DS3 Crossback vs Volkswagen T-Roc : the SUV urban clash

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The first fight between the DS3 Crossback and Volkswagen T-Roc. Two SUV urban philosophy is very different.

Star of the stand-DS in the World of the Self, the DS3 Crossback faces one of its competitors, the Volkswagen T-Roc. Technology, finish, space on board, engines : which of these two SUV tire the better its pin of the game ?

After the DS7 Crossback, the French manufacturer continues its development by unveiling another SUV, but smaller, the DS3 Crossback. With a length of 4.12 m, it is more compact than its competitor of the day, the Volkswagen T-Roc, which measures 4,23 mr.

This template is explained by the fact that this newcomer is intercalera between the DS3 (3,95 m), which will disappear in 2020, and the future DS4 Crossback, projected to 2022. For its part, the T-Roc will have to make a place for the future little brother. This is the T-Cross (4,11 m), which is scheduled for spring 2019.

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Styles opposed DS3 Crossback DS3 Crossback DS3 Crossback

To try to impose, the DS3 Crossback in his mouth original. Her strong personality is expressed, notably, by its impressive radiator grill, DS Wings is three-dimensional. The flagship of the DS3 Crossback feature complex contours and lighting, daytime LED gash the ends of the shield.

DS don’t forget the nod to the DS3 with the shark fin at the level of the amount B. the Other detail that is unprecedented, the window-glass are rendered invisible. At the rear, there is a nice graphic of the exhausts while false outputs of the air settle in the corners of the rear shield. These gimmicks visually expand the DS3 Crossback and compensate for its low glass surface.

Volkswagen T-Roc, Volkswagen T-Roc, Volkswagen T-Roc

The design of the T-Roc is less tortured, more subtle, but also much more classic. However, it is rather original for a Volkswagen. At the front, you appreciate the light signature without aggressiveness, and optics integrated in the front grille. In profile, the wings marked accentuate its look to the SUV, the lower part in plastic to balance the whole and the chrome bead that runs the amount of windshield until the tailgate brings a chic.

At the rear, this is classic. The T-Roc is treated to the horizontal, in contrast to the DS. This allows you to sit a visual representation of the self. Finally, the level of customization, only the roof can be separated from the body, with a shade of black.

Originality or classicism ? DS3 Crossback

The originality of the dress of the DS3 Crossback is echoed in the cabin, especially at the level of the central console. Sixteen capacitive touch display are integrated in the diamond pattern evoking the logo of the brand. Please note that the headband quilted with stitching on the dashboard is from the outset a good impression, and sets the scene.

– Level ergonomics, some commands require a time of adaptation to the image of the window, located next to the gear lever (like on the DS5 and DS7 Crossback), door handles in the armrests and controls settings of the mirrors, placed in the lower left corner of the dashboard.

Finally, the vents on the side, placed on the door, are circular with edges square, which complicates the coupling with the instrument panel.

DS3 Crossback DS3 Crossback

Beyond that, the steering wheel of small size allows a good grip. The touch screen panoramic enhances the dashboard and its implementation in the field of vision does not require eyes off the road. In premium finish, the diagonal is 10.3 inches, a dimension completely new to the segment. The levels of finishes intermediaries have a size of 7 inches while in the entry level, there is no screen at all. The digital counter 7-inch is a little small but it has the merit of being standard on all finishes.

The storage compartments are not very numerous, but they are very practical. The bins at the doors to welcome each of them a big bottle. And the glove box, as wide as deep, lodge three !


Volkswagen T-Roc

The inside of the T-Roc is the inverse of the DS3 Crossback. It is very classic, but not sad, for as much as it is possible to have veneers, the color of the body.

Volkswagen T-Roc, Volkswagen T-Roc

– Level ergonomics, hard to find defects. The storage areas are sufficiently numerous and of good capacity, in particular at the foot of the central console. Practice, two USB plugs have taken place. The touch screen is well positioned, but it is smaller (6.5-inch or 8-inch from Lounge), and the controls for the air conditioning remote are handy with a direct access. The driver enjoys a slab digital significantly larger (12.3-inch), but from series that from the finish Carat.

Speaking of finish. Volkswagen, as we were accustomed to better. Any item promoted on-board, the plastics are all hard. The assembly is serious and the overall quality rather a good level. On this point, the DS3 Crossback fact more top of the range.


Technoparade for the DS3 Crossback

To establish its premium status, the DS3 Crossback unpacks a long list of technological equipment such as headlights, Matrix LED, the opening and start-up via a smartphone or flush pulls that are removed from the body when they approach the car. These also include the head-up display, charging by induction, and especially, the conduct semi-autonomous level 2.

