Mike Stevens | Jul 11, 2012

Citroen's upmarket DS3 light hatch can't be accused of storming the Australian market: despite price cuts and new features, just eight were sold here in June.

Still, the local market for light cars over $25,000 is a slow one for all players, with only the Fiat 500 (81) and the Peugeot 207 (46) doing anything close to decent numbers.

To generate more interest in the still-pricey DS3 (since February, it now starts at $29,990+ORC instead of $35,990), Citroen's Australian distributor Ateco is throwing two-tone leather into the bargain.

Offered specifically with the top-shelf $33,290 (driveaway) DSport variant, Ateco says the leather deal adds $2000 in value to the purchase of a new DS3.

It's a limited-time offer however, subject to availability.

Mechanically, the DS3 DSport remains unchanged, with power provided by a 115kW and 240Nm 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine.

Mated to Citroen's six-speed MCM manual transmission, the DSport lists a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds and fuel consumption figures of 6.7 l/100km on the combined cycle.

Earlier this year, the DS3 DSport added Bluetooth and USB/aux connectivity to its list of standard features.


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