DS 3 Per­for­mance

Small but pack­ing a proper punch, our DS makes light work of the city

Evo - - FAST FLEET - Louis Shaw (@L_ Shaw_)

FFOUR MONTHS IN AND I THINK I’VE cracked it. A car with so many ‘lux­ury’ trap­pings may not be the most con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing hatch on a rough coun­try lane, but I’ve found the DS rather en­joy­able on Lon­don’s city streets. It’s fast, it’s fun and, parked amongst the cap­i­tal’s su­per­car elite, also far more in­fre­quent a sight than some­thing like a 488 GTB, al­beit not quite as spe­cial (sorry DS).

For those of you lucky enough to en­joy some of Bri­tain’s best B-roads on a daily ba­sis, I look on with envy, but for peo­ple like me, who live in a big city and have a pas­sion for cars, the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment be­comes some­thing of a play­ground. And what bet­ter way to en­joy the nar­row, twisty streets than in an in­fin­itely ac­ces­si­ble hot hatch?

This prob­a­bly sounds ridicu­lous given that ‘ the thrill of driv­ing’ doesn’t ex­actly con­jure up images of traf­fic lights, con­ges­tion zones and par­al­lel park­ing, but there are many more mo­ments of quiet sat­is­fac­tion than you might ex­pect. When you get into a rhythm with the DS 3 Per­for­mance, the ex­pe­ri­ence can be gen­uinely ful­fulling. This car is quick – too quick for Lon­don, of course, but that sense of ur­gency, fa­cil­i­tated by ea­ger throt­tle re­sponse from a torquey engine and backed up by grippy Miche­lin Su­per Sport tyres, just seems very well suited to the ur­ban realm.

You could eas­ily make the case that the DS 3 Per­for­mance is mas­sively overqual­i­fied for city streets. Af­ter all, a lim­ited-slip diff does lit­tle to im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of turn­ing left at 8mph, but it’s still pleas­ing to be in some­thing fo­cused for those gloomy com­mutes: the out­side lane opens up on Park Lane and you drop into sec­ond gear and launch from 20 to 40mph with an ag­gres­sive lunge that an ‘or­di­nary’ car couldn’t repli­cate… OK, who am I kid­ding? I need to get back to the B660.

Like all hot hatches, this DS is a car to be taken se­ri­ously, but it can also be en­joyed in any sce­nario. Even the worst place to drive in the UK.

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