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1.2 Puretech 82
The three-cylinder petrol engine is eager and impressively efficient, and its characteristic thrum settles into the background at speed. You need to work it hard to extract decent performance from it, though – the extra punch of the more powerful version is worth paying more for. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard.
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1.2 Puretech 110 S&S
We’d definitely recommend opting for this version of CitroΓ«n’s three-cylinder petrol engine over its lower-powered counterpart; it’s very willing and, although the power band is rather small, provides good performance. It’s only a fraction less efficient than the least powerful version, too. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard or you can opt for a six-speed auto ’box.
1.2 Puretech 130 S&S
There’s nothing wrong with the way this engine goes – it pulls strongly and whips you up to 62mph in just 8.9sec. It’s also pretty efficient. However, it’s only available in the top trims, meaning it’s pricey and hard to recommend.
1.6 THP 210
This 207bhp turbocharged petrol engine is reserved for the Performance hot hatch models only. It’s properly quick, with a Mini Cooper S-beating 0-62mph time of just 6.5sec.
1.6 BlueHDi 100
This four-cylinder 1.6-litre diesel engine is a fine choice, providing decent pace, good refinement and incredible fuel economy. Sub-100g/km CO2 emissions are the icing on the cake, but in a sporty little car like this we can’t help thinking that the lower list price of a DS 3 with a petrol unit is a better bet. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard.
1.6 BlueHDi 120
In combination with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, this four-cylinder unit provides punchy performance and outstanding efficiency. This unit’s superior performance and minimal extra outlay just give it the nod over the less powerful 1.6 HDi engine.

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