2010 Top Gear Awards: Small Car of the Year
'The DS3 is the car that will lift Citroen right out of the Happy Shopper Basket of Doom'
Posted: 08 Feb 2011
The ride is similarly grown-up, neither confined to a lazy lollop nor shattering crack-down. In fact, when you really start to explore, the DS3 pushes back with a little thrum of Gallic flair. Enthuse at speed, and you can tuck the nose, lift, and cause the rear end to - if not exactly slew sideways - at least give a playful jiggle. This is fun. It might not have the expensively engineered Z-axle brilliance of the Mini (the DS3 has torsion-bar rear suspension, which is cheaper and far more compact than the BMW solution), but its limits are accessed far more freely than the Mini's, making the DS3 seem like a car that always feels like it's on your side. It is, for its completeness and rounded set of abilities rather than any specific one, a bloody triumph.