While the original DS3 was a supermini pinned against the Mini Cooper, the new one has become a crossover and is targeting the likes of the Audi Q2, Mini Countryman and BMW X2.
Named the DS3 Crossback, it has several unique design elements, both inside and out, like the sharp creases that merge together with soft lines at the front, pop-out door handles and many diamond-shaped elements in the cabin.
Citroen’s premium car brand chose to go with several touch-sensitive buttons, so accessing some functions will make drivers take their eyes off the road. Front and over-the-shoulder visibility are obstructed by the head-up display and odd-shaped rear doors, respectively, and space at the back is very cramped for adults. Furthermore, the cargo capacity is not on par with some of its rivals, so you may want to pack light when going away for the weekend.
In spite of these letdowns, the DS3 Crossback might cheer you up with the good balance between comfort and responsiveness, as well as with some of the engines available. The 155 PS (153 hp / 114 kW) 1.2-liter petrol is the most powerful of the range, but you can also get the small crossover with the 130 PS (128 hp / 96 kW) and 100 PS (99 hp / 74 kW) versions of the same mill. A Blue HDi diesel, rated at 100 PS (99 hp / 74 kW) and paired exclusively to a manual transmission, is also available, along with the all-electric E-Tense.
UK pricing starts at a little over £22,000 ($28,120/€25,450), whereas for the Ultra Prestige reviewed below, you will have to fork out over £31,500 ($40,270/€36,440). The range-topping La Premiere will set you back £39,490 ($50,482/€45,685), or £3,365 ($4,301/€3,893) more than the 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) Audi SQ2.