In-depth Reviews

Citroën DS3 owner reviews

"The DS 3 stands out in the upmarket supermini market thanks to its practicality, style, fun-to-drive character and well built interior"

Carbuyer Rating

2.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

68%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 6reviews
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  • 12reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Brakes, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Brakes (2 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (3 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine, Other (2 cases)
  • Electrics (4 cases)
  • Other (6 cases)
  • Engine (7 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Suspension, Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

DStyle

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

48
Review
For the first year this car surpassed my expectation but after that it went downhill. A number of problems, not covered by the warranty. A suspension clip broke and they confiscated the car for a week as it was not fit to drive - i felt i was lucky to be alive, just after a weeks holiday in the Lakes. Brakes needed work even with a very low mileage - then i started having problems with the seat movement - the investigation costs £750, and is a common problem - at this point I gave up. The dealership was expensive and last event cost me £112 to fix an oil leak which involved a 57p seal. The build is poor - it had an unfathomable rattle. Things fells off. It has lowered my opinion of French cars after driving a Peugot for some years (built in The UK then of course)

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

Petrol

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
After having car for 1 year my abs pump and control unit went on car despite car only having 30000 on clock rang main dealer where I bought car couldn't be more arrogant and less helpful disgusted with their service and disgusting quote of £ 1475.00 to fix. Got rid of car; pile of rubbish - dealer even worse.
Reliability

1 out of 5

Rubbish
Performance

1 out of 5

What performance ?
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Very poor for a small car 38 miles per gallon rubbish

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Was a great car, until it started its engine fault problem. Currently waiting for Citroen to give their opinion, but it has fuel sensor issue, fan cooling issue (the fan runs constantly), time and date are flashing and it won't accelerate at all (even though it's a turbo engine). Really not happy with car, or with service from Citreon dealerships. Avoid at all costs.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54
Review
so far so good
Running Cost

5 out of 5

motability

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Running Cost

5 out of 5

about 50 pounds for a full tank

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Year of registration

2011

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
An amazing car, with plenty of pros. Wanted to write a review and say how amazed we are with the safety concept of the car. We managed to spin and flip in an accident, and looking at the pics we are amazed we got out of it with minor injuries!! I was 10 weeks pregnant when the crash happened but i was so protected and the baby is totally fine! Airbags deployed on impact as they should and the seats protected our body from moving around. Thank you very much Citroen.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
No issues in 36000 miles

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

58
Review
Excellent
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Excellent

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Review
Have only had the car for 6 weeks. But all good so far.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Have only had the car for 6 weeks. So 44mpg is good I think. So obviously no service due for a while

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

41.7
Review
Never had an issue
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Phenomenal economy for a 1.6 turbo

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dsport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Completely agree with top gear and fifth gear awarding the ds3 the small car of the year - i love mine!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dstyle, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
It's head turning, fun, funky, new and a great reliable drive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Not long had my ds3 but really like the performance and look of the car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSport 1.6 THP, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
It's a well build, stylish, practical, comfortable, fun to drive car. Little bigger but far more spacious than a mini and far more comfortable. Deservedley the top gear car of the year, and definately mine.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

THP D Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dsport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Build quality is far better than any car I have driven, including test drives, the out side looks amazing the in side looks amazing. I have had the car since July 2011 with 7k on the clock, still not one rattle even with all the pot holes there are along the country roads I drive. Reliability is basically the same story, it drives well no matter what (dry, wet, ice and snow). I have hit some thick snow and with 155bhp I was scared to do so, but i felt fine driving. ESP showed up a couple times, but as for how it felt I just didnt notice any sliding so it took care of itself. I have really given this car some pedal to the ground and no complaints, I feel this care is so well built (Citreon believe in it as well as 3 year service is only £199). I worried when buying a Citreon I would have never have thought I would be driving one ever in my life, but what a little beast this is. I love Citreon now! (or more so the DS range) and this will keep me happy until I start a family and need that extra room, even though this could handle a couple children but a 5door would be better (DS4 would do the job perfectly)
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I have not yet had to have a service, but when I do I dont need to worry 3 years service pack is only £199. I havent had any work done on it but I know the tires will cost when I need new, but thats my fault for having 17inch low profiles. fuel wise I am really happy I am saving an extra £40 a month on petrol, what I was spent with my 1.2 fiesta (used to spend £140). Best thing is even with a great saving, I am still able to have fun in this car and not feel the burn in my pocket. Plus been 21 I am pay £700 on insurance, if get quotes for other cars in its power range (Mini Cooper S, A1 Sline, Polo GTI, Abarth Punto Evo and etc) I am looking over £1200 atleast. So for a young driver like me, I am completely surprised at everything I am paying out and I dont think I could be happier.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Dstyle Plus, , Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

