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Car Review

DS 3 review

£17,090 - £42,645
Published: 13 Jan 2015
A former TopGear Car of the Year. That was a long time ago, though.

Good stuff

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

Bad stuff

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.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

Not as fresh as it was, but ageing gracefully, and still the best DS of the bunch.

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