The magazine wrote of the DS3 in its pages:
"DS3 has pulled off that heady mix of ability, excitement and affordability that's impossible to ignore. It walks so many fine lines so delicately and so comprehensively that it's hard to find a chink in the armour. The Top Gear Car of the Year is a small, thoughtful, affordable, stylish, fun little hatchback. It's the people's champion."
It is speculated that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, known for his contempt for French cars, wasn't deeply involved in the selection. "Considering the fierce competition, it is a fantastic achievement for DS3 to win the top accolade," said Linda Jackson, managing director of CitroŽn UK, said the release.
In Singapore, the DS3 is available with two 1.6L engine options - one normally aspirated, one turbocharged. Both engines are co-developed with BMW. Whilst the force fed motor in the THP variant churns out 156bhp and 240Nm, the VTi model makes do with 120bhp and 160Nm. The base VTI version is mated to a conventional four speed auto gearbox while the hotter THP model gets a six speed manual tranny.