Following on from the very stylish and chic CITROËN DS3 Hatchback the The CITROËN DS3 Cabrio inherits the strong personality of the hatchback. At 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46m high, it retains the original’s compact proportions, denoting agility and energy. The architecture of the DS3 Cabrio is fully in DS3 character. The canvas roof becomes a new source of personalisation with a range of original colours and designs that add to the car’s unique personality. The new model also features 3D LED lights at the rear and a chrome- finished handle that elegantly highlights the top of the tailgate.

A highly personal and entirely unique automotive object
The DS3 Cabrio is available with three roof colours: Noir Onyx, Bleu Infini and Gris Monogram. The highly sophisticated Bleu Infini canvas comprises delicate hues of blue and violet. The visual effect is obtained by a weave of three different coloured threads, one of which is shiny. Each thread reacts differently to changes in light to further emphasise the singular personality of the DS3 Cabrio. The iconic DS logo features on the Gris Monogram canvas roof by contrasting two grey tones with a Gris Moondust background (only available on DSport). This has created a look and feel which has only been achieved by some of the world’s best luxury goods companies.

CITROËN has maintained the distinctive floating roof feature by colouring the rear side panels black and echoing the colour of the soft top on the upper part of the body sides, the front cross strip and the rear spoiler. When the Gris Monogram roof is selected is the dash, gear knob wing mirror and wheels colour coded Gris Moondust. When a black or blue roof is selected you get colour coded wing mirrors. The DStyle comes with a piano black dash and the DSport comes with the Carbotech effect dash. As with all DS3 the centre hub and key fob is colour coded to the body colour.
The atmosphere on board the DS3 Cabrio is just as distinctive as the body styling:

The ceiling-mounted console, home to the roof opening control, features white LED ambiance lighting.
The instrument cluster and automatic air conditioning displays match the ambient lighting with their white lighting.
The inner lining of the soft-top roof underscores the high-end feel inside the DS3 Cabrio and provides top-notch acoustic comfort.


Hypnotic 3D LED tail lights
The DS3 Cabrio has a three-dimensional light signature based on all-new 3D LED tail-light technology. The design of the lights is inspired by those on the Revolte and Survolt concept cars.

The central part of the light comprises a rectangular light guide of 31 LEDs and an ensemble of semi-reflecting mirrors that reflect the light guide into infinity. The 3D unit lights up at night when the headlamps are turned on and in daylight when the driver brakes. A 15-LED blade on the upper part of the light emphasises the 3D unit and serves as a side and stopping light.

In an elegant piece of detailing, the 3D light features a chrome-finished DS logo set in an embossed black DS setting.

The optimised architecture of the cabriolet model retains all of the agility and responsiveness of the original and while most convertibles weigh in more than the regular model, the DS3 Cabrio is just 25kg heavier than the DS3 hatchback.

This was achieved by using the same side architecture as the DS3 hatchback. The only structural reinforcement that had to be added was around the boot.

Equipped with the same technical base as the regular DS3 – i.e. structural components and running gear – the Cabrio keeps all of the handling that makes the DS3 such a treat to drive while at the same time offering top-notch control and safety. The DS3 Cabrio brings the driver into “contact with the road” for amazing ease in corners and bends.

Essentials behind DS3 Cabrio’s on-road performance:

The chassis and running gear, with MacPherson-type suspension at the front and a flexible traverse beam at the rear, are the result of high-precision development work.

Springs and damping have been developed to perfectly “read” the road, with excellent body roll control and impressive poise in corners, while remaining easy to handle.

Bi-density shims on the rear axle effectively filter out road disturbances while ensuring excellent cross-wise stability.

Steering is enhanced by a small-diameter wheel (363 mm) and a calibrated power setting to send back precise information. This enables drivers to “place” the wheels exactly where they want, whatever the speed.
Development work, which also extended to seats and tyres, has ensured perfect course stability, bringing drivers a reassuring feel of control.

Efficient engines to match
The DS3 Cabrio is available in two efficient petrol engines matching the car’s stylish and sporty look:

Available on DStyle is the 1.6-litre petrol engine which develops 88 kW of power and with maximum torque of 160Nm at 4250rpm. This engine consumes 6.7 litres of fuel on a combined cycle and emits 154 g/km of CO2.

The DSport variant comes fitted with the 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 115 kW of power and with maximum torque figures of 240 Nm from 1400 rpm to 4,000rpm. The combined fuel consumption figure is 5.9 l/100km and the CO2 emissions figure a low 137 g/km. It’s this engine that was built in partnership between PSA and BMW that has won the International Engine of the year 7 years running.

The DS3 Cabrio was designed to bring occupants pleasure with no compromises. It combines the advantages of a classic cabriolet with the strong points of a hatchback.
Top-down driving has never been this easy:

The roof takes just 16 seconds to fully close, at speeds of up to 120km/h. Motorists open and close the roof with a button in the ceiling console offering three opening positions: intermediate, horizontal and total. Even in horizontal setting, the soft top folds back behind the rear passengers so they get a completely clear view.

Engineers worked particularly hard on acoustics. First, by choosing top-quality canvas, with standard-setting soundproofing, comparable to that of a hatchback when closed. But also by designing an aerodynamic deflector net for optimum acoustic comfort with the canvas roof open. This component springs into action as soon as the roof opens, deflecting air currents and preventing air buffeting.


The design is also less invasive in terms of cabin space. The DS3 Cabrio has five real seats and the largest boot in its category, at 245 litres. In a breakthrough in the segment, it has the same cabin space as its hatchback sister. And even retains the 60/40 split-folding rear bench, handy for a range of everyday needs. The tailgate has a particularly original opening path (circular motion), which enables motorists to fully open the boot no matter what the space behind (for example, when parked rear to wall).

Work on aerodynamics has resulted in an SCx of 0.69 m2, identical to that of the hatchback, which enhances performance but also helps to reduce CO2 emissions. More specifically, the impressive result was obtained by adding a long spoiler and aerodynamic deflectors on the quarter-light surrounds.


Citroen DS Capped Price Servicing
All DS models come with the peace of mind of capped price servicing. This is $360 per year or 20,000 kms (whichever comes first) for the first three years or 60,000km (whichever comes first) of the vehicle’s life.


Tissu Akinen Mistral (Black Cloth) Trim
Four-speed automatic transmission
LED daytime running lights
Front fog lights
3D tail lights
16″ “Ashera” alloy wheels
Space saver spare wheel
Leather steering wheel with satin chrome insert
Cruise control with speed limiter
Radio with CD & MP3
Automatic digital air conditioning
Connecting box + Bluetooth (USB & Aux)
Security pack (six airbags and seatbelt warning light)
Chrome pack (front bumper, door handles, tailgate, & window trim)
Aluminium pedals and foot rest
Interior LED mood lighting
Piano black dashboard and centre console
New rear boot opening
Rear park assist
Integrated aromatic air freshener
Tinted rear windows
Full LED courtesy lamp with ambiance lighting
Illuminated vanity mirrors

DStyle specification plus:

Six-speed manual transmission
1.6 Litre Turbo Petrol Engine
17″ “Bellone” black alloy wheels
Satellite navigation
Hi-Fi sound system
Carbon effect dashboard
Floor mats
Chrome tipped exhaust



DS3 Cabrio DStyle Automatic – $30,990
DS3 Cabrio DSport Manual – $32,990


Options on DStyle & DSport:
Metallic paint – $800
Bleu Infini roof & Gris Monogram roof -$800
Leather trim – $2,000
Option on DStyle:
Sat Nav & Hi Fi System – $2,000

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.