The DS3's comfortable interior is relatively unchanged from the hatchback, with myriad gloss trims and snug seats. Rear visibility and space isn’t great, but the stylish Citroen is moderately practical for a small cabriolet.
Out on the road, with the roof closed, the cabin is quiet. Retract the top and the DS3's interior remains comfortable, although at motorway speeds both the noise level and buffeting increase considerably - but not to an unpleasant extent.
Equipment levels on the DSport Plus model are good, with standard kit including climate control, cruise control, a speed limiter, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, electronic stability control, a trip computer, electric windows and a steering wheel that adjusts for both height and reach.
One particularly refreshing detail is the lack of any wheel-mounted controls, which are instead attached to the column on a separate stalk, leaving the steering wheel clean and uncluttered.
Should I buy one?
The DS3 Cabrio is a genuinely enjoyable overall package. That alone makes it worth considering alongside more established rivals like the Mini Convertible and Fiat 500C.
While it might lack the full-on convertible experience, due to its enclosed cabin, the Citroen's good refinement, practicality and ease of use easily compensate for that shortfall.
It shouldn't prove costly to run either. The 1.6-litre engine is efficient, the service intervals are 20,000 miles apart and a standard three year, 60,000-mile warranty should keep unexpected bills to a minimum.
Those seeking the most engaging drive, however, might want to consider the Mazda MX-5.
Citroën DS3 Cabrio DSport Plus THP 155
Price £21,145; 0-62mph 8.2sec; Top speed 132mph; Economy 47.9mpg; CO2 137g/km; Kerb weight 1250kg; Engine 4cyls, 1598cc, turbo, petrol; Power 154bhp at 6000rpm; Torque 177lb ft at 1400rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual