Audi A1 Sportback Vs. DS3 Crossback, Rififi for chic city cars

Meeting between two stars of the year 2019! On my left, in his Rouge Rubi livery, the DS3 Crossback, which was launched in April. To my right, painted with a Turbo Blue, the new A1 Sportback, which has just landed in chic neighborhoods (starting in November 2018).

With similar jigs and prices, the DS3 Crossback and the Audi A1 Sportback meet!

Both premium entriesThese two cars are comparable in their format: 4.12 m for the first and 4.03 m for the second. But also according to her price: from 23 500 for the French and 23 470 € for the Germans, After a first interim visit to the Paris Motor Show 2018 (see Audi A1 Sportback vs DS3 Crossback: The Game in Pictures), we organized the face-to-face.

An exclusive meeting

DS3 Crossback Performance Line Ruby Red and Audi A1 Sportback 2019 Blue Turbo Rear view in studio on white background
The DS3 Crossback (left) will be launched in April 2019, while the Audi A1 Sportback (right) has been on the market since November 2018.

Towards Studio Aubervilliers (93), where we collected their sports versions: Performance Line for the DS3 Crossback and S line for the Audi A1 Sportback. In these configurations, their price has nothing more friendly: count 32 850 € for the DS3 Crossback (155 hp) and € 31,650 for theAudi A1 Sportback (150 ch).

A match unlike the others, as they are two employees of the argus, Quitterie and Yakaré, who will decide between these two urban chic.

DS3 Crossback Performance Line Red Rubi and Audi A1 Sportback 2019 Blue Turbocharged profile views in studio on white background
It's not easy to choose between a tall SUV and a razor bitumen …

If they are next to each other, the difference in height is obvious. Ten centimeters separate one placed on the floor Audi A1 Sportback of one SUV DS3 Crossback, necessarily higher. And if both are based 18-inch wheels, the Audi is paved in small size (215/40), while the DS opted for sidewall tires (215/55), your vertebrae will appreciate it!


Both are seduced by the seductive plastic DS3 Crossback. Grille, surrounded by black, everyday LED lights and subtle curves that are highlighted by the color of the dress … catch the eye. What immediately falls on a particular detail.

Flat door handles DS3 Crossback

The DS3 Crossback has flush door handles.

As they approach the vehicle, the door handles protrude from the body. An exclusivity that works. With its apparent handles, the Audi A1 Sportback does not have this side! A first impression that sets the tone. For our two customers of the day, the A1 looks much more classic. However, its wide and low grille and its impressive air intakes (dummies) give it a sporty touch.

DS3 Crossback 18-inch wheels
Audi A1 Sportback
DS3 Crossback

Yakaré flashed Audi Sport rims in immaculate white revealing callipers painted red. This is a special equipment for the Launch Edition. Wheels that do not taste the taste of Quitterie, which prefers more discretion, and especially the black rims of the DS3 Crossback, which in their opinion even spin when they stop. Taste and color are not discussed.

DS3 Crossback Performance Line Ruby Red and Audi A1 Sportback 2019 Blue Turbo Rear view in studio on white background

Large, highly visible outlets for the DS3 Crossback or completely hidden in the Audi A1 Sportback: The exhaust is different.

Seen from the rear, the DS3 Crossback shows off its muscles and its exhaust systems … which the Quitterie considers too impressive. Keep in mind that this sporty staging is reserved for the animated versions of the 1.2-inch PureTech 155 ch. The question of the diameter of the exhaust pipes does not arise for the Audi, as its performances are completely hidden in the shield.

On the other hand, our two working girls were seduced by the running indicators on the back of the DS3 Crossback and the Audi A1 Sportback. A high-tech touch that enhances light signature. Note that both cars have conventional turn signals on the front. Let's take a seat now …

Interior presentation

DS3 Crossback Performance Line Red Ruby Dashboard
The fully stretched Alcantara is chic.

the DS3 Crossback in Performance Line, is characterized by its upholstery leather / Alcantara, which is reinforced by a double stitching of yellow gold and red. The Alcantara cut off the entire horizontal strip that crossed the dashboard. The latter are equipped with diamonds, touch controls and central openings. Their side counterparts are deported to the storm doors to visually expand the dashboard, a rarity that shares the Ford GT super sports car. An original presentation to which our employees were sensitive.

It is also the strength of the DS brand that refines the interior atmosphere, which is characterized by the marketing jargon of inspiration. There are four in number: Opéra, Rivoli, Bastille and Performance Line.

Audi A1 Sportback 2019 dashboard
The furniture of the Audi A1 Sportback is even more geometric.

The cabin ofAudi A1 Sportback is less exclusive. Its fabric cover has an arrow-shaped pattern, specific to the Audi A1 Sportback Launch Edition, which is not available on the French market. The furniture is more geometric and the appearance of certain materials, especially in the areas disappointed. Audi got used to us better!

