Citroën DS3 hatchback

Price  £12,495 - £21,650

Citroën DS3 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Fun to drive
  • Good engine line-up
  • Stylish design
  • Not as fun to drive as MINI
  • Legroom is tight
  • Costly options

Premium superminis have been all the rage for years now, thanks to the success of the MINI Cooper, and the Citroen DS3 is the French company's offering in this highly competitive market.

It's a sportier and more premium version of the standard C3, and as well as the MINI it competes with the Alfa Romeo MiTo and the Audi A1. It can’t quite match the latter for cabin quality, but the interior is classier than the one you'll find in the MINI. And while it's not quite a match for the MINI in terms of pure driving fun, it does have the Alfa and the Audi beat in this important category.

It comes with a great engine line-up that ranges from an ultra-efficient diesel to a sportier 153bhp turbocharged petrol engine. There was also a top-of-the-range Citroen DS3 Racing, but Citroen limited it to just 200 models, and they have all been sold. It's available in four specification levels: entry-level DSign, mid-range DStyle, DSport and top-spec Ultra Prestige.