The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - COM­FORT­ABLE AF­FAIR:

At $36,000 the DS3 DSport is not a cheap runaround. Nor are its ri­vals.

What this new class – in­clud­ing the Mini and Alfa – has done is bring Euro class, gadgets and lux­ury to the com­pact arena.

For those down­siz­ing these are pint­sized ver­sions of big­ger Euro­pean cars; all that’s missing is the ex­tra bulk.


Citroen have long known how to make a front-wheel-drive car work, back to the Trac­tion Avant of 1934. So here there are few tech­no­log­i­cal won­ders to add, aside from to­day’s ubiq­ui­tous elec­tronic brak­ing and trac­tion aids.

There’s a nifty Gear Ef­fi­ciency In­di­ca­tor to tell a driver the best time to change up through the six-speed man­ual.


For a small (3.95m) ma­chine, the DS3 packs in a de­cent amount of space in this stylish three-door body.

OK, so the back seat’s for smaller peo­ple but up front – in a most stylish and use­ful cabin – there’s more el­bow and head room than in its ri­vals.

The ex­te­rior is a piece of Gal­lic art with its ‘‘float­ing roof’’ and ‘‘shark fin’’ B pil­lar, a style hard to miss.


There’s lit­tle missing on the safety front – six airbags and a five-star Euro NCAP rat­ing.


The DSport is a well-bal­anced ma­chine, pretty sure­footed and quite en­ter­tain­ing.

Best of the deal is the steer­ing, with just the right amount of feel, plus quick and ac­cu­rate re­sponses. (Sure there’s some be­nign un­der­steer but that comes with the front-wheel ter­ri­tory.)

This DSport runs the will­ing and tur­bocharged 1.6 litre with the sixspeed man­ual but ini­tially gear­ing feels a lit­tle too tall in lower gears– it’s best to put the boot in.

While 240Nm of torque is said to start from 1400rpm, it’s more like 2500rpm be­fore it all starts to sing and head to­ward its 115kW max­i­mum at 6000rpm with a pleas­ant rush.


The Citroen DS3 DSport is a fresh and wel­come ad­di­tion to this new mob of Euro com­pacts, small but use­ful and very chic.

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