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The Top Gear car review: DS 3
For:Pretty bodywork, cool cabin, lovely three-pot engine, new infotainment
Against: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.