Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 42 - 78 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

It may be stylish and sporty, but Citroen DS3 running costs will be affordable. List prices are competitive and all the engines return strong fuel economy – the HDi units being especially frugal. Insurance rates are low and under the new insurance system with 50 groups, the entry-level 1.4-litre DSign is group 12. Citroen servicing is affordable too, although the dealers don’t have a great reputation for quality and often perform badly in owner satisfaction surveys.

All the engines in the DS3 range are economical and even the top 1.6-litre THP emits just 155g/km of CO2 – impressive for a turbocharged engine with 150bhp. Citroen DS3 emissions are obviously better with the diesels: all three engines emit less than 120g/km of CO2, but special mention goes to the low emissions 99g/km HDi which is capable of 74mpg.

More often than not, this has been the weak link in Citroen cars but the firm is striving to improve its fairly poor reputation for reliability and build quality. Citroen DS3 reliability shouldn’t be as worrisome: it certainly feels more robust than previous Citroens, especially inside, but only time will tell whether this is a reliable model.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £220
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Insurance group 9 - 27
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