James May on the Citroen DS3
The Citroen DS was a true French goddess, so how divine (or Gallic, for that matter) is the new DS3? Le Capitain Lentement investigates...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
Here is a car, says Citroen, that ‘places desire at the heart of the motoring experience'. Its styling team worked with three keywords in mind: surprise, appeal and vitality. This sort of thing is cobblers. No one ever works with the words grey, loveless and Stalinist, although you might think they're pinned on the wall at Proton. What the DS3 is, in fact, is happy, contemporary and guardedly funkadelic.
But luxurious, as its maker seems to be claiming? Not sure. In the hierarchy of requirements for a luxury lifestyle experience, time must come first, followed by space, and then light and air and, finally, nice upholstery. The DS3 is still a fairly small car, but it is cleverly packaged to provide five proper seats and a boot that the Mini and Fiat can't even begin to match. And the trim is tasty.