Motors > My Car - David Battrick
My car: Citroen DS3 – White Edition
I bought my Citroen DS3 last April because I needed to replace my little Smart car, as by September I would need to take both my daughters to school – and three people in a two-seater would be a bit cosy, especially as my daughters are now 11 and 13!
So with a glut of suitable cars available which would I choose? Well, after thumbing through magazines and doing internet searches, followed by several test drives I finally decided to get the DS3.
It’s got quite a striking design, which I think is great and far more imaginative than your average 3-door hatchback, and inside are plenty of gadgets to appeal to my ‘boys and their toys’ sensibilities. It has a great chassis which gives me plenty of confidence when cornering – it really sticks to the road and the seats are extremely comfortable, so long journeys are less of a chore.
On the technical side, things like the speed limiter, which I can set to any speed ensures that I can’t go over the speed limit wherever I drive and the cruise control makes motorway & dual carriageway driving easier.
I can attach my I-phone to the stereo to play my choice of music whenever I want and it may sound mildly odd, but the way the water squirts over the windscreen when you need to is brilliant. Rather than two thin streams of water that fly over the roof and wash the car behind, dozens of fine sprays cover the whole screen simply and effectively!
It’s a 1.6 diesel but does an average of 60mpg which I think is fantastic. Also, as it has low emissions, it is only £10 a year to tax, however it has plenty of power for overtaking safely when needed.
I bought it from Andrew Wildin at Coleford Motorhouse (a member of the FSB) for £16000 (or thereabouts).
All in all, it’s a great little car, which is great for me and does a great job in promoting the FSB because of the great signwriting, kindly donated by Rob Wallace at Severn Signs.
To find out more about the FSB click here.