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The Citroen DS3 Sport September 23, 2010

Posted by Just a typical dad in Fun Stuff!, general stuff, reviews.
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Now im not going to lie before last week if anyone had said to me “Jon, I think a Citroen would be perfect for you as it is quick, fuel economic and has plenty to brag about” I would have straight out accused them of lying but that’s because I had never experienced a Citroen DS3.

Now being a car salesman I have a certain amount of knowledge on cars anyway and I get to experience some of the nicest (and also some of the not so nicest). So when I was told by Emma that we would be receiving a Citroen I was a little skeptical as the only car I thought would be anywhere near suitable for someone my age and lifestyle would be a Saxo and well they have been around for years.

It was only when she informed me it was something called a DS3 that it got me puzzled and I did some digging.

The first picture I saw of one was a black one with a black roof and it looked very nice!

Although it was only when the car arrived on my drive that I could really appreciate the amazing good looks it supported! I’ve been known in the past to say that black is my favourite colour for a car…well again that all changed when i set eyes on my DS3. Here is what I came home too :

Safe to say upon first impressions I was both impressed and excited!
It has a beautiful modern body shape and the fact it was bright yellow only added to its greatness!
Of course I had to drive it straight away and after positioning myself nicely on the full leather seat I set off and the first thing I noticed was the main display.

The Main Display

This display has a couple of different modes and you can change it to show what you need.
It can show :-

The Sat Nav Directions

This brings up the map and when you have the sat nav set up has an arrow on it you of course can have this mode on when driving without sat nav and it will tell you where you are!

The Music Info

Depending on what music you have playing this display can differ you can have the radio information or the cd information etc it makes it very easy to pick and change stations.

The Fuel Consumption Display

This is a very handy mode as nobody wants to run out of fuel and this tells you exactly how much you have left until empty! It also shows how many miles to the gallon you are doing which is good to know too as it allows you to know how much fuel you will need for specific journeys! This feature allowed us to view that we could easily get 45 mpg which is excellent for a petrol!

Now obviously I was very excited to drive the DS3 so I rushed off without exploring many of the features. After reversing off my drive I put my foot on the accelerator and all I can say it WOW! for such a small car it is mightily fast! It was packing a 1.6 petrol so I didn’t expect it to be slow but the acceleration on it was just phenomenal for the type of car it was.
I only took it around a few local streets and then onto the bypass but even then I noticed that it was also an incredibly smooth ride, I tackled a few speed bumps and a bumpy road and wasn’t in any discomfort for any of it!
When I had arrived back home I had time to explore some more of the features this car had to offer.

On The Inside

Cruise control

I’ve never owned a car with cruise control before and never really used it properly (I’ve played around with it at work) and it’s quite possibly the best feature a modern-day car can come with it makes driving long distances a breeze! We had to drive to Hampshire and fir those that know there roads this includes plenty of motorway action and cruise control allowed me to blast down cruising steadily at 70 without having to you touch the pedals

Speaking of the pedals check these out!

Not only do they look good but they have put you a matching rest pedal (for those times when you are using cruise control! :] )

Next Is The Music Control Stick

This control allows the driver to adjust the volume, change song/radio station, let’s you choose what music source you listen from (radio, cd etc)
This is incredibly convenient as it means the driver doesn’t need to take his/her eyes off the road when changing anything!

The Bluetooth Phone System

This again is being used in a few modern cars these days but I think in the day and age we live in it is a necessity and if you don’t have one then it means going out to buy one and they are not cheap these days and some can be temperamental/confusing but with the DS3 I just connected by phone to the cars Bluetooth and away I went! You get little speakers and mics placed around the car for excellent sound and a clear line. It even gives you a selection of ringtones to choose from! Now I’m not going to lie about the next thing it puzzled me for about an hour and then when I looked in the manual it seemed obvious! It was….

The Built In Air Freshener

Now this is something I’ve never ever seen in a car before (and I’ve seen quite a few) but what a great idea! Once I had figured out what it was and how it worked there was a lovely smell about the car that was enough to be noticed on entry but not overpowering.

The Room For A Car Seat

As you can see there is plenty of room in the back for a car seat (it comes with iso fix too) and when the front passenger seat is in a normal driving position Oli still has lots of room to dangle his legs.

The Temperature Controls

This feature allows the driver or the passenger to adjust not only the temperature but also where the air blows, switching the air con on and off and also the buttons to de-mist the front and rear windscreen. The final part of this feature is that you can set it to auto which adjusts the fans etc for you!

The Sporty Looking Dials

I don’t need to say much about these except for how awesome they look!

Finally The CD Player And Mode Buttons

This is the feature with all of the buttons you can access the setup, the volume, the radio, the cd player etc.
This is also the cd input area and if you can’t decide on what cd to listen to no matter! Just take advantage of the 6 disk cd changer!
If iPods or Mp3 players are more your thing then why not plug yours into the aux port (with an aux cable) and enjoy!

To The Outside!

The DS3 supports some very distinctive features! Which not only make it unique but also the sporty little super mini it’s supposed to be.

The LED Lights

Now obviously the DS3 isn’t the first car to have these lights but my god doesn’t it suit the car is gives the front a fierce look about it. They only come on when the main beams aren’t on which is fine although I do think it would look pretty awesome with both on.

