DS3 Crossback Put To The Test; Should The Audi Q2 Worry?

‘Crossback’ means ‘SUV’ in DS slang, and with the unveiling of the DS3 Crossback in 2018, the French brand has a direct rival to the likes of the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman.

It features a lot of technology both inside and out, from the pop-out door handles to the semi-autonomous driving feature which, under the right circumstances, allows it to move on its own, without the person sitting behind the wheel intervening.

The tech features are a strong selling point; the interior design is another. The cabin doesn’t resemble anything that’s currently in the market and gets large diamond-shaped buttons that are clearly marked and in a unique overall layout. The touchscreen display sits on top of the dashboard and, despite looking good, is not that intuitive, said AutoTrader who traveled to Nice, France, to test out the DS3 Crossback.

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Even on those smooth roads, comfort ride is not one of its strong suits; in fact, the reviewer referred to it as being just ‘okay’. On the plus side, he made another interesting remark: the DS3 Crossback is perhaps the company’s best-driving car. It feels pointy, has a strong grip and the steering is responsive.

Moreover, the 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine that’s making 155 PS (152 hp / 114 kW) and coupled to a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox gives the car a sporty flair and sounds quite good, too.

So, would the DS3 Crossback pose a real threat to the likes of the Q2 and Countryman and steal some of their customers? Let’s see what the reviewer had to say about it.


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  • Aeromann

    This car is awful. No thanks.

  • Finkployd

    I’ll pass

  • Zandit75

    Damn, how did I miss the release of this thing?? That has to be one of the most weirdly designed cars I have ever seen!
    Is everything different just to be different, or is there some benefit to this??
    I’m now wondering why people complain about the door handle positions on the Lambo Urus, they look normal compared to this!
    The DS3 used to be an attractive car, the name should be changed to distance it from this thing.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Easily the best looking thing in its class and it actually looks and feels like a premium product versus the Audi’s mish-mash of VW parts bin. That said, I don’t think the Countryman is in the same class…those MINIs are a thing unto themselves.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Very original design, unlike other alleged premium brands selling washing machines on wheels.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    well, not to defend this abomination but the Q2 is just as fugly… and way more basic

  • Foryster

    It looks much better in real than on the photos. The proportions are very good. The rear is fantastic.

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