Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

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

Petrol engines 5.2 - 6.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 39.1 - 44.8 mpg
  • Diesels offer lowest running costs
  • PureTech petrols quite frugal too
  • Performance versions thirstiest

The fuel economy and efficiency stars of the DS 3 range are those powered by the BlueHDi diesels, however even the petrols shouldn’t cost buyers too much to run day-to-day.

DS 3 BlueHDi running costs 

The efficient BlueHDi 100 powerplant emits just 87g/km in CO2 emissions (regardless of trim level), while DS claims it’s capable of reaching 83.1mpg, although you’re unlikely to reach this in the real world.

The BlueHDi 120 isn’t far behind, emitting 94g/km and returning up to 78.5mpg in official tests.

DS 3 petrol running costs

Even the most polluting DS 3 Performance emits just 125g/km and returns a claimed 52.3mpg, but you’ll need to be driving sensibly to get near this figure.

Opt for a PureTech 82 and you can expect CO2 emissions of 107g//km and fuel economy of up to 61.4mpg, while the 110hp version returns 105g/km and 61.4mpg. The most powerful PureTech petrol – the 130 – returns up to 62.8mpg and emits 105g/km in CO2.

Rounding off the petrol line-up, the THP 165 emits 125g/km and is capable of returning up to 52.3mpg on the combined cycle.

Whichever model you pick, tax isn’t going to be expensive for private or business drivers.

We’d expect insurance costs to be competitive with rivals too – if not cheaper than the MINI Hatch and the Audi A1.

With CO2 emissions below 125g/km even in its most polluting form, no version of the DS 3 is particularly harmful to the environment.

The best version in this respect is the BlueHDi 100, which emits 87g/km while the BlueHDi 120 isn’t far behind at 94g/km. Those models fitted with an EAT6 automatic gearbox don’t pay a penalty, either, remaining the same as those with manual gearboxes.

PureTech petrols range from 105-107g/km, while the THP 165 and THP 210 engines both emit 125g/km.

  • DS 3 has been subjected to several recalls
  • Any problems should be ironed out
  • Mechanical components are tried and tested

If you’re buying a new DS 3, reliability shouldn’t be too much of a concern, as any issues that crop up should be taken care of by the three-year warranty.

However, the car has been subject to several recalls since its launch in 2010 as the Citroen DS3, and since becoming the DS 3 there have only been a couple to be aware of. Two relating to a loss of control due to potential front suspension issues were announced in 2014, while another regarding an oil leak was issued in 2016. Finally, another recall regarding loss of control under heavy braking was issued in 2016.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £165
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Insurance group 10 - 37
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