City cars are always fun to drive, but in convertible guise, the Citroen DS3 Cabriolet gets an extra dimension of drivability. It’s stylish, fun to drive, and useful. But is it a better choice than the popular Fiat 500C?The compact and cute DS3 gives you a chance to enjoy as much fun in the sun as those driving a sports car convertible. However, you don’t have to pay as much money, and you’ll arguably look chicer on the commute to work.
The car has a lot to do if it’s to fend off its rivals in the super mini convertible sector, and like the 500C, it isn’t a fully-fledged drop-top. Instead, its door frames and side pillars stay in place. As a result, it doesn’t really look any different to the sharp, modern-looking DS3 Hatchback.
OSV takes a closer look at what it’s all about with our 2017 Citroen DS3 Cabriolet review.
The compact executive models sector is by and large dominated by BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but the Citroen DS5 is here to put a challenge as it attempts to break up the triumvirate of power.
The French have in the past been associated with avant-garde in art and literature circles, but there is little doubting that the concept has also found its way into their automobile trade, with the Citroen DS5 displaying the traits of an experimental artist to say the least. Perhaps it’s in the blood, but the French brand have certainly done a fair amount of dabbling, with the Citroen DS5 acting as a composite of elements taken from Crossovers, Coupes, family hatchbacks and sports estates. Does it really work for consumers who just want something simple and practical in the medium range model? Let’s take a closer look at what the Citroen DS5 offers with our Citroen DS5 hybrid review.
Based on the C4, the Citroen DS4 is a light, more compact edition that gives the driver the command of the road. It’s slightly taller than its “older sibling” by 40mm but 60mm shorter and 20mm wider, spotting a flexible slanting rear beam, giving it the stability that is buoyed by a front suspension typical of a MacPherson and a hydraulic power steering.Living up to the stringent Euro 5 emissions requirements, the Citroen DS4’s engine is a wide and very flexible affair with options such as a 1.6-litre diesel with between 110 and 160bhp HDi powerplants. The DS4 comes with other variations at the engine section. Citroen co-developed with BMW three 1.6-litre petrol engines for the DS4: the 120bhp VTi which, sitting under two engines, gives a decent edge over Peugeot's RCZ sports car; the 155bhp; 200bhp THP units that serves up to 275Nm of torque.Whichever engine you go for, you still get to have the Citroen's six-speed electronic transmission. All this comes along with a conventional manual alternative.
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