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The uniquely styled Citroen DS3 is a French supermini that carries its own upmarket appeal. The DS3 is fun to drive and packed with premium features and equipment that make it stand out in the hatchback sector.

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Just one look at the DS3 showcases its premium intentions. Gloss black A-pillars give the impression of a floating roofline, whilst the double-chevron chrome grille design gives a definitive face to the DS. Distinctive daytime running lights and chrome side rubbing strips and door handles complete the look. Other standard features on the DS3 include 16-inch 'Ashera' alloy wheels, 3D LED rear lights and front fog lights.

This model, new for 2014, features several updated features including revised DS LED Xenon headlights and new 17-inch 'Aphrodite' alloy wheels.

On the inside, the DS3 is a luxurious place to sit, adorned with high quality materials and a gloss dashboard finish. Standard equipment includes a chrome and leather-trimmed steering wheel, cruise control and speed limiter, and an auxiliary input with Bluetooth. Other features include air conditioning and folding electric mirrors.

Further up the range, equipment includes rear parking sensors, automatic air conditioning and satellite navigation from the 7 inch touch drive interface.

Engines in the DS3 comprise four petrol and two diesel options. The pick of the petrol range is the Puretech 110, a 1.2 litre turbocharged unit with stop start technology. This engine provides great performance but with excellent economy figures at just 60.1 mpg, and is available in manual or automatic. Both a lower powered Puretech engine and a 1.6 litre turbocharged unit are also available.

Diesel engines take the form of the BlueHDi 100 and 120, both of which offer strong pulling power from low revs. Economy figures for these engines stands at 83.1 mpg and 78.5 mpg respectively, ensuring you can have the driving thrills without constant trips to fill up.

Based on the C3 hatchback, the DS3 has comfortable room for five and an impressive boot capacity at 285 litres which is better than some popular rivals. Deep door pockets and storage cupboards means there's plenty of storage space around the cabin.

The DS3 is a smartly styled French city car with good driving credentials and a range of efficient engines that make is the clever supermini buyer's choice.

Evans Halshaw Citroen