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Citroen DS3 2009–present

DS 3
2010 Citroën DS3 (MY10) 1.6 VTI DStyle Plus 3-door hatchback (2016-01-05) 01.jpg
Manufacturer DS Automobiles (Citroën)
Also called Citroën DS3 (until 2016)
Production 2009–present (Citroën)
(Under the DS marque since 2016)
Assembly France: Poissy (PSA Poissy Plant)
Malaysia: Gurun (NAM)
Designer Mark Lloyd (car designer)
Body and chassis
Class Supermini (B)
Body style 3-door convertible
3-door hatchback
Layout FF layout
Related Citroën C3
Citroën C4 Cactus
Peugeot 208
Engine 1.2 L I3 12v
1.4 L I4 16v
1.6 L I4 16v
1.6 L I4 THP 16v turbo
1.4 L I4 HDI turbo-diesel
1.6 L I4 HDI turbo-diesel
Transmission 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic
Length 3,950 mm (155.5 in)
Width 1,710 mm (67.3 in)
Height 1,460 mm (57.5 in)
Predecessor Citroën C2
Citroën C3 Pluriel (for DS3 Cabrio)
Citroën DS3 Racing
DS 3 (pre-facelift)

The DS 3 is a supermini, produced by the French manufacturer Citroën since 2009 and officially launched in January 2010.

This was the first car in the new DS range from Citroën (pronounced déesse, which is French for goddess) Its design was inspired by the concept car Citroën DS Inside The DS3 range was facelifted in 2016, along with the DS4 and DS5, and re-launched without Citroën badges as part of DS Automobiles' separation from Citroën

The Citroën DS3 was named "2010 Car of the Year" by Top Gear (magazine), awarded first supermini four times in a row by the JD Power Satisfaction Survey UK and second most efficient supermini (Citroën DS3 1.6 e-HDi 115 Airdream : True MPG 63.0mpg) by What car ? behind the Citroën C3. In 2013, it was again the most sold premium subcompact car with 40% of these market shares in Europe.


Citroën revamped their DS3 line for the summer of 2011 with a new, limited edition model, a new colour and a new decal on the roof. The new colour is brun Hickory, a shade of dark brown that recently made its debut on the DS3′s bigger sibling, the DS4. One of the DS3′s strongest selling points is the ability for a customer to personalize their car when they order it by mixing and matching body and roof colours, decals, and so on. This new colour helps that by bringing the total amount of available body colours to ten.

The DS3 features prominently in the video for the Pixie Lott song "What Do You Take Me For". It is the first car that has had product placement in a British music video.

The DS3 range received a mild facelift in 2014, with revised engines and new design of Xenon-LED headlights for the top of the range models. The new BlueHDi diesel, available in two states of tune, has a low CO2 emissions level of 79g/km. It received a new facelift in 2016 completely dropping any reference to Citroën and its logo.

DS3 Racing

A 207 hp (154 kW) version, the DS3 Racing, was introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. It is the road version of Citroën's rally specification DS3 R3. The new 0-62 mph time is 6.5 seconds and the increased top speed is 146 mph (235 km/h).

The DS3 Racing is offered in only two colours, white with gray accents or black with orange accents including roof, wheels and interior. Besides these unique colour schemes, the DS3 Racing is distinguished from other trim levels by the use of real carbon fibre on the front splitter, grill, wheel arches and rear diffuser. Additionally, carbon fibre is prominently featured on the interior.

In October 2011, Citroën announced that they were planning on building a total of 2,400 DS3 Racings, significantly more than the 1,000 initially planned.

DS3 Cabrio

DS3 Cabrio

Citroën unveiled the DS3 Cabrio at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012 with sales commencing in 2013.

As a fixed profile convertible, the DS 3 retains its side bodywork, allowing for a roll-back center fabric sunroof — similar to other fixed profile convertibles including the Fiat 500 (2007), Nissan Figaro (1991), Citroën 2CV (1948–1990) and the Nash Rambler Convertible "Landau" Coupe (1950).

Matière Grise edition

Citroën announced the "Matière Grise" limited edition of 750 cars for the European market. It is finished in flat grey paint with chromed mirrors, chromed door trim and chromed tail light surrounds. The roof can be ordered in either white or black and the only available wheels are 17″ alloys, also available in white and black.

