Three-sy does it
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.