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Entry-level trim comes with a decent slug of standard kit, including LED daytime running lights, an auxiliary input socket, remote central locking, cruise control and electric front windows. You also get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, 16in alloy wheels, air-con and a USB connection. However, it's best avoided because it's only available with the weaker 1.2 Puretech 82 petrol engine.
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Connected Chic
This is our favourite trim because it keeps the price down but gives you access to better engines in the range. Standard equipment is good, adding to the Chic trim 17in alloys, climate control, rear parking sensors, a two-tone colour option and, as the name suggests, better connectivity including smartphone mirroring (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and sat-nav.
Black LΓ©zard
As well as everything Connected Chic trim comes with, you get special styling upgrades, leather seats, power-folding door mirrors, xenon headlights, automatic lights and wipers and – wait for it – a leather clutch bag.
Parthenon Cream
This model has an exclusive Parthenon Cream exterior colour and topaz roof, as well as front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Otherwise the spec is the same as Connected Chic.
Performance Line
This sporty trim level isn’t cheap and is difficult to recommend because the only upgrades it gets over Connected Chic are style-focused, including different 17in alloys, a spoiler and some light DS Performance badging.
Inès de la Fressange
Comes with everything the Connected Chic trim has, plus power-folding door mirrors, xenon headlights, climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers. The main difference is a host of red, white and blue styling upgrades, including blue leather seats.
In addition to the Performance Line specification, this trim adds bespoke 17in alloy wheels, contrasting roof, xenon headlights, power-folding door mirrors, auto lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded stereo system, part-Alcantara seat trim and automatic emergency braking.
This hot hatch variant gets xenon headlights, 18in alloys, a limited-slip differential, sports exhaust, upgraded brakes and a host of DS Performance badging inside. It's expensive, but it is by far the best variant of the DS 3 to drive.
Performance Black
Comes with all the sporty features of the Performance, but adds a host of styling modifications plus front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, an upgraded stereo and automatic emergency braking.
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