Citroen DS3 picks up hot hatch award

The Citroen DS3 supermini has already appeared on Stuff Magazine’s prestigious ‘Cool List’ ahead of the iPad as well as receiving Top Gear’s Car of the Year in 2011.

Judges labelled the car “great value” and a model that “will also make plenty of sense once its showroom shine has begun to fade, thanks to Citroën’s affordable service plan and maintenance costs."

The Citroen DS3 DSport 150, which features a turbocharged 150bhp engine capable of propelling the supermini to a top speed of 133mph and a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds.

However, these figures fall below more traditional hot hatches, and are significantly behind the DS3 Racing, which offers 197bhp as a more performance-oriented version of the DSport model.

The DSport version does offer much improved driving costs, however. Combined fuel consumption is 45mpg and CO2 emissions are just 155g/km.

It is also cheaper than rival hot hatches with a starting price of just £16,300.

Linda Jackson, Citroën UK’s Managing Director, commented; “Once again, DS3 has proved to be a winner with the critics, as it has been with the public. Its distinctive personality makes it a standout model in every way.”

The car has not only inspired the DS3 Racing, which arrived in the UK in February, it has also spawned the latest Citroen Racing rally car to compete in the World Rally Championship, a competition Citroen has dominated in recent years, winning six times.

The Citroen DS3 is the first of Citroen’s more upmarket DS Line. Designed to rival Mini, the DS3 will be joined by the larger Citroen DS4 hatchback in the UK early in 2011.

A third model, the Citroen DS5, is expected to be revealed towards the end of 2011.