Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Born Again and Breaking the Mould; Inside Feels Ultra-Chic from All Angles, on Road It's a Tested Powerplant Honed by BMW

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Born Again and Breaking the Mould; Inside Feels Ultra-Chic from All Angles, on Road It's a Tested Powerplant Honed by BMW

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DURING the depths of winter, the hierarchy at Citroen got crazy.

Like taking their kit off and diving into the French snow they have been invigorated.

Citroen is in the midst of rebirth. Improved, modern branding along with renewed focus on customer service and quality.

And the first child has arrived.

It comes in DS3 luxury hatch form, the inaugural model in an exciting new line-up.

The more sedate and sensible "Ca ranges will still be retained, but we can expect a DS derivative of each model will arrive over the next two years.

But don't think of this as a reincarnation of the illustrious DS from 1955. No a this is what Citroen calls aanti retroa.

Despite sharing its name, the modern-day DS is linked more to distinctive styling rather than the trailblazing model which became an icon half a century ago.

"The DS3 is fresh, modern and totally in tune with the times, not harking back to a supposed past golden age, and this means it can use all the latest technology to best advantage without being restrained by a design ethos from a previous era," Citroen Australia's general manager Miles Williams said.

"The DS3 represents a contemporary breath of fresh air for the a[approximately]premium' small car class. DS3 forges a new path by placing desire at the heart of the motoring experience, with its aesthetic appeal and vitality."

The hatchback comes in two versions, a normally aspirated DStyle ($32,990) with automatic transmission and the DSport ($35,990) with turbo and a six-speed manual.

Both can be completely customised with a wide range of colour configurations for the body, roof and alloys.

Only the latter was put on test this week, traversing Sydney's winding terrain to the picturesque Hunter Valley.

Comfort

It's a striking cabin from the moment you step inside.

With a grand piano-like finish across the dash (which is similar to the wonderfully styled Fiat 500), it feels ultra-chic from all angles.

Generally there is a familiar feel with the likes of cruise control, wiper and indicator stalks seen in other Citroens and Peugeots but it also has an air of individuality.

There are a few interesting bits and pieces that you love from the French. Like the arm rest which gets in the way of the handbrake. And the large glovebox door which reveals a small compartment only big enough for a pair of gloves (but it has a chilling feature).

But for the most it's all easily operated and the dials legible.

Our test machine only had the cloth trim yet it still had an up-market feel. The fake suede sports seats are supportive in the right places and cocoon you into place if the driver gets excited in the corners ... and they will. Up front the head and legroom is good. There is tilt and telescopic adjustment in the steering wheel, but changes need to be made manually a including the seats. …

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