Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Twist on Family Motors

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Twist on Family Motors

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Byline: John Connor

YOU can always bet on Citroen to produce something different, and it latest DS3 range certainly follows that trend.

To look at, the DS3 is a compact hatchback with design angles and curves in places were they should not be.

This car builder takes delight in manufacturing models with a difference, models with a refreshing approach to automotive engineering, and that is the allure of all things Citroen.

Yet beneath the exterior looks, there always lurks a plethora of excellence in both engineering and electronics.

When I approached the DS3 1.6i THP 150 recently, I was overwhelmed by the Citroen spokesman''s description. According to his official speak "this was the car that has it all".

I was not swayed by the rhetoric. While impressed by its exterior looks, I was not too keen on the overall colour scheme.

The trendy interior however was more impressive. Boasting wide leather seating and, with the use of quality materials throughout adding to the ambience of the cabin, it was surprisingly roomy.

The width would not cramp two second row forwards in the front, the roof was a fair distance from my head and I suspect three adults would fit in the rear seats quite easily.

On the road, the sport red/opale white hatchback, with its unusual wrap around rear windows, behaved well in town traffic.

On the nearby motorway it immediately found its place in life. Able to reach 62mph in 7.3 seconds, and with a redline speed of 133mph, this compact flier enjoyed mixing it with lots of "grown-up" cars.

Its sports credentials came into play via a beautifully weighted steering system, good brakes, a firm suspension and a hearty growl when the accelerator was applied.

I later tried a 110hp diesel model complete with Zebra graphics.

Ignoring the graphics, I was equally delighted by this model''s on-road performance. …

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