Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.

Running costs, performance and handling are the standout qualities of a Citroen DS3, according to owners in our 2015 Driver Power survey. Where it lacks especially, sadly, is in areas of build quality and practicality, while reliability and ride quality take a hit too. That’s why having spent two years from the 2013 Driver Power survey camped in mid-30s positions overall, the DS3 has slumped to 67th place – a range update in 2014 unfortunately couldn’t prevent the slide. 

Overall average:
4.4215
88.43%
Average score from Driver Power
Relialibity:
4.628
92.56%
Average score from Driver Power
Build Quality:
4.405
88.1%
Average score from Driver Power
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No reliablity issues at all. Bought 3 year servicing plan. only extra costs so far are one set of windscreen wipers. fuel consumption lower than expected, so fuel costs higher.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Recall for earth lead on battery.no other problems. Ł199 for 3 years servicing every 12000,would prefer 20000 but other than diesel,tyres 30000 fr.33000 rearno other .

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only one issue with traction control light coming on but no fault was found at the dealer. fault has not reappeared. Only cost dso far is fuel.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

New car which is very reliable. Changed from diesel to petrol which costs about the same. thought I would get more to the gallon.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far. Doing mainly short journey's, mpg significantly better when using on longer trips.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Starts first time, runs smooth and drives very well. Only fuel cost so far .

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far. The car almost matches handbook figures.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. A bit lower than average.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems yet. Good fuel economy.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Always starts . Only fuel needed.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had a few problems the car

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No faults. 49 round town.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems as yet

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Just cant fault it

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Very reliable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5