Three-sy does it

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WITH an ex­cel­lent range of petrol and diesel engines and a huge ar­ray of per­son­al­i­sa­tion avail­able, few sec­ond­hand Citroen DS3’s are likely to be the same.

That means that when look­ing for one, you may have to hunt around two or three deal­ers to fi nd just the right car for your tastes. But when you do fi nd it, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

These are the cars that were made be­fore DS be­came a brand in its own right and are dis­tin­guish­able by hav­ing both the DS badge and the chevron Ci­toren mar­que. The DS3 is funky and stylish with loads of bright colours and many have a dif­fer­ent colour for the roof and strip­ing pr de­cals to help them stand out from the mun­dane crowd in any car park.

Th is was Citroen’s an­swer to the all-con­quer­ing BMW MINI and hav­ing driven a fair few of them, they cer­tainly bring plenty of fun.

The petrol choice com­prises 82 or 110bhp 1.2-litre ver­sions, a 95bhp 1.4, or a 1.6 with 120, 155 or 165bhp. There is also a 1.6-litre turbo diesel with 90, 110, 115 or 120bhp re­leased at dif­fer­ent times.

The 90bhp diesel and 82bhp petrol only of­fer fair per­for­mance, but do give ex­cel­lent econ­omy.

Top per­for­mance mod­els are the THP 1.6 tur­bos, both of which of­fer scin­til­lat­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion from any speed, and yet driven care­fully, will still man­age rea­son­able econ­omy.

That much power in a fairly small and light body gives tremen­dous verve in any of the five gears and the en­gine is smooth and rea­son­ably quiet un­less pro­voked.

For a car with sport­ing pre­ten­sions, com­fort in the lower or­der cars is quite rea­son­able, but the THPs have stiff­ened sus­pen­sion giv­ing mak­ing them fi rmer and more un­set­tled.

Grip and road­hold­ing are very good across the board with great poise and pre­ci­sion through the cor­ners and re­spon­sive steer­ing. The front seats hold well in the cor­ners and the dash lay­out is great to use and stylish to live with.

Equip­ment in DS­port in­cludes au­dio re­mote, split fold rear seats, height ad­just driver’s seat, cruise, reach and height ad­just steer­ing, trac­tion con­trol, air­con and al­loys.

Pay about £4,900 for a ’14 14-reg 1.4 DSign, or £8,400 for a ‘15 15-reg 1.6HDi 115 DS­port. PETER HAY­WARD THE Na­tional Grid has hit back at claims the UK would need 10 new nu­clear power plants to cope with the gov­ern­ment’s 2040 petrol and diesel car ban.

It has been re­ported in the me­dia that in or­der to cope with the en­ergy re­quire­ments of a coun­try­wide switch to elec­tric ve­hi­cles, the UK would need to build as many as 10 nu­clear power plants.

How­ever, the en­ergy com­pany has said these claims are mis­lead­ing and have been taken out of con­text.

In its Fu­ture En­ergy Sce­nar­ios (FES) anal­y­sis, which was pub­lished in July, the Na­tional Grid laid out a se­lec­tion of en­ergy-use sce­nar­ios based on con­sumer at­ti­tudes, eco­nomic pros­per­ity, EV up­take and other fac­tors.

Of the four sce­nar­ios pub­lished, Two De­grees was the one the Na­tional Grid thought most in line with the gov­ern­ment’s 2040 an­nounce­ment. This pre­dicted most cars would be EVs and con­sumer de­mand for green tech­nolo­gies would be high, with par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on so­lar, wind and nu­clear en­ergy sources.

Un­der this sce­nario, it pre­dicts ad­di­tional peak­en­ergy de­mand from EVs alone would be about 5 GW, which represents an eight per cent in­crease on to­day’s peak-de­mand value.

The claims sur­round­ing peak de­mand ris­ing by as much as 30 GW are based on an­other sce­nario called High EV, which the Na­tional Grid says is far less likely to hap­pen.

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