CITROEN wants to cash in on the Fiat 500C and Mini Convertible’s success. But have they done it? Jon Reay reports
What is it?
The convertible version of Citroen’s popular premium hatchback, the DS3. Don’t get too carried away, though – it’s more akin to the Fiat 500, or dare we say it the 2CV, than a full-on drop-top like the Mini Convertible.
What’s under the bonnet?
There are only three petrols for now: A new three-cylinder, and two 1.6-litres with either 122bhp or 155bhp. The latter, which we drove, hits 60mph in just over seven seconds and goes on to 133mph.
What’s the spec like?
We haven’t been given a confirmed list, but given the same trim levels we’d expect nothing to change from the DS3 hatchback. The cabrio gets a roof which can be retracted at speeds up to 75mph, standard rear parking sensors. There are new upholstery choices, while some fancy ‘3D effect’ rear lights also set it apart from the hatchback. Prices are expected to be around the £19,600 mark.
What’s it like to drive?
There’s no scuttle-shake like on traditional drop-tops, and although the steering could be a bit more direct, the DS3 remains an enjoyable car to drive. Refinement is also excellent, with the new soundproofed fabric roof said to keep out just as much noise as the standard hatchback’s.
What do the press think?
What Car? said: ‘It’s not cheap, but we think the Citroen’s bigger and classy interior, and more generous standard spec, is just enough to give it the edge over the Mini Convertible’.
What do we think?
Aside from the slightly daft boot opening that’s more a means to an end, it’s an impressive package. The roof is clever, and it does make the car feel about twice as special.