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The Citroen DS3 sorta-kinda convertible has quirky charm in spades

11 Oct 2013

WHEN it launched in 1955, the original Citroen DS immediately cemented its place in history as a truly revolutionary car.

It borrowed very low-drag aerodynamic design from the aerospace industry, pioneered ingenious new technology and, most notably, looked like nothing else on the road.

In 2010 - 35 years after the DS’ production run ended - Citroen resurrected its nameplate with a range of cars that aimed to bring back some of the original flair.

The DS4 and DS5 model’s styling may have been a little stifled by practicality constraints, but when it came to the tiniest member of the range, it seemed the DS3 designers had a far bigger sandbox to play in.

Not only did the little hatchback get the most head-turning looks, to compete with wind-in-the-hair offerings from Fiat and Mini, the DS3 was also produced as a cabriolet.

Offering drop-top motoring and drop-dead styling, the Citroen DS3 Cabriolet looks like a tempting proposition, but how does it stack up against the other pint-sized convertibles – Fiat’s 500 C and the Mini Cabriolet?

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Model release date: 1 August 2013 to 1 April 2015

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