Diesel hot-hatch duel - specifications

 Citroen DS3Ford Fiesta
On the road price/total as tested£15,900/£17,650£16,395/£ 17,090
Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000)£413/£827£5,951/36.3%
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£1,614/£2,690£426/£853
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)18/£465/C/£30£1,666/£2,777
Ins. grp./quote/road tax band/cost£199 (3 years/30k)12/£438/B/£20
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£195/£195/£295
Length/wheelbase1,483/1,715mm3,958/2,489mm
Height/width4cyl in-line/1,560cc1,433/1,722mm
Engine109/3,600 bhp/rpm4cyl in-line/1,560cc
Peak power 270/2,000 Nm/rpm89/4,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque 6-spd man/fwd212/1,750 Nm/rpm
Transmission 48 litres5-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacityFoam sealant40 litres
Spare wheel285/980 litresFoam sealant
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 1,090/522kg295/979 litres
Kerbweight/payload10.4 metres1,011/539kg
Turning circle3yrs (60k)/1yr10.2 metres
Basic warranty/recovery12,500 miles/2103yrs (60k)/1yr
Service intervals/UK dealers12,500 miles/781
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.26th/20th*24th/27th*
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars87/71/35/55/4/3/92**
0-60/30-70mph9.6/10.0 secs12.4/13.0 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 3.8/5.1 secs5.3/6.8 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th 7.1/9.4 secs10.9/N/A secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 118mph/2,100rpm111mph/2,500rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 48.8/35.2/9.0m49.3/34.3/8.6m
Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph60/42/64/73dB64/47/64/71dB
Auto Express economy/range41.6mpg/439 miles40.3mpg/355 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 50.4/72.4/62.8mpg54.3/78.5/67.2mpg
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket182/118g/km/13%188/110g/km^/13%
Airbags/Isofix/parking sensorsSix/yes/£400*Four/yes/£275
Air-con/leather/heated seatsYes/£800/noYes/£600/no
Auto box/stability/cruise controlNo/yes/yesNo/yes/no
Met paint/auto lights/keyless start£410/£400*/no£445/£100/£150
Sat-nav/aux-in/Bluetooth£750/yes/yes£350^^/yes/£200

Most Popular

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”
Opinion - electric car prices
Opinion

“Mid-sized electric cars are way beyond the financial reach of most mums and dads”

Mike Rutherford thinks the industry needs to face the fact that a lot of people can’t afford a brand new factory-fresh car
16 May 2022
Best electric cars to buy 2022
Best electric cars
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2022

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
28 Apr 2022
Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger
Shell charger
News

Shell and ABB team up to deliver world’s fastest electric car charger

New Shell and ABB-developed Terra 360 EV charger can add 62 miles of range in less than three minutes
16 May 2022