Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6
  • Lowly three-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Autonomous emergency braking added
  • No other driver assistance tech available

Although he previous Citroen version of this car had a five-star Euro NCAP crash test score when it was tested in 2009, the revised DS 3 hatchback was re-assessed in 2017 achieving just three stars. Child occupancy and a lack of electronic safety systems hampered the result.

There are a couple of new safety systems on the new DS 3, including a low-speed automatic braking system and the SOS and Assistance Pack, which automatically calls emergency services in the event of an accident, which should boost peace of mind, too.

No other advanced driver assistance or safety systems are available, though, such as adaptive cruise control or lane-keep assist. This is where the DS 3 begins to show its age against newer rivals like the MINI Hatch.

  • Decent space for four inside
  • Boot well shaped and easily accessed
  • Interior storage disappoints

Again, the fundamental layout of the DS 3 hasn’t changed since Citroen’s departure from the naming structure, so neither has its practicality.

There isn’t much storage in the cabin, though, and cupholders are conspicuous by their absence – the only one you’ll find is located between the front seats, but if you go for the optional armrest then it disappears. The only place you’ve got is the door bins, but they’re shallow in parts and won’t hold as much as you think.

The glovebox is laughably small too – while the lid is of a normal size, opening it reveals half is obstructed by a fuse panel.

The DS 3 is larger than something like a Fiat 500 and Vauxhall Adam, which is great for carrying passengers. You won’t struggle to park a DS 3, though – it’s still only the size of a regular supermini, and standard-fit parking sensors on the majority of models in the line-up mean there are aids to help you squeeze in. That’s a good thing, because rearward visibility can be restricted.

The boot matches some of the more spacious, more traditional superminis that aren’t all about style, showing DS hasn’t compromised with its smallest model.

You get a 285-litre boot space and 60/40-split rear seats, which is much more practical than something like the Vauxhall Adam or MINI Hatch.

If you want to load heavier items, then there’s a bit of lip to heave things over, but the rear seats do split and fold if you have any longer items to carry. Just remember they don’t fold flat and you’ll need to manoeuvre in through the front doors to access anything awkward. The good news is the doors are enormous (not so good in a tight car park).

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the DS 3 (15-19).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

1995 equipment

1995 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
1995 optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

Black Lezard equipment

Black Lezard standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Black Lezard optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

Cafe Racer equipment

Cafe Racer standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Cafe Racer optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

Chic equipment

Chic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
Chic optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

Connected Chic equipment

Connected Chic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Connected Chic optional equipment
None available

Dark Light equipment

Dark Light standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Dark Light optional equipment
None available

DSign equipment

DSign standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
DSign optional equipment
None available

DSport equipment

DSport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
DSport optional equipment
None available

DStyle equipment

DStyle standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator
DStyle optional equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel

DStyle Nav equipment

DStyle Nav standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
DStyle Nav optional equipment
None available

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Elegance optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Forever equipment

Forever standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Forever optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Givenchy Le Makeup equipment

Givenchy Le Makeup standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Givenchy Le Makeup optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel

Ines de la Fressange equipment

Ines de la Fressange standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Ines de la Fressange optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Parthenon Cream equipment

Parthenon Cream standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
Parthenon Cream optional equipment
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Performance equipment

Performance standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Performance optional equipment
None available

Performance Black equipment

Performance Black standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Performance Black optional equipment
None available

Performance BRM Chronographes equipment

Performance BRM Chronographes standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Performance BRM Chronographes optional equipment
None available

Performance Line equipment

Performance Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
Performance Line optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Prestige equipment

Prestige standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Prestige optional equipment
None available

Ultra Prestige equipment

Ultra Prestige standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Ultra Prestige optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The DS 3 (15-19) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 69%
Child Occupant: 37%
Vulnerable Road Users: 55%
Safety Assist: 29%

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.