What is it?
It’s the newly relaunched DS 3, which, like the DS 4 and DS 5 before it, has shed its Citroën branding and completes the standalone DS brand’s line-up. It’s the same three-door, C3-based hatch and Cabrio as before, but the nose has been sharpened and embellished to toe the DS corporate line, trim levels have been totally revised and include better basic kit, and two new engines have been introduced.
We’ll have to wait a few weeks to drive the new 207bhp 1.6 THP engine in the upcoming Performance model (think DS 3 Racing-lite), but this is our first chance for a steer of the Puretech 130 - a perkier tune of the DS 3’s existing 1.2-litre turbo three-pot - that has the Mini Cooper firmly in its sights.
Our car was the tin-top in Prestige spec - third of the six new trim levels - although the Puretech 130 is also available in cheaper Elegance trim.