Quitterie and Yakaré believe the A1 Sportback's air conditioning is less up-to-date than the DS3 Crossback's. The latter, however, requires manipulating the touch screen to access the settings. More classic and ergonomic in the Audi.

Digital fight

In addition to a stark difference in the universe and in the presentation, our two rivals are engaged in a digital battle in two rounds: instrument cluster and touchscreen,

DS3 Crossback Digital Instrumentation
The digital instrumentation of the DS3 Crossback comes as standard in the entry level.

The DS3 Crossback offers a 100% digital instrumentationBy default, in all versions, on a 7-inch (17.78 cm) panel. It can be filled out with one Head-up display on a motorized glass panel, The Audi A1 Sportback has a needle instrumentation in its access versions (base and design); the digital interface, referred to as the virtual cockpit, only appears on the Business Line and S Line levels. It is available as an option and then pays between € 2,175 and € 2,345. In contrast, the screen is larger: 10.25 inches diagonal (26 cm).

Virtual cockpit Audi A1 Sportback 2019

The virtual cockpit of the A1 Sporback comes in series only from the third production stage of the Business Line.

At the top of the dashboard of the DS3 Crossback is a 10.3-inch touch screen with a vivid panorama format. The Audi A1 Sportback replicates with devices of the same size – which can also be found on boardAudi A8 ! – but it is integrated into the central bar of the dashboard. This forces you to leave the road of the eyes, but you benefit from cartography in full-screen mode, which is not the case with the DS3 Crossback, whose map is much narrower.

But this is the equipment of the most exclusive versions. In the middle area, the touch screen of the DS3 Crossback is at a height of 7 inches and the Audi A1 with 8.8 inches. Finally, the access versions are simply and simply missing.

DS3 Crossback EAT8 transmission control
The transmission control of the DS3 Crossback is …
Audi A1 Sportback S tronic 7 transmission control
… much more modern than the Audi A1 Sportback.

With his handbrake levermakes the A1 Sportback in old school, The DS3 Crossback has one higher quality electrical control and more modern. And to stay at the height of this area between the seats, the lever must be the Automatic transmission EAT 8 DS3 Crossback is less cumbersome and more rewarding than the S Tronic 7 of the Audi. Both devices have an induction charging system for smartphones.

Life on board

Audi A1 Sportback front seats
Audi A1 Sportback
DS3 Crossback front seats
DS3 Crossback

Despite a shorter track width of 10 cm, the Audi A1 Sportback has the same dimensions as the DS3 Crossback. In detail, the A1 has more elbow width, because its mating connections are further excavated. The rear seat has a longer seat. The tri-color SUV has a softer and more comfortable padding in the middle and ceiling handles that the A1 lacks.

DS3 Crossback Performance Line Ruby red view from the rear seats
The Audi A1 Sportback offers a decent place at the back …
DS3 Crossback Performance Line rubi red Rear view Rear view
… the DS3 Crossback too, but it leaves a sense of limitation.

Limitation and smallness, that's how our two employees feel on the back seats of the DS3 Crossback. This can be explained by a lower and more upright side glazing, a dark headliner and the underside of the shark fin at the waist. Elements that limit the incidence of light and the field of view. Yakaré, who has over 75 feet high heels, can not put his legs on the back of the DS3 Crossback.

Audi A1 Sportback 2019 view of open trunk in studio on white background
The trunk volume of the DS3 Crossback is 355 liters.
The trunk volume of the A1 Sportback is 335 liters.

page tribeThe DS3 Crossback takes full advantage of its longer length. Its load capacity at five points below the shelf is 355 liters, which is 20 liters better than that of the A1. The latter uses the advantage with his double bottom who places the floor at the threshold when he measures a step of 18 cm in the trunk of the DS3 Crossback. Obviously SUV is punished by a higher threshold : 79 cm to 69 cm.

"The modularity is simple: there are no zippers to fold the files from the trunk or from the electrical opening of the tailgates "

Incidentally, the DS3 Crossback and the Audi A1 Sportback are identical in terms of modularity, which remains basic, a seat whose files have a 2 / 3-1 / 3-section. There is no drawbar to fold down from the trunk and no electric opening of the tailgate.

In the two-seater configuration, we measured a load length of one meter and fifty for both vehicles, allowing occasional loading of long items.

Audi A1 Sportback Vs. DS3 Crossback Review

In summary, our testers of the day found the DS3 Crossback sophisticated and original and the Audi A1 classic and sporty.

They have two distinct personalities and different strengths 100% electric version called DS3 Crossback E-Tense or a Gasoline engine of 200 hp for the Audi A1 Sportback. Small detail, not insignificant, offers the French SUV an improved driving position. In short, her heart swings between the two.

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