Citroen covers all the bases with new five-seater Cabrio
Open-air driving is fun and it takes 16 seconds to open, or close, the roof says Martin Brennan
Citroen has launched a car for all seasons. The new DS3 Cabrio has all the space and strength of the hatchback version with the advantage of an electrically-operated roll-back canvas roof. To prove that there was no compromise of space, Citroen's managing director Frederic Soulier joined four journalists in the compact model at the Dublin launch to prove that it was a full five-seater.
The Cabrio gives the opportunity for great open-air driving, Irish weather permitting. It takes just 16 seconds to open the roof fully – even at speeds of up to 120kmh, which is unique. To make it as user-friendly as the hardtop hatchback version, special attention has been given to soundproofing. It will compete with the MINI Convertible and the Fiat 500c and has the largest boot at 245 litres – big enough to hold a set of golf clubs, designers claim.
This is a small but pricey segment of the market. The MINI Convertible at €23,500 had 15 sales last year, the 500c at €15,500 notched up 10 sales and the DS Cabrio, which pricewise slots between the two at €21,145 for the entry level model, is targeting a further 10 sales for this year.
One has already been sold to TV's MasterChef judge Nick Munier, who is a brand ambassador for Citroen.
The Irish specification at the entry level DSign version includes speed limiter, cruise control, rear parking sensors and sports suspension. The new 4.9L/km (63mpg) VTI petrol engine is available with this trim and there are a host of options, including air conditioning and alloy wheels, which will push the €21,195 price tag significantly higher.
The DStyle with higher trim levels, including navigation, air conditioning and an EGS6 automatic gearbox which suits the e-HDi 90 high performance diesel engine, is priced at €25,045 and returns 3.8L/100km with just 99 g/km of CO2. The range topping DSport, which gets the powerful petrol THP 155 bhp engine and extra equipment, is priced at €26,545.
Citroen is growing market share gradually by adding fuel incentives and extra equipment, such as Bluetooth and air conditioning, to entry level models across the range of cars on offer.