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DS 3 Cabrio (2013–)

Last updated 20 August 2018

Kerb weight 975–1200 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 16,000–20,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

Removing the roof of a hatch to create a convertible means adding weight for the folding mechanism which combined with a loss of rigidity can often mean poor ride and handling. Thankfully there are no such concerns with the DS3 Cabrio because it uses a far simpler system.

The structure of the car remains mostly intact, with full-framed doors and solid window pillars, but with a light, fabric roof that slides back and folds in a concertina fashion above the boot. It’s a lightweight solution that means the DS3 Cabrio is just as good to drive as the standard DS3 hatchback.

It's nimble and agile, with nicely weighted steering and a good suspension set up that treads the line between ride comfort and cornering prowess very well. It can crash over potholes at low speeds but fortunately the keen handling of the DS3 has been retained with for the Cabrio.

The engine line-up includes a 1.2 VTi 82PS and a 1.6 120PS VTi petrol. The three-cylinder 1.2 VTi is a little lacklustre but the four-cylinder is a better choice and ideal for around town. The sporty model uses the same 1.6 VTi engine but with power boosted to 155PS and it suits the fun DS3 Cabrio perfectly with plenty of zest.

Performance is nippy with a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds and the engine sounds good along the way. Economy is good too, given the performance, with a claimed average of 47.9mpg. The six-speed manual gearbox is has decent shifts but can feel a little sloppy at times.

There's just one diesel in the line-up, a 1.6 e-HDi with 90PS which is called Airdream by Citroen as part of its fuel-saving eco-friendly range. It's capable of a mightily impressive 78.5mpg according to the official figures with CO2 of just 95g/km which means no car tax.

The diesel offers impressive performance despite having just 90PS, thanks to a healthy 229Nm of torque that isn’t far short of the figure for the top petrol engine. It doesn't have the character of the petrols but makes plenty of sense if you want a cheap to run open-top car and will cover big mileages in it.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.2 Puretech 110 63–66 mpg 9.6–9.8 s 118 mph 100–104 g/km
1.2 Puretech 110 EAT6 60–61 mpg 10.2 s 117 mph 105–112 g/km
1.2 Puretech 130 63 mpg 9.0 s 126 mph 105 g/km
1.2 Puretech 82 58–63 mpg 12.3–12.5 s 107–108 mph 112 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 100 79–83 mpg 9.3–11.2 s 113–118 mph 92–94 g/km
1.6 BlueHDi 120 79 mpg 9.3–9.4 s 118 mph 94 g/km
1.6 THP 165 50 mpg 7.5–7.6 s 135 mph 129 g/km
1.6 THP 210 52 mpg 6.5 s 143 mph 125 g/km
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