Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Citroen Ds3 Dsport Blue Hdi 120

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Citroen Ds3 Dsport Blue Hdi 120

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Byline: Patrick James

IT is called Blue, which means green and is the sport model - a bit of a conundrum is the swish-looking little Citroen DS3.

It is best described as smart, sporty and chic and not at all quirky, an adjective usually used to describe Citroens both old and new.

The DS3 is definitely 21st Century, with its smart, sport lines, almost coupe like styling, prominent light clusters with LED runing lamps front and rear, plus eye-catching 17-inch black alloys.

Other nice touches are chrome door sill protectors, front fog light surrounds.

It looks every inch a sports model and has the fixtures and fittings to go with it. It is small and almost perfectly formed.

However, the 1.6-litre diesel engine under the bonnet is designed for maximum efficiency both in terms of fuel saving and low carbon dioxide emissions. That's not all at the expense of performance and the lively 120bhp power unit still propels the car from 0-60mph in just over 10.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 118mph.

The power is always on tap, aided by a smooth shifting six-speed manual gearbox and, despite being a small car, it cruises well at motorway speds.

With a claimed economy of 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 94g/ km, the car has real, green credentials as well as being cheap to run. It is also a well-equipped, practical fun car to drive, with taut, agile handling, direct, responsive steering and a ride that is firm enough without being uncomfortable. Which is just as well because it is up against some serious competition in this sector the market including the likes of the Audi A1 and MINI.

But it is a tempting package and competitively priced against the opposition and comes with an impressive range of standard equipment, even at entry level, with electric windows and door mirrors, MP3-compatible CD player and cruise control. …

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