So CHIC and CHEEKY

The lat­est hatch from Citroen turns heads, writes Stu­art Martin

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

FUNKY doesn’t al­ways work in cars, but when it’s wear­ing a Citroen badge there’s a chance it will strike a chord. Some things the French brand has done can go over the buy­ing pub­lic’s col­lec­tive head, but the DS3 is un­likely to miss its mark. The head-turn­ing, smile-in­duc­ing ap­peal of the DS3 DSport sug­gests the Citroen crew is on a win­ner.

Value

THE DS3 Dsport six-speed man­ual costs $35,990, but the fea­tures list is ex­ten­sive.

The man­ual sports model gets an alarm (an op­tion on the auto), re­mote-cen­tral lock­ing with deadlock and au­to­matic drive-away lock­ing, a reach and rake ad­justable sports leather steer­ing wheel, cruise con­trol and speed lim­iter.

Also in­cluded are power win­dows, a soundin­su­lated front wind­screen and alu­minium drilled ped­als (stan­dard on the man­ual sports model only).

The DS3 DSport also gets car­pet mats, fil­tered cli­mate con­trol, an MP3 com­pat­i­ble six-speaker sound sys­tem with Blue­tooth iPod in­te­gra­tion, suede/cloth sports seats and a trip com­puter.

The man­ual also gets a ‘‘ gear ef­fi­ciency in­di­ca­tor’’, which is a lit­tle in­con­gru­ous given the sporty na­ture of the hatch.

Head-turner: the Citroen DS3 DSport has ex­ten­sive fea­tures.

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