Citroen DS3 Cabrio – Paris Motor Show 2012

The DS3 Cabrio manages to keep all the best bits found in the supermini whilst adding a stunning new soft-top roof for top-down driving. The DS3 Cabrio manages to keep the supermini’s impressive 245-litre boot and five seats – in fact, it’ll be the only five-seater in its class when released.

Added to those practical features is a roof that takes just sixteen seconds to close up at speeds up to 75mph. The roof can be opened to three positions – intermediate, horizontal and total. When closed, the DS3 Cabrio offers incredible soundproofing with the roof closed, comparable to the hatchback itself.

The Cabrio also features the same cabin space as the supermini, meaning five adults can sit comfortably in a drive with the roof down. Looks-wise, the DS3 Cabrio’s infinite blue soft-top uses three different colour threads so as it reacts differently in different light conditions.

Two other colours are available for the roof – black and DS Monogramme. The DS3 Cabrio will initially be available in seven different body colours. The Cabrio is 25kg heavier than the hatchback, which is impressive when considering that most convertibles add 100kg to their hatchback counterparts.

What’s most noticeable with the Cabrio is how it feels to drive. It feels like a convertible, even though it retains all of the supermini’s best features. The interior is also impressive, with White LED ambient lighting on the ceiling-mounted console, White LED ambient lighting on the ceiling-mounted console brand new upholstery options.

Prices for the Citroen DS3 hatchback currently start from £12,600. Prices for the DS3 Cabrio will be unveiled closer to the car’s launch in early 2013.

The DS3 Cabrio is available to order from Perrys Citroen dealerships.