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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: DS 3

Editor’s choice
Overall verdict
Not as fresh as it was, but ageing gracefully, and still the best DS of the bunch.


Pretty bodywork, cool cabin, lovely three-pot engine, new infotainment


Pricey Cabrio, still not as rewarding as a Mini


What is it?

Finally and belatedly stripped of all Citroen badging, DS is now beginning the long and treacherous road to becoming a credible standalone premium carmaker.

In order to keep challenging the Audi A1 (older, better badge) and Mini Cooper (newer, better everything) and until DS gets around to making some actual new cars, DS has bequeathed the, er, 3, a new grille which ironically appears to steal a few Audi design cues, some token tech inside, and a go-faster hot hatch version called the DS 3 Performance.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 PureTech 130 Cafe Racer 3dr
8.9s 105g/km 62.8 130 £21,895
The cheapest
1.2 PureTech 82 Parthenon Cream 3dr
12.3s 107g/km 61.4 82 £17,090
The greenest
1.2 PureTech Cafe Racer 3dr
9.6s 100g/km 65.7 110 £21,375