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DS3 Givenchy Le Makeup, side
DS 3 Givenchy Le MakeUp
DS3 Givenchy Le Makeup, rear
DS3 Givenchy Le Makeup, interior
DS3 Givenchy Le Makeup, interior
DS3 Givenchy Le Makeup, wheel

THE car makers looking to fill the need for people downsizing who don't want to lose any of the little luxuries they are used to are bringing out some very plush small cars.

One of the latest is the DS 3 Givenchy Le Makeup - a name that might have some extra clout in France but which may be just too wordy for the UK.

Regardless of the moniker, the limited edition Givenchy model builds on the DS 3 strengths of performance and handling to bring real luxury and style.

There are special finishes inside and out not found in any other DS 3, including textured matt white pauint with a purple roof and door mirrors.

The DS 3 Givenchy Le Makeup gets diamond cut alloys, xenon headlights, beautiful black leather upholstery, sat nav with MirrorLink Internet connection and Apple CarPlay music streaming.

It even comes with a Givenchy make-up kit for the ladies and a similarly badged shopping bag.

This car was powered by Citroen's excellent free revving 1.2 three cylinder petrol turbo, which means there is always power under the right foot for swift acceleration.

The five speed gearchange is slick and quick and the clutch light, but I had to discard the thick floor mat to make room for my size tens.

It pulls very well from low revs, and fifthgear gives good urge for all manoeuvres on the motorway.

Taut suspension gives excellent and very safe road holding and handling, with neutral balance and positive steering.

But the suspension settings do give an unsettled ride on poorer surfaces, both in town and at higher speeds.

The whole car feels very positive and surefooted out on the road and height and reach adjustable steering, plus height adjustment for the driver's seat mean that all sizes of driver can get comfortable.

There's not much rear legroom, so if the driver is tall, it will only carry three and the boot is a decent size.

FAST FACTS

Price: £19,695

Mechanical: 108bhp, 1,199cc, 3cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 118mph

0-62mph: 9.6 seconds

Combined MPG: 65

Insurance Group: 22

C02 emissions: 100g/km

Bik rating: 17%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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