Every thing about the car is well made, but the PSA/BMW engine is noisy on cold startup.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I'm am averaging 37ish urban MPG which is better than quoted.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Racing, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Excellent
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Much better economy than expected

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

DSport Plus, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

So far so good; no issues
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Great economy and huge service intervals

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

the finish and standards are very high. It gives you the feeling of being safe as you drive it.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I've changed from a petrol engine to a diesel and my costs have dropped dramtically im payinf slightly more for insurance but still getting better mpg etc.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Sport, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

No problems to date
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Servicing with dealership as part of warrenty is overpriced

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

d sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

dstyle, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

best citroen ive owned quality is really good mileage is brilliant
Running Cost

5 out of 5

very cheap to run

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

white edition, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

very well put together, definately feels better than most Citroens. Still niggly rattles inside the car let it down.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

my diesel easily does 60 mpg which is great considering its got some poke

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.6 sports

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New
Review
An absolutely beautiful car to look at inside and out. However, I've had nothing but trouble with engine management faults over past year for a car that had only 20,000 miles on the clock. Two recalls for the thermostat and cooling pump, too. It has cost me over £1,000 to repair and needed repeated trips to the workshop for a coil pack and a sensor to do with emissions. When it did run right it was fab but sadly I lost faith in it and realised it could cost a small fortune. I'm disappointed overall. It's a lovely looking car but the engine seems delicate and unreliable.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DStyle Plus 1.6 VTI 120 Manual

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Absolutely fantastic car! Not a rattle or problem at all and as a 17 year old the insurance is very good, even without a black box. With this particular model, there are lots of features, such as the electric folding mirrors and the automatic lights and wipers, that make the experience of driving it very relaxing and enjoyable. The seats are lovely and comfortable and the ride is very smooth. I also get a lot of people commenting on how good it looks and how stylish it is, especially with the roof being a different colour to the rest of the car. The garage (W.R.Davies) were very helpful when purchasing the car and made the whole experience very easy and stress free. Very good car overall and would definitely recommend.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

115 DSport Plus Diesel H-Di

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52
Review
Every owner of this car loves it and I've lost count of how many people compliment the look of the car, especially when I had happy yellow. So its popular too. But I've noticed that at first the DS3 had loads of equipment as standard, but now these are optional extras, so i guess Citroën didn't know how successful this car would be. It's popular with both men and women and for less than £20,000 there is nothing with the specifications that come as standard. Everything else that I've looked at doesn't have the same quality as the Citroën. Plus it looks fantastic and lots of fun to drive.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

62

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

62

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

ds3 sport

Year of registration

13

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
I lease this car for my driving instructor job, this is my 2nd ds3 and will be my last, after covering 15000 miles in 4 mths the car started to show elec fault which was caused by the wiring harness catching the seat frame and causing a short, the whole harness had to be changed, however there was no parts in the uk so the part had to ordered and the manufactured in France[ so was off the road for just over 2 weeks and then after another week the fan belt tensioners gave up and these had to be changed, off the road again for a car costing this price and being only 4-5 months old not a happy instructor. I have in the past used A ford [ no problems in 3 years ] a corsa no problems in 18 months ,

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
No problems whatsoever
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Quite good economy, dealer servicing expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
has completely stoped for no reason,battery had to e disconnected

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

53
Review
It is a very reliable little car had no problems with it.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cheap to tax, can be economical on fuel and cheap on insurance. Very pleased with running costs

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
no problems so far
Running Cost

