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Which DS 3 is this? It’s the new DS 3 Performance Line. What we have here is the DS equivalent of Audi’s S-Line and BMW’s M Sport, an aesthetic package that makes smaller engined models look like more performance-minded variants. So you have styling flourishes that echo the DS 3 Performance, smothering a hatchback powered by your choice of efficient 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines. Power outputs range from 98bhp to 128bhp. So they’re not quick, then… They’re not going to trouble any hot hatches, but the DS 3 is a small car, don’t forget. It doesn’t necessarily need oodles of power. We’ve driven the most potent – the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine with 128bhp and 170lb ft of torque. Its 8.9sec 0-62mph time and 127mph top speed ought to be plenty for most small car buyers.