Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The DS3 builds on the interior seen in the 2010 C3, with a similar layout and style. But the quality and finish is a step above its counterpart and features such as the glossy dash panel which can be chosen in a variety of colours, add to a more elegant appearance. Other elements such as the chrome-rimmed instrument clusters with their neat back-lit dials and the thick, flat-bottomed steering wheel combine to create an upmarket feel.

There are some criticisms, such as the somewhat fiddly stereo, but the rest of the controls are well laid out and easy to use. The driving position is very good too with plenty of adjustment in both the steering column and the driver's seat.

The DS3 only comes as a three-door, so getting into the back seats can be a little challenging, but it's no worse than any other car of this size.

Once there, you'll be surprised at how generous headroom is and there's plenty of space for two adults, although taller passengers might find knee space a little restricted.

Citroen DS3 comfort levels in the back when travelling five-up are a little more compromised: you can fit three across the back seat, but it's tight on space.

In the front, top models are available with sports seats which have extra side support. That’s something that’s sorely lacking in other models – when negotiating a sharp corner you sometimes feel as if you might slide out of the seat altogether.

Citroen has focussed on improving sound insulation and the DS3 is certainly a very quiet car with minimal engine or road noise, even at higher speeds.