2011 Citroën DS3
You certainly can’t claim the DS3 is boring, because from virtually every angle there’s some sort of touch that ambitious French designers used to separate the DS3 from the herd of identical boxes out there on the roads. With contrasting roof and mirror color options (à la the MINI), a unique, three-quarters length C-pillar treatment, front LED accents, and intricately detailed alloy wheels, it’s a lively car with a premium attitude. Based on the mechanicals of the well-received Citroën C3, all this chic style doesn’t mean that drivers will be disappointed, because behind the Citroën double-chevron grille is a turbocharged four cylinder good for 154 horsepower, far more than enough to motivate a super-mini to fun velocities. It should be, as the “Prince” motor was co-developed with the similarly fun-to-drive MINI and Peugeot range, with all sorts of high-tech wizardry like direct injection and a twin-scroll supercharger, resulting in a broad powerband (and a great exhaust note). Who else but the French, and particularly Citroën, could blend style and driving enjoyment in such a unique way?