The 2015 Citroen DS3 has gone on sale sporting an updated, more powerful, more efficient engine, more safety features and a refined range that packs higher level of standard specification but at an increased cost.
The updated new-look Citroen DS3 gets the new-generation Euro-6 compliant turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, now with 121kW of power and 240Nm of torque. Citroen says it will do 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds and claims fuel usage of 5.6 litres per 100km. The lower output D style variant has been dropped.
That also means the updated Citroen DS3 is available solely with a manual gearbox, with Citroen Australia not wanting to sell the four-speed automatic (which was only available in the lower-output D Style), opting instead to wait for a new-generation automatic, which at this stage has no definite arrival time.
The DS3 measures 3950mm long, 1990mm wide and sits 1480mm tall. It has a turning circle of 10.4m, with a boot size of 285L, offering 60:40 split-fold rear seats. It weights 1140kg (+25kg for the rag-top Cabrio model).
The car rides on pseudo McPherson front suspension with a flexible transverse beam at the rear. Seventeen-inch Michelin sport tyres measuring 205mm-wide are standard as before.
One of the more interesting additions to the new Citroen DS3 is the active city brake system, which will automatically apply the brakes between speeds between 0-31km/h. Citroen claims it can prevent an accident up to 28km/h and will mitigate the impact at speeds between 28-31km/h. It works from about 10 metres away using a laser mounted in the windshield.
Apart from the active safety systems, there’s also six airbags and a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
The previous model started at $29,740, however Citroen Australia says that the great majority of DS3s sold were priced around $32,000, meaning options were very much part of the purchase decision for the buyer group.
In fact, Citroen Australia national sales manager Shaun Mackle says that base models and price-point focused vehicles don’t work for Citroen buyers. According to Mackle, the brands buyers have made a considered decision to buy from the French marque and want the full 'Citroen experience'.
As such, the updated DS3 basically has no option packs, with almost everything included as standard kit, but the price now starts at $33,990 (plus on-road costs) for the hatch and $36,590 (plus on-road costs) for the Cabrio (the latter previously $32,990).
Citroen Australia says the hatch represents $5550 more value than before, for a price increase of $4250. The Cabrio does the same with a price increase of $3600.
The list of new features or those that have been added as standard now includes:
- Updated 1.6-litre turbo-petrol drivetrain with stop/start technology
- LED and xenon headlights with sequential indicators
- Active City Brake
- Rear-view camera with static guide lines
- Rear parking sensors
- Tyre pressure monitors
- New 17-inch ‘Aphrodite’ alloy wheels
- Automatic headlights and wipers
- Electrically heated and folding door mirrors
- Electrochromatic rear view mirror
The 7.0-inch infotainment screen is also standard with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
Citroen Australia says it will offer up to 200 individualised types of DS3 when the exterior, interior and roof colours are considered.
Citroen says that compared with its direct competitors, the equivalent Audi A1 ($32,350) and Mini Cooper S ($36,960), the DS3 represents 13 per cent better value than the Audi and 16 per cent better value than the Mini.
Apart from higher levels of standard kit, the most important feature attached to the new DS3 is Citroen’s six-year warranty, which is double that of its mentioned competitors.
For the Francophiles, it's worth noting that the 2015 Citroen DS3 is still badged as a Citroen in Australia, while elsewhere the model exists under the DS brand.
|Model||RRP||Change||Additional incl value|
|DS3 DSport hatch||$33,990||+$4250||+$5550|
|DS3 DSport Cabrio||$36,590||+$3600||+$5550|