Citroen DS3 wins Best Car of the Year 2011

Citroen’s first attempt at reviving the DS Line was awarded Top Gear’s Car of the Year earlier in the year and has continued its winning streak with the latest accolade.

The DS3 is a small, three-door supermini designed to offer a modern, highly customisable and premium take on the small car sector.

And it is these criteria which led to the car being selected by Diesel Car judges to take the Car of the Year title as well as the Best Small Car award.

"The Citroën DS3 has an ageless air about it, with a youthful exuberance that gives it a trendy appeal, but at the same time exuding an enduring quality and substance," said Diesel Car editor, Ian Robertson.

He also praised the DS3 for is drive, which he described as a ‘secure, planted feel with a pert, grippy liveliness that makes it real fun behind the wheel’.

The Citroen DS3 finished ahead of cars from all sectors, including luxury models and best-sellers such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, to take the award.

It isn’t the first time the Citroen DS3 has been honoured in award ceremonies this year. Previously the premium supermini has taken the ‘Small Car of the Year’ title from Fifth Gear and ‘Best Hot Hatch’ from CarBuyer.

The diesel engine used in the Citroen DS3 is a 1.6 THP unit borrowed from the standard C3. The engine develops 150hp and delivers CO2 emissions below 100g/km, allowing owners to pay zero road tax and providing exemption from the London congestion charge.

Prices for diesel models start from £13,700, a £2,000 premium over £11,700 entry-level petrol versions.

Citroen has sold 80,000 DS3s so far since its 2010 launch, and expanded the upmarket DS range with the introduction of the DS4 hatchback and the forthcoming DS5 crossover.