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Rental Citroen DS3 (restyling): without chevrons

Rental Citroen DS3 (restyling): without chevrons

10.10.2016
The DS3 is a stylish car due to its trendy exterior, high-quality interior, and excellent handling. However, the model equipped with a 1.6-litre, 120bhp engine and an automatic transmission is suitable only for melancholic drivers. They will appreciate a rental car like this one.

The French engineers modernized their most popular car. They updated the technical characteristics and design. Let's rent a car to examine it in detail.

Exterior

The exterior design has been changed slightly. Lamps, bumpers, a body kit, and an emblem have been updated. The French engineers decided to make the DS3 as a car of the premium class. That’s why they created DS as a separate sub-brand. According to the brand's top management, it can have a positive impact on the demand because potential buyers might be interested in the new title.

Interior

The interior is trimmed with high-quality finishing materials. Also, there is a stylish centre console. A multimedia complex supports Apple CarPlay, but only if you have an iPhone 5S and more modern models. A dashboard with chromed trim is located in wells. It is perfectly readable under any conditions due to its nice backlight. A steering wheel is convenient and pleasant to touch.

A driver's seat is comfortable due to good lateral support rollers. You'll feel safe during sudden manoeuvres and won't get tired during long lasting trips. Front passengers will also feel comfortable, but rear passengers might complain about a small legroom. Their knees will rest against front seats. A trunk is standard for a segment like this - 288 litres.

Driving performance

The Citroen DS3 is equipped with:

  • a 1.6-litre, 120bhp gasoline engine;
  • a 4-speed automatic transmission.

A weight of the three-door hatchback is 1,145 kilograms. The 120bhp engine is enough for driving in city traffic. However, the engine doesn't pull well at low revs, but it works fine at medium speeds. The 4-speed automatic transmission is a bit out-of-date, but it works well without jerks while switching.

Handling of the French hatchback is smooth. Expectations of the most fastidious drivers will be met. Steering is informative and highly sensitive when the steering wheel is centred. There is small body roll while driving in corners. He car is equipped with a power-intensive suspension that provides smooth riding over small bumps. However, you might feel vibration and shocks while driving over large road pits.

Let's conclude

The DS3 is a stylish car due to its trendy exterior, high-quality interior, and excellent handling. However, the model equipped with a 1.6-litre, 120bhp engine and an automatic transmission is suitable only for melancholic drivers. They will appreciate a rental car like this one.

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