RAY MASSEY mini test: High marks in French
Citroen DS3 Cabrio DSport THP 155 six-speed manual
Price as driven: £20,830
With the sun finally out, it’s time to get our tops off. And French car-maker Citroen has piled in with a practical five-seater cabriolet that allows the whole family to enjoy wind-in the-hair motoring. IT’S a fun, perky and spirited car to drive, with the added benefit of all that fresh air in a soft-top that can accommodate the children reasonably comfortably.
A smooth and responsive six-speed manual gearbox makes it an engaging choice. Highly manoeuverable and not too big, which makes it feel manageable, as well as practical.
Hit the switch on the overhead console and it rolls back in concertina fashion in three different set positions.
Citroen has piled in with a practical five-seater cabriolet that allows the whole family to enjoy motoring
The roof will open or close fully in 16 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 75 mph.
Comfortable for the driver with plenty of space up front and electric front windows.
Sophisticated, high quality and tasteful trim — to the touch as well as to the eye — give the interior an upmarket feel.
Sporty sculpted seats are comfortable and supportive. Brushed chrome inserts and detailing on the steering wheel, gears, inside running board and foot pedals are a neat touch.
A good turn of speed from rest powered by a willing, smooth and refined 1.6 litre turbocharged four- cylinder petrol engine.
Top speed is a more-thanadequate 132mph with acceleration from rest to 62mph in 8.2 seconds.
C02 emissions are 137g per kilometre, which puts it in the £120-a-year road tax bracket.
Good fuel economy averaging 47.9 mpg, which rises to 58.9mpg when cruising and still managing 35.3 mpg around town.
With the top down, an aerodynamic front deflector reduces the wind noise and deflects the air currents to prevent buffeting.
The DSport THP 155 is the top-of-the-range model. It comes with lots of bells and whistles as standard including 17in alloy wheels, automatic digital air conditioning, a double chrome exhaust pipe, leather steering wheel with chrome inserts, plus a connecting box for Bluetooth, USB and hi-fi sockets.
The DSport THP 155 is the top-of-the-range model. It comes with lots of bells and whistles
A choice of seven body colours and three colour co-ordinated roof designs allow 14 combinations, and there are nine wheel designs.
A handy size for parking and all models have rear parking sensors.
Eye-catching design and clever rear lights using LED technology.
Using a smart popup lid, access to the boot is though a letter box-style opening. SPACE inside the boot is more than adequate, but feeding bags in through the mouth of it is awkward. Getting stuff out is even worse. You’ll need to stick to smaller, soft bags. Rear-seats fold down for more space.
I missed not having an inbuilt satnav, but a touchscreen version will set you back another £1,240. Cheaper to buy a TomTom BIT of a squeeze in the back for adults, but the space is fine for youngsters.
Not a cheap option at £20,830. That is made up of a basic price of £19,680 plus extra trim enhancements such as a colour-matched dashboard and roof (£150 each) and blue ‘Signature’ leather trim on the seats.
When the roof is fully retracted, the visibility through the rear view window is slightly impeded. That’s not a problem when the roof is pulled threequarters back.