DS200.000 sold over 3 in the past three years are balsam for the soul of the ailing PSA group. Now the success story should be continued with a convertible. The first open car of this season. Presented at the end of January in the almost summery Valencia and its surroundings. Citroën has donated the little runabout, however, only a roll roof. Similar to the time of the 2CV, also called duck. Or something similar to how Fiat has installed the 500C.
It makes sense to open the view into the sky with such a construct. It is much cheaper than cutting a car completely off the roof of a car developed as a sedan. What is cheaper for the manufacturer, should logically apply to the customer. So the pricing of Citroën for the DS3 convertible is quite moderate to call. 17.790 Euro costs the entry-level version Chic with the 1,2Liter petrol engine, which sends 60 kW (82 PS) from three cylinders to the front axle.
Webasto was responsible for the development of the roof together with the French automaker. Unique in the segment is the possibility of opening or closing the three-ply soft top up to a speed of 120 km / h. Various degrees of opening of the electrically operable roof allow more or less fresh air into the car and against too much pull helps a manually hinged wind deflector on the A-pillar. In addition to the roof, the trunk lid deserves special mention. He pushes upwards at the push of a button and opens the largest storage compartment in his class, the 245 liter.
There are seven exterior and three roof colors as well as various interior designs to choose from for customization. Particularly noticeable is the roof with the DS logo, which shows different patterns depending on how it is opened. In addition to the chic, the DS3 Cabrio is also available as So Chic and Sport Chic. However, not all variants can be combined with the four possible engines.
The equipment variants
Only the small three-cylinder two variants are available. For 19.670 Euro the So Chic is in the list. This is the only possible option for the Vti 120, which costs 21.120 Euro and with the 1,6-liter petrol engine 88 kW (120 PS) makes. The THP 155 with the Sport Chic equipment for 23.810 Euro is switched to six-speed, unlike the weaker petrol engines, which have a manual five-speed gearbox. The sportiest representative of the DS3 convertible series brakes 115 kW (156 PS) in the direction of the front axle and speeds in 7,4 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h.
The diesel in the quartet is actually switched automatically with an electronically controlled six-speed manual transmission. The 68 kW (90 PS) in conjunction with So Chic cost 22.920 Euro. Even as chic, the DS3 convertible is well equipped. Six airbags, ABS and SEP provide the necessary security. The rear windows are dark tinted, fog lights help in poor visibility and the windows can be electrically raised and lowered. The sound comes from a radio-CD-MP3 combination including operating satellites on the steering wheel.
The so-chic air conditioning is installed and the ambient lighting gives the car interior, together with the decorative inserts in piano lacquer look special shine. Alloy wheels with 16 inch and the striking LED daytime running lights complete this line.
In Sport Chic, the new 3D LED rear lights are eye-catching. On the well-shaped sports seats, the occupants may enjoy a hi-fi system with USB port and Bluetooth and an automatic climate control. The 205 tires are mounted on black 17-sized alloy wheels. Further options are offered either individually or in conjunction with useful options.
We were traveling exclusively with the 156 PS strong DS3 convertible and had trouble getting the permanent grin out of the face. Of course it will be a pleasure to openly fly around the area at the end of January at 20 Grad. In addition, the DS3, as an open-air representative, has not lost any of its much-praised agility. Just 25 kg more than its closed counterpart brings the convertible on the scales, sensational compared to the competitors who have to lug loose 100 kg more with it.
A witty and cheeky automobile has always been the DS3. With the opening up, the little Frenchman may win a few more fans. When closed, the DS3 Convertible feels like its solid roofed brother. We would like to praise the work of Webasto, who has been playing the leading role on the world market for years in the development and production of all kinds of roof constructions. (Ds)
- Specifications: Citroën DS3 Convertible THP 155 Sport Chic
- Engine: 4 cylinder gasoline engine
- Transmission: six-speed gearshift
- Displacement: 1.598 ccm
- Power in kW / hp at xy rpm: 115 kW (156 PS) / 6.000
- Max. Torque: 240 Nm at 1.400 revolutions per minute
- Length / width / height: 3.948 / 1.715 / 1.485 in mm
- Wheelbase: 2.452 in mm
- Empty weight: 1.250 kg
- Perm. Total weight: 1.619 kg
- Trunk contents: 245 l
- Tires: 205 / 45 R 17
- Rims: 7 x 17 ″ light alloy
- Acceleration: 7,4 seconds
- Top speed: 210 km / h
- Tank volume: l 50
- Fuel consumption Combined traffic: 4,3 l on 100 km
- Price: 23.810 Euro incl. VAT
Text: Dietmar Stanka
Photos: Dietmar Stanka