Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

When the DS 3 Cabrio was officially tested by Euro NCAP back in 2011 it achieved a full five-star rating and we’d expect the same score if this latest version goes through its round of testing.

All cars come equipped with hill-start assist (which prevents rolling back when starting on an incline), front seatbelt pre-tensioners, emergency braking, remote central locking and LED daytime running lights.

A new system called DS Connect Box has joined the 3 Cabrio range and is available as standard in all cars except in entry-level Chic trim. This includes an automatic system that will call emergency services if you’re in an accident.  

Parking is made easy thanks to the reversing camera and front and rear sensors available either as standard or optional depending on the trim you choose. However, there is a distinct lack of more advanced safety kit either as standard or optional extras commonly seen on a lot of modern day cars such as lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring or collision prevention aids. 

  • Good boot space on offer
  • Lack of storage options in cabin

DS 3 Cabrio practicality has remained unchanged from the previous Citroen DS 3 Cabrio.

There’s 285 litres of space on offer still which is bigger than the MINI Convertible, Fiat 500C and Vauxhall Adam Rocks and only a fraction off the Ford Fiesta hatchback. The boot opening is not very wide, though, so loading larger objects will be a challenge.

Inside the cabin there are a limited amount of storage options. The highlights include a cubby in the centre console ideal for loose change and a fair-sized compartment near the steering wheel which would fit most modern day smartphones. Disappointingly there are no cupholders on offer anywhere in the cabin and those in the rear seats will have to make do with a small cubby each and pockets behind the front seats.

The glovebox is too small to be practical and you’ll struggle to fit anything but a 50cl bottle in the doors.

Although officially a five-seater, the rear seats are only really ideal for children and the doors do not open as wide as we’d like making getting in and out a difficult operation, especially if you’ve got to tackle a child seat.

On sunnier days you’ll be able to open the fabric roof at motorway speeds and it will take 16 seconds to open fully. Wind noise when the roof is open is minimal around the city, but take the car on a faster dual carriageway and the cabin will become quite noisy. Roof up and sound insulation is much improved over the previous version. 

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the DS 3 Cabrio (15-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

1995 equipment

1995 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
1995 optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

Chic equipment

Chic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
Chic optional equipment
None available

Connected Chic equipment

Connected Chic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sat Nav
Connected Chic optional equipment
None available

DSign equipment

DSign standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
DSign optional equipment
None available

DSport equipment

DSport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
DSport optional equipment
None available

DStyle equipment

DStyle standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
DStyle optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

DStyle Nav equipment

DStyle Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Sat Nav
DStyle Nav optional equipment
None available

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
Elegance optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Givenchy Le Makeup equipment

Givenchy Le Makeup standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Givenchy Le Makeup optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

Performacne Line equipment

Performacne Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Performacne Line optional equipment
None available

Performance equipment

Performance standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Performance optional equipment
None available

Performance Black equipment

Performance Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Performance Black optional equipment
None available

Performance Line equipment

Performance Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Performance Line optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Prestige equipment

Prestige standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Prestige optional equipment
None available

Ultra Prestige equipment

Ultra Prestige standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Ultra Prestige optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The DS 3 Cabrio (15-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2009 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2009
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 87%
Child Occupant: 71%
Vulnerable Road Users: 35%
Safety Assist: 83%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.