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Lease a DS DS 3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech Connected Chic 3dr EAT6

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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 64.3
CO2 119 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 9.9 sec
Key Features
Air Con
Sat Nav
Leather Seats
Cruise Control
Immobiliser/Alarm

The DS brand's smallest hatch remains an appealingly sporty prospect. Jonathan Crouch checks out the improved DS3.

Ten Second Review

The DS3 supermini has proved to be a popular succss story over recent years for customers in seatrch of an affordable, sporty and well-finished three-door hatch. It's now a key model for the newly-created DS brand that Citroen has created - and has been regularly improved in recent times with more efficient Euro6-compliant engines, smart new lights on selected versions and some extra hi-tech equipment options. Otherwise, the recipe is much as before, with a three-door-only range of hard-top or Cabrio models, striking practical design both inside and out, a range of proven engines and a huge variety of personalisation options.

Background

This DS3 is a trendy small car in the MINI or Fiat 500 mould. Nothing especially ground-breaking about that, you might think - but stop and consider for a moment. Before this car arrived, established thinking suggested that a fashionable little urban trinket of this kind had to have a 'retro' look, with style harking back to an older classic model: all very nice but also pretty cramped when it came to carrying people and packages. So the DS3 turned that thinking on its head, completely new and practical but also instantly iconic. Other brands have tried the same thing but few have done so with the success hat's been delivered here. In recet times, the formula has been subtly improved. Let's check it out.

Driving Experience

So what's it like to drive? Well, you get in and settle into a sculpted seat that's set sporty and low. Ahead of you, the compact steering wheel feels just right and all the vital dials are set in a deeply-cowled, chrome-edged triple pod. Turn the key and both speedo and rev counter zip around their dials and return to zero. You're ready to go. On the move, it's hard to believe that all the underpinnings of this car are basically borrowed from a conventional Citroen C3 supermini. The lower body and stiffer suspension set-up give this model a very different feel, as does the precisely-weighted electric power steering, offering assistance when you need it and plenty of road feel when you don't. The damping also offers the best of both worlds, making you aware of bumpy surfaces, but spiriting away the aftershock you could do without. It makes a MINI feel about as subtly sprung as a go-kart. Only the rather long-throw gearchange could be slicker. Under the bonnet of mainstream hard-top and Cabrio models, petrol people get the choice of an entry-level 82bhp and 110bhp petrol 'PureTech' 1.2-litre units or various forms of 1.6-litre power, either a 120bhp VTi model or the THP 165 turbocharged unit. That version makes sixty two from rest in just 7.5s on the way to 135mph, so it's as quick as a pricier MINI Cooper S. The major change though, is in the diesel range where more modern 'BlueHDi' 100 and 120bhp units are offered for the first time.

Design and Build

To the uninitiated, the DS3 is still quite a sight. The basic shape of the car is traditional supermini with gentle curves marking its extremities and the wheels pushed out to the corners producing a squat, purposeful stance. The real drama, however, is in the detail. From that 'shark fin' B-pillar and the contrasting roof panel to the vertical strips of LED running lights that flank the front grille and the distinct sill line connecting the wheelarches, the DS3 is ferociously unconventional. It has the look of a concept car but this French brand has built it and you can buy it. With this updated version, buyers of D Sport variants get even trendier LED Xenon headlamps with smart sequential indicators and greater efficiency. For a modern supermini, the DS3 is relatively compact. It's 3950mm long and 1710mm wide, which is similar to the Ford Fiesta, but the designers have worked hard to maintain plenty of interior space. The manufacturer claims there's room for five adults with legroom in the rear enhanced by the slender backs of the driver and front passenger seats. In the tail, the boot of the hard-top version is 285-litres which is large for the supermini class and 60:40 split rear seats give options for extending that capacity. The Cabrio version of course has less space to offer - 245-litres - but that's not bad for a car of this kind. This variant isn't a full convertible: instead, buyers get a concertina-ing fabric top that leaves the sides of the car in place.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £13,500 but there's a premium of just over £2,500 to pay if you want the desirable Cabrio version. The DS brand is is keen to emphasis the amount of technology it has squeezed into the DS3. DSign, DStyle and DSport are the main trim levels and the options list includes items such as cruise control with a speed limiter, a classy MP3-compatible stereo system with a sub woofer in the boot and the MyWay satellite navigation system. Safety equipment includes ESP stability control as standard an advanced ABS braking system and six airbags. Personalisation is a term that is cropping up with increasing regularity when we talk about trendy small cars and this revised DS3 further embraces it with things like a laser-etched dashboard strip and a screen-printed rear window. There are wider colour and wheel options too. As before, the roof, the mirrors, the dashboard, the rubbing strips and the wheels all come in various colours and whichever bodywork colour you choose, you get a matching key fob. Safety-wise, buyers also now get the chance to specify the clever 'Active City Brake' system. Here, a radar scans the road ahead at low speeds as you drive. If a potential collision hazard is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - the car with automatically brake to reduce the severity of any resulting accident.

