2015 Citroen DS3 | New Car Review

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 by
2015 Citroen DS3
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 79,500 - 99,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 40%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 70%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 65%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 75%

Review Summary:

A member of the B-segment of the market, the 2015 is a 3 door that goes up against the likes of the Alfa Romeo MiTo and the Audi A1. With prices in favour of the Frenchman, budget conscious buyers are likely to find themselves settling for the DS3, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Pros

* Well priced in comparison to its competitors.
* Broad selection of customisation available.

Cons

* Exterior styling isn't everyone's cup of tea.

Looks

Without much hesitation, it can be proclaimed that the designers at Citroen aren’t a bunch of folks who accept the status quo. Sometimes, their innovative works are wonders, while at other times the results aren’t as spectacular. Flaunting SUV proportions and Hatchback dimensions, the 2015 Citroen DS3 is outright ghastly. While LEDs flank the bumper to give the impression of a broader countenance and 17 inch wheels fill the tire wells neatly, they do little to earn the hatchback points in the aesthetic department.

2015 Citroen DS3 front

Feels

Catered for the trendy youth, the 2015 Citroen DS3 is available in a mind boggling 32 exterior colours and also allows for buyers to customise the colour and design of the roof, door mirrors, gear lever, fascia strip, and mats. Even if colour schemes are chosen conservatively, it’s a neat, simplistic, and practical cabin that can accommodate up to four adults and 285 litres of cargo.

2015 Citroen DS3 interior

Engineering

Fitted as standard equipment across the range, is a chrome-finished roller control that allows occupants to adjust the intensity of the fragrance or turn the system off completely. Yes, the 2015 Citroen DS3 is indeed equipped with an air-freshener that diffuses subtle fragrances around the cabin.

2015 Citroen DS3 front

What’s on offer?

Pushing out 120 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque from its 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine, the Citroen DS3 manages to accelerate to the 100 km/h marker in 10.9 seconds. Mated to a four speed automatic transmission, it sends power to the front wheels and runs out of juice at 190 km/h.

2015 Citroen DS3 rear

Summing it…

The 2015 Citroen DS3 wears a starting price of AED 79,500 and a full loaded price of AED 99,000. While it may be cheaper than both, the Alfa-Romeo MiTo and the Audi A1, the biggest hindrance preventing the Citroen from pulling buyers from its competing models, is its unfortunate exterior design.  You could say first impressions really do count…

2015 Citroen DS3 front

 

Specifications

Specifications2015 Citroen DS3
Engine/ Cylinders1.6 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
120 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
160 Nm @ 4,250 RPM
Tranmission4 speed automatic
DriveFront Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.9 secs
Top speed190 km/h
PriceAED 79,500 - 99,000

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