5 out of 5

good mpg and only Ł20 road tax

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Review
Brought new thp155+ ds3 , after 7 months had new cam chain, and since then a new light sensor, turbo pump, temperature sensor, and some new wiring, and now another cam chain. Don't touch the petrol engines, Citroen won't take car back. Not happy. But saying that, nice looking car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

d style, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Very chic

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

d sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fab

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

D Style, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fantastic, best car that i have ever owned. so much better than the bmw mini that i had before this one.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Style, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

D-Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Reliability

3 out of 5

There are now numerous squeaks and rattles, however the car is holding up well generally.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

The MPG figure is poor, there is very small chance of achieving the manufacturers claimed figures. It will do 50 MPG at 70 on the motorway but at 80 its down to 35

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

DSPORT, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

2 out of 5

Car has been back to dealer 5 times due to a limp mode activation. First time 'The fuel level dropped too low'. Second and third times 'Just needed resetting'. Fourth time 'One of the cylinders isnt firing properly'. Fifth time, new engine. Since new engine fitted (<500miles ago) no problem.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Uses more than expected despite relaxed driving style.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

VTi, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

The car rattles in various places, all build quality. The built in sub makes the whole boot rattle and the glovebox will and dash will rattle. My exterior rubbing strip fell off amd my passenger seat belt broke within the first month. The drivers door control for the wong mirrors is lose (handle surround)
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Guess this was to be expected not getting a diesel ;-)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Style plus, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

So far never had no problems with reliability and more than happy with the build quality
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Very economical, I drove from islington to Harlow, Harlow to Dover, Dunkirk to just inside the Belgium border, then drove the reverse journey, amount of fuel used just under £40 for just over 350 miles.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

D Style, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

Excellent not problems at all
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Very economical

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

ds3white ltd ed, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues 22k miles mixed driving
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Excellent mpg if driven conservatively but difficult as fun car to drivr!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

dsign, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

no issues at all, good mpg, sounds good- nothing broken so far
Running Cost

5 out of 5

very good mpg

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

DSTYLE (WHITE), 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

SQUEEK ON SEAT, RATTLE ON GLOVE BOX
Running Cost

4 out of 5

RUNNING COSTS GOOD FOR WHAT I USE IT FOR.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

black & white, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

hdi, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

no problems apart from a recall slight rattle on dash
Running Cost

5 out of 5

£30 road tax good mpg 60-68 mpg

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Racing, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

1 out of 5

Had an engine fault from new, Citroen now decide after 6 months that it needs a new engine which won't be fitted until January 2012 (now Nov 2011)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6hdi D-style

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I have loved this car from the day I purchased it. Easy to drive, luxury interior, brilliant for long trips, quick acceleration, very light steering. No problems at all. Boot is larger than it looks. Cannot rate this car highly enough.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.6 155thp

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
Lovely car to drive but too unreliable to recommend. Timing chain was replaced at 9,000 miles, again at 20,000 miles and then again at 23,000 miles at £500 a pop all due to poor design as the tensioners were breaking. The fuel tank was replaced at 19,000 miles due to leaks and sender unit making up it's own fuel readings. Citroen attempted to fix this 4 times so took to an independent garage, where the fuel tank was replaced. (Also got fed up of the £70 a time Citroen diagnostics) The paintwork around the mirrors is corroding and peeling off. Citroen did everything they could to avoid repairing paintwork so ended up doing it at my own expense. Unfortunately is currently on my drive awaiting repairs, at 24000 miles the fuel pump has broken and there is now a problem with the electrics. Expected cost of at least £500 to £1000 to fix.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

