New Citroen DS3 Sport – 10 Things To Know About The Mini Cooper Rival

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In this video, we’ve picked 10 things we think you should know about the latest model, covering its customisable features, the engine, the interior and of course the price.

I’m not a huge fan of this kind of car; I call them handbag cars. To me, they represent style over substance, a pricey handbag that you can sit in rather than wear.

And there are precious few chic, premium 3-door hatchbacks to choose from. The Mini Cooper rules the roost, and has done for some time. But up until recently, the Mini shared an engine with this, the Citroen DS3.

And this is where things get interesting. While the Mini has moved over to a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder motor, which is actually quite an impressive little motor, Citroen has stuck with the award-winning 1.6 litre turbo which Peugeot/Citroen developed in partnership with BMW. It’s a peach of an engine and combined with the manual gearbox in this new DS3 Sport, it means that this little hatch is a genuine hoot to drive.

And then of course there are the looks. What a cracking little car. The contrasting roof and dark wheels are very in vogue at the moment, but the Citroen pulls it off better than most.

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Quick Specs: Citroen DS3 versus Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S

In this video, we’ve picked 10 things we think you should know about the latest model, covering its customisable features, the engine, the interior and of course the price.

We’ve also compared the car to what is essentially its only rival and arch nemesis, the Mini Cooper. The DS3 Sport slots in perfectly between the entry-level Mini and the top end Mini Cooper S, both in terms of power and price.

Citroen DS3 e-THP 120kW Sport Mini Cooper Hatch 3-door
Price R329 900 R303 500
Engine 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol
Power 120kW 100kW
Torque 240Nm 220Nm
0 – 100km/h 8.1 seconds 7.9 seconds
Fuel economy 5.6 litres/100km 4.7 litres/100km
Airbags 6 6
SatNav Standard Optional
 
Citroen DS3 e-THP 120kW Sport Mini Cooper S Hatch 3-door
Price R329 900 R371 847
Engine 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol
Power 120kW 141kW
Torque 240Nm 280Nm
0 – 100km/h 8.1 seconds 6.8 seconds
Fuel economy 5.6 litres/100km 5.9 litres/100km
Airbags 6 6
SatNav Standard Optional

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