Citroen DS3 Red Edition

5 Feb, 2013 4:15pm Tom Phillips

We drive the new special Citroen DS3 Red Edition, which adds more equipment for less money


The Citroen DS3 Red removes the complexity of choosing personalisation options and adds more kit for less money. However, it doesn’t work out that much cheaper than choosing your own spec – unless you really like red.

Fancy a Citroen DS3? Like the colour red? Then the special-edition DS3 Red could be right up your street. There are no mechanical changes to the standard car, so the newcomer handles as sweetly as ever thanks to its firm sports suspension.

However, on the Red you can have the body colour in either white or, for an extra £480, pearlescent black, and both come with a garish red band running around the front grille and through the Citroen chevrons. Less full-on are the red mirror caps and roof, plus the cool new 3D LED tail-lights which now feature on all DS3s.

The DS3 Red is available in mid-spec DStyle trim, with a choice of 120bhp petrol or 90bhp diesel engines, or as the top-spec DSport version tested here. This can be specified with the 115bhp diesel, upgraded from the previous 110bhp, or the responsive 155bhp 1.6-litre petrol model we drove.

The Red DStyle comes with 16-inch alloys as standard; the DSport gets 17-inch white or black rims. All have a small red Citroen logo in their centres.

The new look is smart, and as 90 per cent of DS3s are specced with a two-tone paint and roof combination anyway, the only thing that seems over the top is the red trim on the grille.

Inside, an eye-catching red strip runs across the dash and around the door handles. The DS3 DStyle Red includes the Connect Signature pack, which adds an upgraded stereo, extra speakers plus Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Meanwhile, the DSport Red features the City Signature pack, with auto lights and wipers, automatic air-con, rear parking sensors, electric mirrors and mood lighting.

You can add all the options to the standard £17,050 DS3 DSport for £1,150. The DS3 Red starts from £17,780, so you can potentially save £420 – just as long as you like the colour red.

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I like it and much prefer the new "3D" rear lights

Naff looking bits of red plastic don't belong on an £18000 car in my view - could be worse though as Mini have gone down the same path with their £28000 JCW GPII

Looks like lipstick on the white one, less so on the black one.

This car looks dated already.

Not yet but inevitably so eventually.The frumpish vehicles from other makers in this sector have been old fashioned from the day of their launch though.
Having said that, this colour scheme is not really to my taste.

This is such a great car, it's a beauty and it is highly reliable as well, we owned one which we have just sold to replace it with a DS4. 100% satisfaction after driving 40 000 miles. The DS3 is also the car that has been rated as "Best imported car" in Germany but the readers of Auto Zeitung, it says a lot. +220 000 cars sold yet to date ...

From everything I've read,test reports and owners reviews, there is a big difference between the DSport models and the rest of the range in the way that they drive, particularly in respect of the gearbox. Citroen say that the DStyle will be the most popular model, yet they nearly always provide only the more expensive and superior DSport for testing. I find this really annoying. Why not provide the model that most people are going to buy.

Looks like a desperate attempt to sell yet another pile of Eurojunk from a company on the way out!

Key specs

  • Price: £17,780
  • Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl petrol
  • Power: 155bhp
  • Transmission: 6-spd manual, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 7.3 seconds
  • Top speed: 130mph
  • Economy: 47.1mpg
  • CO2: 135g/km
  • Equipment: Auto air-con, rear parking sensors, red trim
  • On sale: Now