Thursday, 23 November 2017

DS 3 has the looks today demands

WORKING my way through the new DS 3 line-up over these past months, I have now been able

WORKING my way through the new DS 3 line-up over these past months, I have now been able to try a car in the range that demonstrated more sublime comfort and joy.

The DS 3 Ultra Prestige THP 165 combined a welcome luxuriously appointed interior not usually found in small hatchbacks with useful power.

Actually, I am working my way up to trying the DS 3 Performance. That model boasts a 1.6-litre THP turbo petrol engine, which had powered in its time the late, lamented (on my part, at least) Peugeot RCZ.

In the DS 3 Performance model this engine produces a spanking 205bhp. The car comes with lowered suspension, brakes with more beef, and a Torsen limited-slip differential.

These are all the ingredients that make a swift and hopefully satisfying drive in a car that has to my mind brought a most welcome aspect to driving small cars.



In other words, this is a hot hatch complete with the luxury trimmings of a much larger, more prestigious model.

Anyway, the DS 3 Performance will have to wait for another day (there is also a DS 3 Performance Black, which I will hopefully get to soon). As with all carmakers these days, one model has myriad manifestations. It’s up to you, the blessed punter, to make your choice.

The simplest way is to go online and have a look on any carmaker’s website without a salesman breathing down your neck.

In the meantime, I was far from disappointed with my drive in the DS 3 Ultra Prestige THP 165.

There will be a time when it will not be necessary to recap on the emergence of the DS brand. But I think it’s worth telling at least once more here. The DS name first came about in 2009 when Citroën launched it as a premium sub-brand added to certain models.

The DS moniker is apparently derived as an abbreviation of the words “different spirit” or “distinctive series”. But I am happier with its historical reference to the wonderful Citroën DS of old.

For the curious among you, it is also said to be a play on words, because in French it is pronounced “déesse” (goddess).

Since 2015 the Citroën branding has been dropped in connection with DS line models and DS has continued as a standalone brand.

A striking thing about all the models in the DS 3 range is that without fail they seem to fit a modern 21st century world like a rather refined glove.

They are stylish, and grab the attention of younger motorists, I’m sure — similar to the way in which smartphones either appeal or not to a generation that demands instant satisfaction with regards to the way any product looks.

Time will tell how good the DS range is, but in this fast-moving world that might not be so relevant: there will be a constant outflow of new models in future to choose from.

For now, I find the DS range totally appealing. If you look online you will see that you can add your own taste and style from the DS 3’s wheels up.

Even when you get to the roof you can indulge yourself — choosing from a range of colours and graphic designs.

Today, there is hardly time to write about the shape of things to come. In motoring, as in computers, smartphones, TVs, you name it, we are constantly being bombarded with the new.



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