A stunning performance for the Citroen DS3’s debut – not only was the car crowned king of the superminis, knocking the Honda Jazz from its top spot, but it ranks fourth overall.
So what did owners love about it? An awful lot, it seems; they rated it best against all rivals in two thirds of categories. The DS3’s quirky styling pleased them most, and they gave their highest scores for visual appeal.
Owners also relished spending time in the car, enjoying the attractive instrument panel, quality trim and upholstery, and sound system. Comfort was rated highly, too, with an easy-to-adjust driver’s seat, snug seatbelts and effective heating and air-con systems.
The car really excelled once the engine was started, with owners reporting sprightly acceleration and a good, strong engine with enough grunt to keep the car up to speed with other traffic.
The dealers got positive comments, too; Citroen’s network was praised for its clean facilities and professionalism. The accolades didn’t stop there, either, with DS3 owners claiming to enjoy the lowest fuel costs and service and repair bills in the segment.
The car wasn’t without its problems, but even some of the more serious common complaints, regarding noisy brakes and engine issues, weren’t enough to dent owners’ appreciation of their cars.