The most significant design changes are at the front of the car, which wears the new DS corporate face, with chrome ‘wings’ that extend from a deep-set grille to the swept-back LED headlights. Farther back, the DS 3 retains some of the original car’s distinctive design features, including the floating roof and the shark fin C-pillars.
Topping the range for keen drivers is the DS 3 Performance, a sporty variant powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine that produces 205bhp and 221lb ft and emits 125g/km of CO2. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with shorter gear ratios than the standard versions and is also fitted with a Torsen limited-slip differential.
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The suspension of the DS 3 Performance is lowered by 15mm, while the front and rear tracks have been widened by 26mm and 14mm respectively. It is also fitted with larger 323mm brake discs and Brembo calipers at the front, and 249mm discs at the rear.
The DS 3 Performance gets a raft of styling tweaks including a twin-exit tailpipe, carbonfibre side mouldings, different sill plates and black wheelarch extensions. Inside, there are bucket seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara with ‘DS Performance’ embroidery.
A further six engines are available in the range, consisting of three Puretech three-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrols with 81, 108 and 128bhp, a THP 1.6 four-cylinder petrol with 163bhp and a brace of BlueHDi diesels with 99 and 118bhp outputs. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and there is also the choice of a new automatic transmission.
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Of this range, the Puretech 130 engine is available in the DS 3 for the first time. It produces maximum power of 128bhp at 5500rpm and peak torque of 170lb ft from 1750rpm. Combined fuel consumption for this engine is 62.8mpg and it produces a competitively low 105g/km of CO2.
The cleanest variant is the DS 3 BlueHDi 100, which produces 99bhp and emits 87g/km of CO2.
Inside, there are new trims and interior design schemes, but the biggest news is an upgrade in technology. The DS 3 gets a new 7in colour touchscreen that provides simpler access to all of the vehicle functions. There’s a simplified central fascia, with 20 fewer buttons. The system has Mirror Screen functionality, meaning compatible apps on a smartphone can be operated via the touchscreen.
New driver assistance systems include front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and, for cars equipped with a manual gearbox, hill start assist.
The DS 3 Cabriolet features a retractable fabric roof that can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 70mph. The boot volume is unchanged from the previous car: 285 litres in the hatchback and 245 litres in the cabriolet.
As with the previous DS 3, the potential for personalisation is vast: more than three million combinations of roof, body, rear-view mirror housings, dashboard and gear knob can be selected. Customers can choose from 78 body/roof colour combinations for the hatchback and four variations of fabric roof for the cabriolet.