DS3 Crossback DS3 Crossback

The latter includes a cruise control active with Stop&Go function up to 140 km/h, automatic braking, emergency integrating the detection of pedestrians and cyclists even at night, in the continuation of the taxiway and the parking aid auto Park Pilot. An endowment unique in the segment , but that requires to get in range and pick in the list of options.

The T-Roc does not go as far (no detection night or lighting matrix), but defends himself well with the automatic braking emergency with pedestrian detection, the wizard of bottling (up to 60 km/h), using the maintenance in the channel with correction of the direction, the monitoring of the dead angle, road lights automatic… of standard equipment depending on the trim level chosen.


Habitability rear : slight advantage to VW DS3 Crossback Volkswagen T-Roc

The receding lines of the DS3 Crossback and its master picked up could let fear roominess back in withdrawal. Meter in hand, it is nothing. The ceiling height and space to the legs are identical to those of the T-Roc. But the latter is more generous in terms of width (+ 6 cm to the elbows, + 10 cm to the shoulders) and offers better accessibility. Last point, the space under the seats, to drag the feet, is higher.

In addition, the DS3 Crossack gives an impression of containment. In case a glazing, side-less top and a shark fin that obscures the view. This feeling is less noticeable in the Volkswagen.

In the end, two adults will be well accommodated and will enjoy a soft wall seat in the DS3 Crossback. A quality that one can assign in Volkswagen as its upholstery is firm.


Less safe for the DS3 Crossback DS3 Crossback

Displaying 355 litres, the trunk of the DS3 Crossback can only abdicate. Its competitor of the day displays 445 litres (355 transmission 4×4), thanks to his superior length. It is also more convenient with a load threshold at the lowest (- 6 cm) and it has a double bottom, offering two advantages.

First, the floor is at the height of the threshold (walking to 18 cm in the DS), and, secondly, the loading surface is flat when the seats are folded down. In addition, the sides of his chest are less tarabiscotés, when the DS3 Crossback includes the optional subwoofer.

Volkswagen T-Roc

Also benefit from the Volkswagen to the chapter of the modularity. Both offer fold down (2/3-1/3), but German has, in addition, a ski hatch and a folder for folding front passenger seat (from Carat). Finally, no team from a seat sliding as the Citroën C3 Aircross, Renault Captur and future Volkswagen T-Cross.


Engines and transmissions

The DS3 Crossback offers three gasoline engines and two diesels. Another diesel 1.5 BlueHDi 150 hp is the program version and a 100 % electric DS3 Crossback E-Tense of 136 hp is scheduled for the fall of 2019 with an autonomy of 300 km. No transmission 4×4 do not exist, DS provides a system of motor control enhanced.

Gasoline Diesel 1.2 PureTech 100 BVM6 1.5 BlueHDi 100 BVM6 1.2 PureTech 130 EAT8 1.5 BlueHDi 130 EAT8 1.2 PureTech 155 EAT8 –


The Volkswagen T-Roc rises higher power, offers three gasoline and two diesel.

Petrol Diesel 1.0 TSI 115 BVM6 1.6 TDI 115 BVM6 1.5 TSI 150 BVM6/DSG7 2.0 TDI 150 4MOTION DSG7 2.0 TSI 190 4MOTION DSG7 –


The DS3 Crossback is more expensive

The price of the DS3 Crossback start at 23 € 500 and climb up to 40,500 euros. In the heart of the range, the version PureTech 130 EAT8 finish So Chic, is charged 30 to 100 €. It offers automatic air conditioning, reversing radar and the 7 inch touch screen. But if you want to benefit from the specificities of the DS3 Crossback such as the lighting Matrix, flush pulls, the large touch-screen display, and parking assistance front, it must then pass at the level of the Performance Line + and fork out the tidy sum of 33 600 euros, or 35 to 100 € with the PureTech 155 hp.

Volkswagen sells its T-Roc between 22 340 39 200 €. The comparable version is a TSI 150 DSG Carat Exclusive, charged 34 050 €. The difference in price, to theadvantage of the German, amounted to 1 050 €. It does not offer the illumination matrix or the opening through the smartphone but it is a team in addition to leather upholstery, heated seats, power tailgate, panoramic sunroof. The latter is also unavailable on the DS3 Crossback.

Balance sheet DS3 Crossback vs Volkswagen T-Roc DS3 Crossback vs Volkswagen T-Roc

Opt for the DS3 Crossback will be the result of a blow to the heart, so only choose the Volkswagen T-Roc will be based more on rationality. These two SUV’s will not deceive, therefore, not the same customer base.

The first wants to be original, both inside and outside, care for its presentation, and features a technology new to the category. Of the qualities that you have to pay for.

Conversely, the second does not purport to place themselves in the sphere

the ” premium “. Its finish is a little disappointing, his style is more classical, and it does not go as far in technology. However, its price/equipment is best in high-end, passengers have the ease to the back and his chest is more solid.

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