What's it like?
Mechanically, it’s identical to the standard DS 3. The 1.2-litre engine develops 109bhp, which gets the little French car from stationary to 62mph in 9.6 seconds. The car never feels rapid, but it certainly has enough to be swift and keep you entertained. It’s rev-happy, too; maximum torque arrives at 1500rpm and the engine pulls freely all the way through to 6000rpm.
There is a slight mismatch between the eager engine response and the notchy gear change. It feels loose and sloppy, and often leaves you searching for the gear you’re after, or checking to see whether you’ve engaged the intended one. Shifting into second gear enthusiastically can cause the gearstick to knock on surrounding trim, which is rather unpleasant. The clutch has too much resistance, so feels heavy as well.
The DS 3 handles decently, but it won't set your pulse racing. There’s plenty of grip to exploit and the steering is accurate and well-weighted, yet the wheel lacks much in the way of feel. Body-lean is also pronounced if you press on with any degree of enthusiasm. Most of the time the ride is firm but acceptable, although it fidgets around too much over broken surfaces.
Inside, the dash is dominated by a high-level 7.0in touchscreen that controls the car's infotainment system. The pink dashboard panel looks swish, while the other prominent surfaces are a mix of textured plastic and gloss-black finishers. There’s also a rather neat leather-look canopy over the instrument panel. On the whole, it's well designed and feels up to date.
The driver’s seat is set a little too high, even in its lowest setting, yet most people could find a comfortable driving position because there’s plenty of other seat adjustment and the steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake. There’s also plenty of head room, but the seats are a little on the small side.
Rather surprisingly, there's the absence of cupholders. Not a single one has been smuggled into the front of the cabin, although a bottle can be stored in the door bins. The 3’s dash is well recessed in front of the passenger seat, providing useful extra knee room, but that does mean that the glovebox barely passes as a storage location.
Getting into the back is simple enough. The front seats tilt and slide forward by pulling a lever on the top shoulder of the front seat. The opening is large enough to be able to get in comfortably, although once seated, head room is limited and most adults will find their knees pressed up against the back of the front seats.
If you are loading heavier items into the boot there’s a rather large lip to get over. It’s not the biggest space, either - but then again, this is a fairly petite car. The rear seats fold forward and split 60:40, although they don’t lie flat, and therefore leave a stepped boot floor.
Should I buy one?
Limited edition cars can be hit and miss, and it’s a delicate balance to achieve. Generally, they demand extra cash for something that’s more exclusive or fitted with extra kit.
DS has openly targeted this car at female buyers, who it says account for just over 50% of DS 3 customers. Some might argue that chasing female buyers with a makeup kit and some pink trim is a tad patronising, while others will no doubt love it. All we'll say is that spending £3000 on top of the DS 3 Elegance model, upon which it is based, is a lot, no matter how great the makeup inside may make you look.