The Citroen DS3 has some seriously tough competition but thankfully it is up there with the best of them. Buyers love its trendy image and the ability to personalise each car with graphics and interior features so you really feel as if you are getting something special. In the cabin you are greeted with a "funky" looking dashboard that is full of electrical gadgets to keep almost any driver entertained. Space in the cabin is good upfront but tight in the back for taller passengers; the boot is also a good size. On the road it drives well and is very refined no matter which engine you choose. The handling is sharp and inspires confidence but the Mini is better.