Sport

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
I bought this with only 3,000 miles on the clock and it was good for two years, but then I noticed a rattle on the engine. This turned out to the timing chain at 13000 miles. I took the car into the dealership, who wanted around £300 to diagnose the fault, and wanted another£900 to carry out the repair. We told the dealer to contact Citroen customer care as we are not at all happy and a timing chain should not go on a car that has only done 13,000 miles. To be fair the dealer did and informed us Citroen will pay 35% of the repair. We agreed to this as we wanted the car back sooner than later. The repair was carried out and we paid approx £630. We asked for the contact details for Citroen customer care and address. The dealership asked why, we told them we are still not happy and intend to take this up with Citroen. All this was around June 2017. We wrote a letter to Citroen setting out our concerns and dissatisfaction, and then went on holiday for two weeks. On our return we had response from Citroen. The letter read along the lines that they are surprised we had to write to them on this matter as they they had instructed the dealership that the full cost of the repair (£900) will be borne by Citroen. This was good news, but it still took another four weeks to get the money from the dealership. Now we are into March 2018. We took the car in for a MOT. It failed on emissions at 16,000 miles. We have been told by various sources a car that has such low mileage should never fail an MOT on emissions at just five years old. So we went back to the dealership again. They wanted £90 to carry out the diagnostic check, which was carried out. We received a phone call from informing us it was the temperature sensor. Before it went in for the MOT we had noticed that the car was not getting to temperature, and had decided to have this looked at on the next service. (Might add though we have the car serviced by an independent garage for which have complete trust with). The cost of this repair would be £150.00 approx. We told the dealership to go ahead. We then had a second phone call from the dealership, who informed us that the fault was now the temp sensor housing, which will now cost £650.00. You can now imagine we are not all happy. Then another phone call form the dealership, the fault was now the catalytic converter which is now a repair bill in access of £1350.00. We complained bitterly about and told the dealership to again contact Citroen Customer Care. We have a result although again not happy. Citroen agreed to pay for the catalytic converter, so now we still have a bill for £708.00 which included another MOT test. As we could not drive the car home as our insurance would be void. So another letter will be going onto Citroen, to complain about the dealership as if I had complained they would be very happy to relieve me of the full £1350.00 repair bill. Makes you wonder how high the repair bill would have gone. When I have written the next letter. I will continue with this saga and let you know the outcome.
Reliability

3 out of 5

Hasn't broken down yet
Performance
Car does go well. In fact, after the timing chain was repaired the car seemed to go better.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Fuel consumption increased when temp sensor failed

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSport

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Trading in a 13 year old Mazda 6 and spotted this very stylish Citroen. Had it for about 4 months and love it. Lots of compliments about its appearance, very economical, roomy and great acceleration. Only small negatives are lack of in car storage space and no cup holders but I can live with that. Nicest car I've ever had!
Reliability

5 out of 5

5
Performance

5 out of 5

4
Running Cost

5 out of 5

5

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Citroën DS3 Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream DStyle

Year of registration

2012

Bought Car

New
Review
Can anyone advise what the sound system is like on on the Citroën DS3 Hatchback 1.6 e-HDi 90 Airdream DStyle?

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Its good on fuel, better than my last diesel engine. Not had to have any spare parts yet.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

53
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Nowhere near acheiving advertised mpg

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Always starts and runs well
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Only diesel needed so far

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
So good this is my second DS3
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Superb nothing to grumble

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

63

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

63

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
no problems so far
Running Cost

4 out of 5

seems cheap to run

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

dsign 1.4

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45.5
Review
Absolutly love my car! So comfy and stylish. Very cheap to run but also quite nippy, love it so much im selling it and buying a new dsport as has more extras and bigger as going to be doing motorway work. The 1.4 dsign is perfect for a run around car but isnt the best on fuel when on long journeys (35mpg). This car is a must buy :)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Sporty and clean lines very good running costs no road tax. Very nippy around town.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
My ds3 thp is absolutely brilliant! It's great fun to drive, with a terrific blend of performance, handling and ride comfort, funky to look at (especially in yellow and black!), Stylish, comfortable and well-equipped on the interior, and it has been 100% reliable over the first year of ownership. Citroen has got it's mojo back!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSPORT, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Superb, great to drive & ride in. Well built and totally reliable

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Economical and fantastic fun to drive, with styling that sets it apart from other cars. With no road fund licence fee to pay makes it the best car i have owned.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSIGN White, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Very nice car, it stands out from the crowd, a real head turner.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Nicely packaged hot hatch

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

D Sport Plus, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

DStyle Plus, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Very well finished with high specification. Build quality excellent
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Excellent pulling power. Recommended gear indicator helps save fuel

