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
The options list here might be the successor to sudoku, and I can only urge you to read the forthcoming brochure. I expect it's possible to muck it up completely. Try not to. This test car shows it can be made to work. The dash, for example, is flamboyantly chiselled and adorned but avoiding the juvenility of the Transformers ‘It's Obviously a Robot' impression given by some cars trying too hard to be ‘with it'. Good seats too, and lots of stuff pleasing to touch.
However, and just to be a bit of an old git for a moment, it is merely Citroen Lite. As a secret admirer of proper Frenchness in cars, I'm still slightly disappointed to find that the indicators are operated by a stalk rather than by daft switches on the fascia, or that the steering wheel has more than one spoke, or that I won't be able to play guess the warning light every morning, like I could in an XM I once had.