This Citroen’s no citron
small, but it struggles with a full complement of four adults aboard. Some small cars are also compromised when it comes to features, but not the DS3 in this case. It had air, cruise, sixspeaker sound, alloy wheels and fog lamps.
It was also on the money when it came to safety with ABS braking, ESP stability control, and front, head and side airbags standard, all of which added up to a five-star tick from ANCAP.
As we’ve written before, buying a Citroen should be a considered decision, not one driven by emotion.
While it’s an old and respected brand in its home country, and loved by a few fanatics here, it’s had a somewhat chequered history in this country. Over the years it has come and gone, different distributors have handled the brand, and dealers have changed. That said, it’s been relatively stable for some time now, which should give buyers some comfort.
Before buying a Citroen check where you would get it serviced; dealers aren’t on every street corner. Consider an independent specialist, hopefully a factory-trained mechanic who has struck out on his own after spending time learning the brand with a dealer.
Consider having your potential choice checked by an expert in the brand, one who is familiar with the quirks. Thoroughly test drive it to make sure you’re comfortable with the choice, driving it in as many varying situations as possible.
Look for evidence of crash damage, making sure repairs are up to scratch. Also look for oil leaks around the engine, check the oil, get down and look at the tyres for even wear and signs of having been thrashed. Make the usual checks for a service record; it’s vital for a long life that a car has been serviced as per the recommended service schedule.
Worth a look if you want to be different. It’s solid, with decent performance and vice-like grip on the road.