Driving Report: Citroën DS 3 SoParis

The Citroën DS3 is actually not a Citroën at all. Actually. Because from the letters D and S a new brand should grow. The third brand in the network of the two French automobile manufacturers Peugeot and Citroën. And DS stands for the new avant-garde, a new French premium. Clearly, the shine of the early DS days should be filled with new life. The idea is not stupid. Although a current Citroën is not quite as stupid as that C4 Cactus has shown well. So what is behind the DS idea? Discoveries at the DS base:

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In the driving report:

Citroën DS 3 SoParis BlueHDI 120

Little Frenchman with style. The DS3 should be a little trendsetter. Play in the Mini and Audi A1 segment. A car for people with a sophisticated sense of style. Does this work? Can an apparently floating roof, recently renovated lamp graphics and a chic special model “SoParis” compete with the established small lifestyle cars? The DS3 test car had the powerful 120 HP diesel engine under the hood and, as a special “SoParis” model, great equipment. The first impression of the little French fits. The entire design looks cute to sporty. The striking new LED xenon headlights, the large LED daytime running light torches that have been pulled far down and out and the large radiator grille with two double chrome clips do not fail to have an effect. The new headlights in particular look extremely chic and at the same time technologically complex. The entire appearance has gained even more with the last facelift.

In the side, the offset roof arch and the strikingly shaped B-pillar stand out. In the case of the DS3, you can choose from ten body colors and four roof colors. The combinations work from sporty strong to subtle and charming.

In the SoParis special equipment, the 3D rear lights, which are subject to a surcharge, light up at the rear. Beautifully shaped, elegant and just as attractive as on the front.

Driving report Citroen DS3 rear view

This is how the 120 PS Diesel drives in the DS3

The 120 PS strong 1.6 liter diesel is a good friend on the PSA shelf and fits extremely well with the DS3. With his 285 Nm, he pushes out of the speed cellar calmly and makes the DS3 appear confidently motorized. At just under four meters, the DS3 is a manageable journeyman and its empty weight of 1.165 kg is no real challenge for the potent diesel. You quickly pushed the easy-to-switch six-speed gearbox through the shift alleys and pulled your tracks on country roads and over the highways in the highest gear.

The steering works in conjunction with the winter tires and the not too big light alloy rims unusually directly for a Frenchman. The three-door car is swiftly swung over the country road and is delighted in the city by the still pleasant vehicle width of 1.71 m.

190 km / h the DS3 BlueHDI 120 becomes fast and remains in control of the situation at all times. In the end you ask yourself, why do you actually need a car one size bigger? The DS3 was tuned tightly, but, when seen in winter tires, retains a decent residual potential when it comes to suspension and thus also comfort.

And the background noise? Always unobtrusive. Of course, the DS3 can't deny the nailing drive, but the overall noise level is at a pleasingly low level.

Citroen DS3 BlueHDI 120 engine

test consumption

[tabgroup] [tab title = ”Everyday driver”] In terms of standard consumption, Citroën gives an average of 3,6 liters per 100 kilometers. In the cycle for the everyday driver we came to 5,3 liters. [/ tab] [tab title = ”Eco-Expert”] In the eco-program we reduced the consumption of the 120 PS DS3 to 4,2 liters. [/ tab] [tab title = ”Without consideration”] In maximum mode, 8.5 liters are possible. But it doesn't get any more than that. [/ Tab] [/ tabgroup]

This is how it lives in the DS3

Comfortable seats, an impeccable sitting position and the good workmanship make the DS3 look neat to personable. Unfortunately, the latest facelift denied the update to the current multimedia unit of the group. This annoys the navigation system with its complicated operation and the entire control unit sits uncomfortably deep.

Once in motion - the air conditioning quickly ensures that the interior is well heated in automatic mode - you have to worry about the cruise control lever hidden behind the steering wheel. Typically French, he can not only keep a pace, but also set a speed limit. But he's hiding behind the wheel.

Despite the practical center armrest, good seats and a neat steering wheel, the interior could have made a leap in the recent facelift if the new media system had been adopted and the cruise control system had been integrated into the steering wheel. So the SoParis decors on the dashboard remain the only “refreshments” for the DS3.

Citroen DS3 test car driving report 120 PS Diesel

The idea DS

The “DS series” will become its own brand. Citroën shows with the models DS3, DS4 and DS5 already quite good where the journey is going. But there is still a lot of room for improvement. The attention to detail in the latest special model is nice and that the DS logo appears as a symbol again and again is evidence of a little attention to detail.

But “the love of design” is still not enough to be able to stick the label Premium on the brand itself. In the end, only the customers will do that anyway. And it is precisely the “old school” multimedia system that does not fit the intended target group of the DS3 at all.


Again, only the multimedia system remains. The rest is extremely well done!

Citroen Ds3 light design DS

At the end...

Of course you can't miss the “hip, stylish and trendy” image yourself. In the end, only the customers can do that. After the DS3 SoParis, I don't want to deny that a DS from France has the potential to do this.

However, due to the recommended 120 hp diesel and a few extras, the test car also cost € 25.000 according to the list. Then the air becomes tighter for the small car ... although it is really an alternative to Teutonic boredom!

Click here for the Citroën configurator

Further link tips: And this is how the 200 PS DS drives3 | DS3 Racing Edition in the driving report | Again DS3 Loeb-Edition, this time by Sebastian on passiondriving.de | And DS3 without a roof, from Stratmann Jens

click: Citroën DS3 SoParis BlueHDI120 test car - Galerie

Vehicle registration: Citroën DS3 SoParis BlueHDI120

Class:B segment
Transmission:6G manually
Drive:front-wheel drive
displacement:1.560 cc
Power / power (electric motor):120 hp b. 3.500 rpm | -
Torque: / Torque (E-Motor):285 Nm b. 1.750 rpm | -
Weight ready to drive:1.165 kg (EEC with driver)
From 0 to 100:9.4 s
Top speed .:190 km/h
Consumption of petrol (NEDC):3.6Liter
CO2 output (NEDC):99 g / km
Emission Class:EU 6
CW value:
Photos in the article: Bjoern Habegger Cover photo: Bjoern Habegger

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