Cost of Usership

The revised DS3 models get new Euro 6 compliant diesel and petrol engines. Diesel drivers now get the choice of BlueHDi 120 and BlueHDi 100 units, both engines offering more power and lower emissions. Thanks to the use of leading-edge technology, including SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction), NOx emissions are cut by 90%, while CO2aemissions are cut by up to 4%. The BlueHDi 100 variant is class-leading in terms of emissions, producing just 79g/km of CO2. The BlueHDi 120 emits 94g/km of CO2. As well as reducing emissions and delivering greater levels of performance, both engines improve fuel efficiency, boasting figures of up to 94mpg for the BlueHDi 100 and up to 78mpg for the BlueHDi 120 version. The French brand has also developed a Euro 6-compliant entry-level petrol unit, the 'PureTech e-VTi 82 ETG'. Delivering 69mpg over a combined cycle and producing just 95g/km of CO2, this engine comes only with the automated manual ETG (Efficient Tronic Gearbox). The 5-speed 'box features a creep function and optimised software mapping, which adjusts power delivery for smoother starts and a better driving experience.

Summary

The DS3 embodies everything that's good about its brand. Full of original ideas and delightful details, it's a design icon for the modern world. The sporty looks are backed up by an involving drive and, best of all, it's a car you don't have to shed the family to enjoy. It's very individual, very chic and very fashionable: a car of its time.

CO
0.532
CO2 (g/km)
119
HC
0.034
HC+NOx
Not Available
Noise Level dB(A)
68
NOx
0.018
Particles
0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1199
Compression Ratio
10.5:1
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
75
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
90.5
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears
6 SPEED
Number of Valves
12
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
EC Combined (mpg)
64.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
61.4
EC Urban (mpg)
44.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
6.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
39.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
44.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
36.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
45.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
45.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
52.9
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
32.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
32.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
40.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
44.7
Badge Engine CC
1.2
Badge Power
110
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
PureTech
Coin Series
Connected Chic
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
20E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
69
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
37
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
3
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
55
NCAP Safety Assist %
29
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
9.9
Engine Power - BHP
110
Engine Power - KW
81
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
151
Engine Torque - MKG
20.9
Engine Torque - NM
205
Engine Torque - RPM
1750
Top Speed
121
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
205/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear
205/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style
APHRODITE
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Height
1483
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
3948
Wheelbase
2452
Width
1715
Width (including mirrors)
Not Available
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
50
Gross Vehicle Weight
1615
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
Not Available
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
285
Max. Loading Weight
525
Max. Roof Load
70
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1150
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
570
Minimum Kerbweight
1090
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.4
Reversing camera
Electric adjustable door mirrors
Roof colour door mirrors
Roof colour painted door mirrors
6 speakers
Black roof
Solid paint
Front armrest
Rayados cloth upholstery
17" Aphrodite black diamond cut alloy wheels
Compressor with puncture repair kit
Tyre repair kit

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Transmission Automatic Manual Manual Manual Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol/Electric Hybrid
Seats 5 5 5 5 5 5
Doors 3 5 5 5 5 5
CO2 119 g/km 147 g/km 107 g/km 109 g/km 141 g/km 75 g/km
MPG 64.3 43.5 58.9 60.1 45.6 -
BHP 110 200 125 82 190 122
0 to 62 9.9 sec 7.3 sec 10.0 sec 13.2 sec 7.2 sec 13.1 sec

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