The stylish alternative to the C3 is Citroen’s bold and brash DS3, and this is a car that does match small cars like the Mini and the Fiat 500 in terms of style, and is also quite practical to drive.  There are a range of trim levels and engines available offering a balance of performance and efficiency, and the cars are competitively priced as well.  The main problem for the DS3 when it comes to competing with the stylish small cars is that there is a lot more prestige and reputation for owning a Mini or a Fiat 500 than there is for owning a Citroen.

The range of engines that are available for the DS3 are quite impressive, and while the basic 1.4 litre petrol engine is the least expensive to buy, the ‘Airdream’ diesel engines are very good for reliability and fuel efficiency.  The 1.6 HDi engine utilises a number of new technologies that help the car to achieve an impressive average 78.5mpg, and also benefits from not having to pay road tax due to low emissions.  The top of the range sportier versions of the DS3 are available in 1.6 litre petrol and diesel versions, and both boast swift acceleration from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, which is competitive with other hot hatches.

There are also a number of different levels of trim available, with the top end Ultra Prestige models coming with a significant amount of equipment including satellite navigation, parking sensors and leather seats.  However, for those on a tighter budget, the entry level DSign does come with cruise control and an MP3 ready CD player, along with all of the usual safety equipment.  The looks of the DS3 may not prove to be to everyone’s taste, but it is certainly bringing Citroen to a younger generation of style conscious drivers.