Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Citroen DS3 2009

1.4 petrol , 3 door hatchback

Test Date: Nov 2009

Citroen DS3 crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 87%
Child Occupant 71%
Pedestrian 35%
Safety Assist 83%

Compare with other cars in the Super Mini category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the legs and femurs of both driver and pssenger. Citroen were able to demonstrate that similar protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different seating positions. The car scored maximum points in the side barrier impact. In the more severe side pole test, chest protection was rated as weak, based on dummy readings of rib deflections. Protection against whiplash injuriy in a rear impact was rated as marginal.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. The label warning of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat without first disabling the airbag is not available in all European languages and was not rewarded by Euro NCAP.


In most areas likely to be struck by the head of a pedestrian, the bonnet provided poor protection and scored no points. The bumper provided predominantly good protection for pedestrians' legs.

Safety assist

All variants of the DS3 are equipped as standard with electronic stability control, a seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger seats and a driver-set speed limitation device

applies to all DS3's of the specification tested