Citroen DS3 (2010-2016) and DS 3 (2016-2019): dimensions and boot space

All the dimensions for the Citroen DS3 and the DS 3 that you could need, including width, length, height and boot size

Sam Naylor
Aug 5, 2022

The Citroen DS3 and DS 3 are essentially the same car - you can read more about it in our full DS 3 buying guide, but the short version is that Citroen spun off a separate brand called DS in 2016 and the Citroen DS3 became the DS 3 at that time, under the new branding.

The car did get an update with new looks and different engines, but the fundamental parts were pretty much the same as ever. The car was on sale from 2010-2019 in its various forms, and there were also Cabrio convertible versions with a large fabric sunroof and even the Citroen DS3 Racing and DS 3 Performance models, which were faster and sharper to drive.

Most versions used either a small petrol engine or a diesel motor, and were aimed at buyers interested in the Fiat 500 or Mini Hatchback. The DS3 is a stylish small car and was a three-door only, so it was less practical than other superminis such as the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta, which were both available with five doors.

Read on to find out more about the Citroen DS3 and the later DS 3, including their size and shape, interior space, boot space and towing capacity.


Citroen DS3 and DS 3 dimensions

At around 3.9m long and 1.7m wide, the Citroen DS3 and DS 3 (all versions are the same size) are very small cars. They’re smaller than a Ford Fiesta, for example, although the Fiat 500 is smaller still, as a city car - so if you are looking for something truly compact, you'll probably prefer the Fiat.

There’s more room inside the DS than in the 500, though, and the front seats in particular are more comfortable. There’s more room in the back seats of the Citroen/DS than in the Mini as well, although that’s not saying much.

You really wouldn’t want to carry passengers in the back of the car very often, as legroom is really tight. Storage in the car isn’t very good either, as the glove box is tiny and the door bins are small as well.

Citroen DS33,948mm1,715mm1,483mm
DS 33,948mm1,715mm1,483mm
Citroen DS3 Cabrio3,948mm1,715mm1,483mm
DS 3 Cabrio3,954mm1,715mm1,483mm

Citroen DS3 and DS 3 boot space

The Citroen DS3/DS 3 has a pretty decent boot considering the type of car it is, at 285 litres with the rear seats up (or 265 litres in late-model DS 3 versions). That’s more than the 211 litres you get in the Mini and 185 litres in the Fiat 500.

Fold the seats down and there’s 980 litres in the Citroen DS3, which is also pretty useful to have - it means you can carry bigger objects more easily. However, the DS3 is still not a very practical car next to other superminis - the Volkswagen Polo has 355 litres of space in the boot with the seats up, for example.

The DS3 Cabrio has less boot space than the hard-top model to accommodate the roof - it only offers 245 litres - and a small boot opening, so steer clear of this model if you need to use the boot a lot.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
Citroen DS3285 litres980 litres
DS 3265 litres880 litres
Citroen DS3 Cabrio245 litres-
DS 3 Cabrio245 litres-


Citroen DS3 and DS 3 towing capacity

The Citroen DS3 doesn’t make a great tow car, as the maximum permitted weight for towing in any version is 1,150kg. This is for a braked trailer and it applies to all versions including the Cabrio model.

None of the engines in the DS3 range is particularly powerful, which doesn’t matter much when the car is quite light in the first place (see the next section), but if you are hooking up a trailer then this will become a problem. Not only will performance be rather sluggish, fuel economy will also suffer heavily.

ModelTowing capacity
Citroen DS3Up to 1,150kg
DS 3Up to 1,150kg
Citroen DS3 Cabrio1,100-1,150kg
DS 3 CabrioUp to 1,150kg

Citroen DS3 and DS 3 weight

The Citroen DS3/DS 3 is a small and light car, which is good because it means the small engines are able to provide good performance without using too much fuel. Even the basic 82hp entry-level model doesn’t feel too slow on the road, and it offers cheap running costs, particularly insurance.

The Citroen and DS versions generally weigh around the same, from 1,120kg in the entry-level versions with small three-cylinder engines and a manual gearbox up to 1,275kg for the larger-capacity diesel versions with an automatic gearbox fitted.

The heaviest versions are the Cabrio models, since when the roof is removed and a fabric item is put in place, Citroen has to add extra strengthening beams to the body to keep it rigid and safe. This adds weight and means the car will be less efficient and slower with the same engines.

Citroen DS31,120-1,275kg
DS 31,120-1,260kg
Citroen DS3 Cabrio1,165-1,275kg
DS 3 Cabrio1,205kg



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