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

DSport Plus, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

4 out of 5

Currently has hesitation issues which main dealer has failed to cure on 3 attempts
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Being the 1.6 turbo engine, it can be driven economically but also has the power when required

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

dsport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

23000 and not one problem, great build and performance
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cheap tax and great mpg

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

very good
Running Cost

4 out of 5

very good on long runs

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Sitting behind the wheel it feels like a much bigger car than it is with a premium quality ambience.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Considering it feels so sporty and nimble 60MPG+ in everyday driving is a reality.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

D Style, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

I am a driving instructor who has now cover 22k mile and has been 100% reliable.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Manage 54mpg with almost all urban driving and with a roof box.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

1.6 THP

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
My DS 3 has cost me a fortune. First the timing chain cost £13,00, then a fuel pump and other works to the engine cost me £600 and now an engine de-coke at £2,000. Its only done 40,000 miles! Several times Citroen has damaged the vehicle further when in repair and have refused to do anything about it. Citroen has been useless. Very expensive with poor customer service. This car has cost me a fortune and is unreliable.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

1.6 sport plus

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
Bought my car new last year to find out only 2 days later it was accident damaged. I was horrified and the dealer swapped it for another car then 9 weeks ago the engine went pop they rebuilt it but still didn't no what caused it. I sold the car back to them today very unhappy and lost my deposit.
Reliability

1 out of 5

Not reliable at all.
Performance

1 out of 5

Slow.
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Good on fuel.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Would desire more mpg

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

49
Review
Citroen have a bad press, as do all French cars - I was sceptical about having one. However the car has been fantastic, obviously no breakdowns yet, but things like no squeaks and rattles mean I can happily give this car a 5
Running Cost

5 out of 5

For a car that does 0-60 in 7 seconds, it will easily do an average 50 mpg, which is very efficient in my opinion for a 1.6 turbo petrol engine. I used to have a 1.0 Polo, but this DS3 is actually more efficient!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44.3
Review
all good, no faults...
Performance

4 out of 5

Good for a small engine

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Review
Only just done 7,000 miles, But fuse blew for the windscreen wipers after 3 months and discovered Citroen only supplied 3 spare fuses, not which were suitable, so I had to swap my fuses around so I could use the wipers. Dealer told me Citroen as a policy don't supply spare fuses. Also 'ipod' connectivity, which is actually a USB slot, is prone to not working.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Can't really comment as I'm doing less than 2,500 miles a year

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6 HDI 115 AirDream Diesel

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
Bought this for my 18 year old, couldn't insure for a decent price till 19. Very nippy - alot faster than acclaimed 9.7 seconds to 60 more like 7.5/8. Returning 48 mpg doing short trips around town which is amazing. Gorgeous looking, interior is unbelievable ans as its the DSport model.the seats are so comfy (frinds saying never been in a car so comfy and the posture of the back) Overall 10/10 amazing performance ans economy mixed with style and looks. Very impressed.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SPORT, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Fantastic

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSign, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
This is my 3rd citroen and so far the best. For a small car it has been fantastic. I really like how i was able to make it my own. It is a delight to drive in a variety of situations whether it be city or long motorway journeys. I am also very impressed with just how solid the build quality is as well.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
The citroen ds3 1.6 thp dsport is an amazing small car. It has sporty handling without being too hard (slightly jittery ride on bumps), it is comfortable on the motorway and the in-car entertainment - sat/nav system is more than adequate. Fuel consumption is reasonable if performance is taken into account. In terms of practicality, it has plenty of space for 4 adults and their luggage (as long as they are around and below 6 ft tall). And then there's the design flair which is evident everywhere you look both on the inside and the outside. Quality of build seems to be very good and approaching teutonic standards. In conclusion: Pros: great engine and gearbox package, spacious, design flair, quality, playful handling, running costs. Cons: thirsty when pushed, jittery ride on urban roads with bumps and potholes.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

DSport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
My ds3 thp is absolutely brilliant! It's great fun to drive, with a terrific blend of performance, handling and ride comfort, funky to look at (especially in yellow and black!), Stylish, comfortable and well-equipped on the interior, and it has been 100% reliable over the first year of ownership. Citroen has got it's mojo back!

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

THP DSport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review