What Car? survey names Citroen DS3 as ‘Best Small Car’

The Citroen DS3 has been voted the ‘Best Small Car’ in this year’s What Car? JD Power customer satisfaction survey.

This marks the second year running that the DS3 has won an award in the survey, after being voted ‘Best Supermini’ in 2013.

The survey, which was undertaken by global market research company JD Power, took place between January and March of this year, with a total of 109 different models being surveyed. The DS3 ranked 21st overall out of the total entrants and received a customer satisfaction score of 79.3 per cent.

Citroen’s answer to the burgeoning market for premium-feel, customisable small hatchbacks like the Mini and Fiat 500, the DS3 received praise for its styling, low running costs, driver visibility and its range of exterior colour options.

Citroen DS3 features

A stylish upgrade to the popular C3; the DS3 is available as a three-door hatchback or as a chic, two-door cabriolet with slide-back roof and comes with four available trim levels, the basic DSign, mid-range DStyle, sporty DSport and premium-range Ultra Prestige. Features include inset LED strip lights on the front bumper, the option to customise the roof with colours and graphics, a bold interior, and a 12v socket and 285-litre boot that’s well above and beyond the Mini’s storage space.

Engine Range

Below the bonnet, Citroen offer a choice of three petrol engines, an 81bhp 1.2-litre and a 1.6-litre with 118bhp or 154bhp, plus two versions of a 1.6-litre diesel with 91bhp or 113bhp. Depending on the engine, some DS3 models are more about style than performance, although the now-discontinued DS3 Racing brought the firm success at the World Rally Championship in 2011.

Jim Holder, Editor of What Car?, said: “DS3 has really established itself as an extremely desirable small car, its bold, fun and customisable styling sets it apart from its competitors and, as well as this latest accolade, DS3 owners also enjoy low running costs, which is important for every motorist.”

Linda Jackson, Managing Director for Citroen UK & Ireland, said: “To top its class for two successive years is a fantastic result for DS3 and it is all the more special to win an award that is voted for by owners themselves. Receiving such high praise for a variety of aspects, from styling to running costs, is testament to DS3’s versatility and desirability as it continues to impress across the board.”

Prices for the DS3 start at £12,495 for the basic DSign, £15,380 for the DStyle, while the DSport starts at £17,480 and the top of the range Ultra Prestige starts from £20,700.