Citroen DS3R driven
After three very fast hatches on Sunday’s Top Gear, here’s another hot challenger...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
Then you find heaps of grip. How much ultimately I cannot say, because my drive was mostly cold, greasy and wet, and when it wasn't, it was foggy and slushy. But this I know: the steering is a little work of genius. For a start, despite the bigger tyres, torque steer and tramlining are rarely issues. But isolating those things is easy if you calibrate the power steering - especially this new-fangled, and usually numb, electric sort - to isolate everything else. That hasn't happened here. There's a sense of connectedness withthe tyres, of what grip exists and what slip is incipient. I found myself driving it in these frankly lousy conditions with a confidence that made me warm inside. Overdo it and just lift the throttle: the front end will tuck in and the back tyres will take more of their share. It isn't a knife-edge car - again, not the car its looks suggest it is. It's reactive, but it looks after you.