Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7" touch screen
  • Bluetooth + USB
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • DS connect box emergency assist system
  • eMyWay Satellite Navigation
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Service interval indicator
  • Variable power steering

Entertainment

  • Arkamys Hi-Fi speakers with digital amplifier and subwoofer
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Steering wheel mounted controls

Exterior Features

  • 3D effect LED rear lights
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome effect rear number plate trim
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Chrome front fog light surround
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Chrome rubbing strips
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable headlamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 12V socket
  • Air filter
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Boot light
  • Chrome door-sill entry guards
  • Driver's seat height adjustment
  • Driver/pass sunvisor/covered courtesy mirrors
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Front door pockets with bottle holders
  • Front reading light
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Gloss black gear knob
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Instrument lighting dimmer
  • Interior mood lighting
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Lashing eyelets in boot
  • Leather handbrake
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Pollen filter
  • Reclining rear seats

Safety

  • 5 three point inertia reel seatbelts
  • ABS + EBD + EBA
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver seatbelt warning indicator
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • ESP
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front passenger's airbag cut off device
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Deadlocks
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote control central locking

Technical

  • Sports suspension

Trim

  • Chrome trim to gear surround and handbrake
  • Gloss black centre console and interior door handle surround

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

104

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1199

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

62.8

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

72.4

EC Urban (mpg)

50.4

General

Badge Engine CC

1.2

Badge Power

110

Based On ID

Coin Description

PureTech 110

Coin Series

DStyle Nav

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

19A

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

120

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

140000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.6

Engine Power - BHP

110

Engine Power - KW

81

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

151

Engine Torque - MKG

20.9

Engine Torque - NM

205

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

118

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/45 R17

Tyre Size Rear

205/45 R17

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

APHRODITE

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1483

Height (including roof rails)

Length

3948

Wheelbase

2452

Width

1715

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1578

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

285

Max. Loading Weight

508

Max. Roof Load

70

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1150

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

570

Minimum Kerbweight

1070

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.2

Summary

Now that the DS sub-brand has gained independence from its Citroen mother, it's understandable that the brand should want to add to the appeal of its best seller - the MINI-rivalling DS3.The first line of attack is to fit this impressive 110PS version of the rather good PureTech three-cylinder engine that PSA (which owns Citroen, Peugeot and DS) has put to such good use in the Peugeot 308. Providing a respectable sub-10-second 0-62mph time and fuel economy in the lower 60s, as well as cheap road tax, the 1.2-litre motor might well now offer the sweet spot in the DS3 range. While the arrival of its PureTech engineering cleverness won't address all this model's foibles, this likeable sporting supermini is a popular car and the higher-tech engine should be enough to keep sales strong as the fledgling DS brand finds its feet.

Background

Although the DS3 used to be a Citroen, the DS brand has been allowed to fly the nest and try to make its own way in the world. These days, you'll find no mention of the word 'Citroen' anywhere on the car. The only hint is the two chevrons on the grille, but they'll be taken out come refresh time. It's a bold move by Citroen, but considering that the DS3 is such a popular car, rivalling the MINI and the Fiat 500 with its stylish aesthetic and younger target market, perhaps we'll see some success come of it. DS is certainly hoping so, but to be successful, you first need a competitive and desirable range. The DS3 has the 'desire' part down to a tee, but the aging engine range for so long fitted to this model was becoming a little stagnant in the fast-moving world of automotive engineering. Today though, this car has more up-to-date oily bits and here we're looking at one of the more enticing of the powerplant options, a 110PS version of the Peugeot-Citroen alliance's fruity 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine. This replaces the old 1.6-litre VTi unit, which may have had 10PS more power but lost out to the newcomer in terms of torque.

Driving Experience

The three-cylinder PureTech engine has already been lauded in the press for its sterling service in the Peugeot 308, so a 110PS version appearing in the DS3 is a welcome addition to the range, especially in place of the old, naturally aspirated 120PS VTi unit. In terms of handling, the drive should be as sharp as ever. With an immediate response to inputs from the helm, the '3' is an enjoyable B-road blast, and that enjoyment shouldn't be hindered by the 110's performance figures. Even though the 110PS PureTech powerplant has less outright power than the unit it replaced, it's torquier, with 205Nm taking it from nought to 62mph in 9.6 seconds and up to a 118mph top speed. It should be smooth, too, because Peugeot-Citroen has gone to great lengths to make the little engine immensely well balanced, thus negating the off-beat thrum normally associated with three-pots. Those choosing the convertible will be rewarded most, because the engine's characterful buzz at high revs will permeate into the cabin and give it an eager, sporty feel.

Design and Build

While the engine under the bonnet and the badging on top of it may have changed, not much else about this current DS3 is much different from the original. It's still as thoroughly modern as ever and judging by the fact that it's becoming a common sight on British roads, the popularity doesn't seem to have diminished. The real advantage of the DS 3 has always been that it's more functional than the Fiat 500 or the MINI - both of which are more 'retro' in their design but attract the same kind of buyers - without being any less stylish. With usable rear seats and a decently sized luggage bay, the '3' is still the most practical machine in its class. From the driving seat, the DS3's cabin is busy, with a plethora of buttons and displays. It's all a bit overwhelming at first but you get used to it and then everything is fairly logically arranged. Build quality is fair to middling, with some very tactile buttons and leather offset by the odd swathe of cheap and nasty plastic. The seats aren't brilliant either, holding you in well but never managing to be that supportive or comfortable.

Market and Model

This PureTech engine is offered on most of the DS3 trim levels. Inevitably perhaps, the bottom-rung 'DSign' model is still only available with the basic 82PS 1.2-litre petrol unit, but the popular mid-range 'DStyle' and 'DStyle Nav' models are both offered with this 1.2-litre 110PS petrol powerplant. Prices start from around £17,000 for the 'DStyle' hatchback, with the convertible costing another £2,000. At this trim point, you'll get alloy wheels, air conditioning, a 7in touchscreen, cruise control, gloss black inserts on the dash and LED daytime running lights. Spending a further £1,000 on the 'DStyle Nav' model will buy you 17in two-tone alloy wheels, satellite navigation and rear parking sensors. Both trims are offered with a six-speed automatic gearbox, and that will set you back an extra £1,500. Customisation plays a key role in the DS3's appeal, so options are plentiful and include various bright paint jobs, decals and contrasting roof colours, as well as more common peripherals such as a reversing camera, an improved stereo, an armrest and a spare wheel.

Cost of Ownership

The real advantage of the smaller turbocharged engine is not performance but fuel consumption. Returning 62.8mpg with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and emitting CO2 at the rate of 107g per kilometre (104g/km for the soft-top),the PureTech unit is a genuinely economical little car. Even a much smaller VW Up with its 75PS 1.0-litre engine will only return just over 60mpg. Choosing the automatic gearbox will have a detrimental effect on your fuel consumption though, albeit only a minor one. For the soft-top, fuel economy drops to 57.6mpg, but the hard-top's figure isn't quite so badly affected, falling from the same 62.8mpg as the convertible to 60.1mpg. CO2 emissions will suffer marginally too, rising to 108g/km for the fixed-roof variant and 112g/km for the folding-top model. Even so, road tax will still cost you tens of pounds a year, rather than hundreds. Because the performance is peppy enough without being too lairy, insurance costs should be low too, and because DS is still only really a sub-brand of Citroen and shares dealerships, you'll be paying sensible, mainstream manufacturer prices for servicing and maintenance.