DS 3 facelift

DS 3 2016

In February 2016, the facelifted DS 3 was announced by DS Automobiles, as part of their separation from Citroën to become a standalone brand. The new DS 3 was launched at that year's Geneva Motor Show. The revised model no longer featured Citroën badges, with the DS badge now featuring prominently on the front grille. The trim level names were also changed from DSign, DStyle and DSport and re-introduced as Chic, Elegance and Prestige. An Ultra Prestige model was also added.

The facelifted model is identified by a revised front and rear design, plus the new range of PSA engines incorporating the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder PureTech petrol engines (available in normally-aspirated 82 bhp and turbocharged 110 and 130 bhp variants), the 1.6-litre THP turbocharged petrol engine with 165 bhp, and 1.6-litre BlueHDi turbo-diesel engines with 100 and 120 bhp. In addition, a new DS 3 Performance model was introduced with the THP engine uprated to 210 bhp, with a 0-100 kph time of 6.5 seconds.

In June 2016, DS partnered with French luxury fashion and perfume company Givenchy and launched the DS 3 Givenchy Le MakeUp special edition. A total of 500 Givenchy models were built and include unique features such as a textured matt white body with metallic purple roof and door mirrors, a rose pink dashboard strip and a make-up storage kit in the front central armrest. It is available with the PureTech 110 engine in manual or automatic transmission and is based on the mid-range Elegance trim level.

The DS Performance Line was launched in September 2016, enabling the DS customer to have performance styling without any mechanical upgrades. DS 3 Performance Line includes aesthetics such as gloss black alloy wheels, black contrasting roof colour, exterior stripe graphics and interior coloured stitching.



Petrol engine
Model Engine Power@rpm Torque@rpm 0–100 km/h(s) Top speed Transmission CO2 emission (g/km)
VTi 82 2012- 1199cc I3 82 PS (60 kW; 81 hp) @5750 118 N·m (87 lb·ft) @2750 14.2 108 mph (174 km/h) 5-speed manual 104
VTi 95 2009-2012 1397cc I4 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) @6000 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) @4000 10.6 114 mph (183 km/h) 134-136
PureTech 110 2015- 1199cc I3 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @5500 205 N·m (151 lb·ft) @1500 9.6 118 mph (190 km/h) 104
9.9 117 mph (188 km/h) 6-speed automatic 108
VTi 120 2009-2015 1598cc I4 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @6000 160 N·m (118 lb·ft) @4200 8.9 118 mph (190 km/h) 5-speed manual 136-138
10.9 4-speed automatic 153-155
THP 150 1598cc I4 turbo 157 PS (115 kW; 155 hp) @6000 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) @1400-4000 7.3 133 mph (214 km/h) 6-speed manual 155
THP 155 2011?- 139
THP 207 2011?- 207 PS (152 kW; 204 hp) @6000 275 N·m (203 lb·ft) @2000 6.5 146 mph (235 km/h) 149
THP 210 2016- 1598cc I4 turbo 210 PS (154 kW; 207 hp) @6000 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) @3000 6.5 143 mph (230 km/h) 6-speed manual 125
Diesel engine
Model Engine Power@rpm Torque@rpm 0–100 km/h(s) Top speed Transmission CO2 emission (g/km)
HDi 90 FAP 2009- 1560cc I4 turbo 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @3750 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @2000 11.3/11.5 112 mph (180 km/h) 5-speed manual 104/99
HDi 110 FAP 2009- 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @4000 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) @2000 9.8 118 mph (190 km/h) 6-speed manual 115
e-HDi 90 Airdream manual 95g 2010?- 91 PS (67 kW; 90 hp) @4000 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @1750 12.5 113 mph (182 km/h) 5-speed manual 95
e-HDi 90 Airdream manual 99g 2010- 98
e-HDi 110 Airdream 2011- 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp) @3600 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) @1750 9.7 118 mph (190 km/h) 6-speed manual 99
BlueHDi 120 2014- 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @3600 285 N·m (210 lb·ft) @1750 9.3 118 mph (190 km/h) 6-speed manual 94


Euro NCAP test results
LHD supermini (2009)
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 31 87%
Child occupant: 35 71%
Pedestrian: 13 35%
Safety assist: 6 83%

Sales and productions

Year Worldwide Production Worldwide sales Notes
2009 1,700 500  
2010 68,400 64,500  
2011 77,169 78,375 Total production reaches 147,254 units.
2012 68,800 68,200 Total production reaches 216,100 units.
2013 68,200 69,014 Total production reaches 284,200 units.