Recently unveiled, the DS 4 is completely renewed and becomes more refined, with the assertive target of the German compact sedans: the Audi A3 Sportback, Mercedes Class A and BMW 1 Series.
The competitors of the new DS 4 are designated, and it is on the other side of the Rhine that we find them. The Audi A3 Sportback, the Mercedes Class A and the BMW 1 Series are formidable bestsellers that the new French premium compact will have on its road.
New DS 4 (2021): the style
The new DS 4 relies heavily on its design to appeal to customers. With its athletic shapes, sharp lines, and large wheels (up to 20 inches), it asserts its dynamic and technological look. . If this component is rather subjective, the DS 4 undoubtedly has the merit of offering a more assertive style than its competitors.
Indeed, the Mercedes Class A offers rather consensual and serious lines, while the BMW 1 Series opts for a more cubic template, with false airs of a compact MPV. But it would be more on the side of Audi that it will be necessary to seek its fiercest opponent: the new A3 indeed offers athletic lines, with a more assertive grille and a technological look.
New DS 4 (2021): life on board
On board, the DS 4 offers a chic, refined and technological interior . The Mercedes Class A puts it on the “wow effect” with chrome and a large double slab that extends from the steering wheel to the middle of the dashboard. As for the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 Series, the atmosphere is more serious but austere, a classic among German manufacturers.
With a length of 4.40 meters, the new DS 4 optimizes the space on board for its passengers, front and rear. Above all, it offers the most generous trunk volume , with 430 liters , while the Mercedes Class A timidly displays only 335 liters. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 have a similar capacity: 380 liters.
New DS 4 (2021): the engines
Under the hood, we find the usual engines of the EMP2 platform already released on the various models of the Stellantis group: in gasoline, a 3-cylinder 1.2-liter 130 hp, and 4-cylinder 1.6 liter 180 and 225 hp , while in diesel it is the 1.5-liter BlueHDi with 130 horsepower. The hybrid version offers a cumulative power of 225 horsepower and an electric range of 50 km.
Difficult for the new French to compete with its German rivals on the register of sportiness: indeed, the Mercedes Class A peaks at 421 horsepower with its AMG 45 S version, the BMW M135i displays 306 horsepower, while the Audi S3 offers 310 horses, soon to be completed by an even more powerful RS 3 … But for ordinary people, the DS 4 easily compares with its German rivals on mid-range and hybrid engines .
New DS 4 (2021): the technologies
The DS 4 updates its multimedia system with a completely revised new version, with a 10-inch touchscreen and advanced voice control, all complemented by an astonishing new touchscreen called DS Smart Touch, integrated into the central console. Only practice during a next test will be able to tell us if the ergonomics and fluidity of the whole are there, especially in the face of Mercedes’ MBUX system for example.
But the new DS 4 also brings some new features that cannot be found in its rivals across the Rhine, such as the new generation 21-inch head-up display , which uses augmented reality to project onto the windshield information directly on the road. As on the DS 7 Crossback, the night vision camera is also present, as well as the camera allowing to scan all the imperfections of the road to adapt its suspensions in real time.
DS 4, the new benchmark?
In the end, even if it appears slightly behind engine side, the new DS 4 imposes on its competitors in terms of design, interior quality, roominess and technologies. While waiting to know what it is worth driving in hand, it thus appears as a more than credible alternative to the German premium in the compact sedan segment. Especially if its price, still unknown to date, is also very competitive ….