy to drive, packed with accessories, and anything but predictable—that pretty much sums up the new CitroŽn DS3.

The styling is the first thing that grabs the eye, although it’s far from being the only distinguishing feature of the DS range. The front, with its vertical LED daytime lights set in the bumper, large grille, and DS (Different Spirit) badge in place of the familiar CitroŽn chevron, gives the car a pugnacious look.

Add to that the somewhat stocky but sexy rear-end with taillights set deep into the bumper, the generous helpings of chromium, 17-inch rims and two-color body, and you have one of the most offbeat designs ever to have come out of what is essentially a mass producer. Additionally, there are so many options to choose from that no DS is likely to come across a doppelgšnger on the street. There are 27 roof and body combinations to choose from, to say nothing of the upholstery and inlaying, to ensure that your car is one of a kind. For example, our test-drive model had a white body and a white-flecked black roof, black and white leather upholstery and a black cockpit. It cut quite a figure.

The DS3 is a supermini with a spacious interior that completely belies its 3,948 mm body. You feel especially comfortable sitting in front. The dashboard is stylish, ergonomically laid out and made of top quality materials, similar to the Premium. Every component gives the impression of attention to quality as well as esthetics. This is not all that common in the supermini segment. There are plenty of standard accessories. As with other CitroŽn models, there is even a perfume dispenser. This is a small receptacle on the dashboard. The car can be equipped with a colored My Way navigation system with a 7-inch screen and a HiFi system with an additional broadband speaker in the middle of the dashboard and a subwoofer in the trunk.

While we’re talking about the trunk, it has a capacity of 285l, has a standard shape, and is fully adjustable. The DS3 can easily hold its own with the competition when it comes to loading and transporting baggage. If need be, the rear seat headrests can be folded back to jack this up to 980l. Combined with the spacious interior (for a mini), this adds to the vehicle’s everyday functionality.

The car is fitted with a 155 hp/1.6 THP (Turbo High Pressure) engine manufactured by PSA Peugeot CitroŽn and BMW. The engine works beautifully with a very light hum. A maximum torque of 240Nm at 4,000 rpm allows the car to accelerate to 100 kph in just under 7.3 s and reach a top speed of 214 kph. A powerful engine combined with direct steering, hard suspension and low-profile 17-inch tires make for a pleasurable drive with a sporty sensation. The bad news is that fuel consumption is nowhere near the 6 l/100 km promised by the producer, even when you drive sedately.
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