DS3 Prestige – new car review

DS3 new car review

DS3 new car review

DS3 Prestige – new car review

The DS3 is the smallest car in the chic and sporty DS range, available as a three-door hatchback and in cabriolet form.

As a hatchback it is up against Mini, Audi A1 and other small cars in a sector where eye-catching styling is important. DS is part of the Citroen group but is a stand-alone brand, the Citroen name not appearing on the car at all.

DS3 also comes with a vast range of personalisation options which can give the cars a very individual look and ensure they stand out. Prices start at £14,395 with petrol and diesel versions available. My test model was a DS3 Prestige Blue, with a 118 hp 1.6 litre diesel engine which provides sporty performance – 0-60mph in 9.3 seconds – yet outstanding fuel economy, 78.5 mpg combined. It also has a road-tax-saving emissions figure of just 94/g/km.

The DS3 is based on the C3 supermini, but with re-tuned suspension to give a more sporty driving feel. It has excellent handling characteristics, and is grippy and composed, though the overall ride quality is on the firm side. There is good steering feedback with assured corning and in town, the car feels very nimble.

DS3 is quite distinctive in the hatch sector, displaying lots of clues to its sporty nature – sleek shape, twin exhausts, big 17 inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler and quirky DS badges. Inside, the car is roomy in the front though rear accommodation is little cramped. The boot is a decent size at 285 litres. Continue reading

Lexus GS300h new car review

Lexus GS new car review

Lexus GS new car review

Lexus GS300h new car review

The Lexus brand has a strong following with both private buyers and business users, and our Lexus GS300h new car review helps explain why.

Beautifully styled and extremely refined to drive, the GS300h has a clue in its name – the ‘h’ is for hybrid. It uses petrol engines boosted by electric motors to deliver good fuel economy, low road tax and more attractive benefit-in-kind rates for the business user.

There are two engines in the range, the 300h and 450h.The smaller engine is a 2.5-litre petrol, the other a 3.5-litre V6. Both are mated to electric motors. There are four trim levels: Executive Edition, Luxury, F Sport and Premier, all very well equipped. Continue reading