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Citroen DS3 DSport (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed April 2011

The DS3 DSport is far and away the most charismatic and involving Citroen we’ve driven in ages.

At the heart is an energetic (115 kW, 240 Nm) 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated with a sweet-shifting six-speed manual gearbox.

What makes the DSport so engaging is the accommodating torque span, 1400-4000 rpm, which ensures the hot hatch pulls strongly in any gear. Zero to 100 km/h takes 7.3 seconds. Unlike a number of sporty, front-wheel-drive offerings, there’s no torque steer to spoil the handling and the ride quality is impressive – firm, but compliant.

A spacesaver spare wheel and poorly located cruise control are minor criticisms.

Citroen DS3 DSport 2011

For

Sporty drive, anti-retro styling

Against

Spacesaver spare, minor ergonomic issues

Key features

17” alloys, cooled glovebox, remote central locking, alarm, lights on security delay, tinted glass, pollen filter, scented air-freshener diffuser, auto airconditioning, MP3 compatibility, CD player with six speakers, auxiliary input.

Safety

ABS, EBD, EBA, ESC, TC, front/side/curtain airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners

Car Details

Vehicle make Citroen
Vehicle model DS3 DSport
Vehicle type Sports Under $80,000
Year 2011
Price when new $35,990
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 1.6-litre turbo, petrol, 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.