A Great Car Needs Great Alloys

What you are looking at is a gorgeous 17 inch bellome alloy wheel of course the DS3 comes with 4 of them and they look fantastic! (please ignore the dirt in my picture that was my fault :D)
The White alloys go perfectly with the roof which brings me on to my next point.

Contrasting Body/Roof Colour

One of the main features that Citroën offer for the DS3 is that you can have a contrasting body/roof colour. I had yellow and White with White wing mirrors too! And personally (and all of my friends) I think it looked incredible and even though in the past It wouldn’t have been my first choice it’s now definitely up there with my top choices!

Now anyone with children will understand the need for boot space and from the outside you may have your doubts about this car but when it came to putting the pram in I was a bit worried but all of my fears were laid to rest when it just slid in and fitted snuggly!

So that’s it about the physical features now for a bit of technical info!

The car has a top speed of 130 mph and if I had somewhere legal to try to achieve this I have no doubts it would have been easily done!

It does 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds which is amazingly quick for a car like this!

Mine was a 155 bhp petrol (although you can get both lower bhp and a diesel engine)

It’s only little by being 3948 mm in length and 1715 mm in width!

So there you have it there is my review of the Citroën DS3 sport (in bright yellow) I would thoroughly recommend this car to anyone and everyone (as long as you don’t need a people carrier/7 seats! 😀 ) I have really enjoyed my 7 days driving the DS3 and if I had the chance (and the money the version I had retail at about £15,900 but completely worth every penny)

I would like to give massive thanks to Citroen and Performance PR for sending us the Citroen DS3 to try out and review.



1. Ryan - September 23, 2010

I’m not going to lie, I totally skimmed this. I’m SOOOOO not a car person. Sounds like you enjoyed the free ride though 🙂

Just a typical dad - September 23, 2010

Hey I’m not one to complain thank you for skimming! 🙂 and yeah I did thanks!

2. PippaD - September 24, 2010

Unlike Ryan I have read every word. My eyes glazed over and I now have to go and read some books about girl things (like hats or something) to readress the balance.

On the other hand, I love Citroen cars as I already have one. Not as sporty or as yellow as the one that you got to test, but its still made by the same people right?!

Just a typical dad - September 24, 2010

🙂 yeah they are! How did your girly books about bags and shoes etc go??
I didnt see your car when we were at the mads, i think i was to focused on having a go on your ipad! lol

3. Michelle Twin Mum - September 24, 2010

Looks as if you had a fab time, but a banana car – no thanks!

Mich x

Just a typical dad - September 24, 2010

honestly i was exactly the same! but then once i had driven a yellow car its great you get plenty of attention and if your driving a nice car around then thats your main aim! 🙂
The other added bonus was watching out for people playing “the yellow car game” and hitting each other when they see you driving past! i saw it happen multiple times 😀

4. Emma - September 25, 2010

I miss the citroen! Can I add it to my birthday list?

5. Philip Brookes - September 26, 2010

I’m glad you had the opportunity to try this car out and share your review with us! I believe that this is a ground-breaking car for Citroën, and am pleased that your first account stacks up with my expectations based on what I’ve read so far. Here in Australia, Citroën’s got a pretty low profile, but this is one car that could change their image radically and open up new markets for them.

Just a typical dad - September 26, 2010

Hi thanks yeah I think this the break through that Citroën have needed for a while! It’s something that could really appeal to younger generations! Which I feel is where citroën needed to improve there Market.

6. Ms B - December 12, 2010

Yes, great car, I love it BUT don’t get a serious puncture – it is a big disadvantage not to have a spare wheel. Whilst driving through Spain recently, we had a blow-out on the motorway and had to get a truck out to take us to the nearest Citroen dealer at a cost of 100 euros. Once there, they were not able to obtain the type of English tyre fitted, so we had to pay 322 euros to have two Spanish tyres fitted. If there had been a spare wheel, we could have been on our way within 30 minutes.

7. Anthony Hadfield - December 13, 2010

hi i am looking to get one of these cars next year.
we are a family of 4 with both boys in car seats (age 2 & 4) would you say that they would have much room in the back and what is the boot space like (sorry for all the Q’s) would the boot be ok for a fold up buggy and say 3 holdalls???
many thanks


8. Paul Hitchcock - June 27, 2011

“I like Citroens but this is much the best thing they have done”. “Whose is the black car”. These are just two examples of the “DS3 effect”!

Following a new Mercedes SLK a few days ago and realising it was having far more difficulty with a sharp bend than me was a reminder that a DS3 is not just a pretty face. When a touch player like Citroen gets things right it puts the stolidity of the Germano/Asian competition into focus.

My vehicle has the lesser powered of the two diesel options but in the real world it produces short journey times without exceeding speed limits. The cruise control and splendid road holding are the key factors in this.

9. Don - August 6, 2012

This car is being totally overlooked by reviewers here in UK. They even prefer the Suzuki sport, come on, how can anyone call that a sport ? This would leave it standing staying in 4th gear. It is not far behind the Cooper S but think on, that car is around 1400 quid more. My mate has had an S for 18 months now and I tell you his leather seats look like someone has chucked a rotten seal skin over it.
The leather is all out of shape and stretched so looks horrible. No, he is not overweight. So, if that is an example of this cars quality, you can keep it. Even the alloys on the Citroen smacks of pure class. Designed, not just picked off the shelf. One of the best small hot hatches out there and the reviewers are not doing it justice. There is not a car comes near this for performance, class and sheer style in and above this price range. BTW, mine is black with white roof.

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