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DS 3 (2010 to 2019)

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DS 3 (2010 to 2019)

Not a current model

    Summary


    No longer in production, the DS 3 was a compact three-door hatchback and cabriolet model manufactured by DS Automobiles – a spin-off brand owned by Citroën.

    Originally launched in 2010 as the Citroën DS3, the supermini-sized hatchback was part of a three-car family that was shifted across to be part of the new DS Automobiles line-up when it became a standalone brand in 2016.

    The DS 3 range included a number of petrol and diesel engine options, available with either a manual or automatic gearbox, and the line-up also included an uprated Performance model. Like the Fiat 500, the Citroën DS3 (and then the DS 3) was offered with an optional roll-back fabric roof to form a cabriolet version

    In its early years, the Citroën DS3 received many positive review scores from the UK motoring media, described by many as a fun and interesting alternative to the popular Mini hatch. However, by the time it morphed into the more highly chromed DS 3, Auto Express found that it was “starting to feel its age” against newer (and cheaper) contenders in the small car sector.

    Carbuyer highlighted the DS 3 for its “style, fun-to-drive character and well-built interior”, while Evo noted that the car’s wide range of personalisation options makes it stand out in a very populated small car market.

    Towards the end of its production life, the DS 3 fell behind rivals in terms of interior design, infotainment and rather dated safety technology standards – highlighted by its unimpressive three-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

    Parkers also argued that there were more practical options out there for the same price, as the DS 3 had a “laughably small” glovebox, and Carwow asserted that the hatchback had a boot opening that was too narrow and was is “too fidgety over poor road surfaces”.

    Now replaced in the DS Automobiles line-up by the larger DS 3 Crossback, the DS 3 holds a Used Car Expert Rating of 59% based on 42 different reviews from UK media sources.

    DS 3 highlights

    • Distinctive exterior design
    • Early models very competitive against rivals
    • Agile handling
    • Punchy and economical engines
    • Plenty of personalisation options

    DS 3 lowlights

    • DS 3 was no great improvement over original Citroën DS3
    • Not as practical as other superminis
    • Bumpy ride on poor roads
    • Dated interior and infotainment
    • Three-star crash test rating

    Key specifications


    Body style: Three-door hatchback and cabrio
    Engines:
    petrol, diesel
    Price when new:
    From £13,295 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2010
    Last updated: Spring 2018
    Replaced: Summer 2019


    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 3 stars
    Date tested: January 2017
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 69%
    Child protection: 37%
    Vulnerable road users: 55%
    Safety assist: 29%

    The DS 3 hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017, and achieved some below-average scores as part of its overall three-star safety rating.

    While its adult protection score is decent, its child occupant protection is quite poor, and its safety assistance score of 29% reflects that the car does not come with much technology to help avoid a crash in the first place.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    The DS 3 was not lab tested by Green NCAP. Its production life cycle almost completely pre-dated Green NCAP’s existence.

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

    With an overall reliability score of 26% based on extended warranty repair costs, MotorEasy warranty data shows that the DS 3 is very poor when it comes to reliability. This score only accounts for the later DS 3, rather than the original Citroën DS3 model.

    A large part of this poor rating is due to engine repairs, which are very expensive with an average repair cost of nearly £3,000. They’re also the most common problem on the DS 3. This is worth keeping in mind if you are looking at a used DS 3, or already own one.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the DS 3 and Citroën DS3 have received

    2017

    • Diesel Car Magazine – Best Small Second-Hand Buy

    2016

    • Diesel Car Magazine – Used Car of the Year + Best Small Second-Hand Buy

    2011

    • Fleet World Awards – Best Design
    • Top Gear Awards Small Car of the Year

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    The DS 3 is a capable supermini with agile handling and distinctive styling, but now off sale, it is starting to show its age.DS 3 (2010 to 2019)