The A3 Sportback e-tron marked Audi’s entry into the fray of plug-in hybrid vehicles. It’s a compact hatchback aimed at buyers who want the premium quality of an Audi and the ability to run in an electric-only mode for an extended period of time. The A3 e-tron also features a turbocharged engine, allowing owners to forgo the range anxiety of a fully electric vehicle.
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Overview
The A3 Sportback e-tron was introduced for the 2016 model year and marketed separately from the Audi A3 sedan and convertible. It comes only as a five-door hatchback.
Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor that generate a combined 204 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automated manual transmission are standard.
A rechargeable battery resides under the rear seat, and an EV drive mode allows the A3 e-tron to operate exclusively on electric power with a range of about 16 miles on a fully charged battery. The A3 Sportback e-tron also features a Hold Battery mode that saves the all-electric range, as well as a Charge Battery mode that utilizes the gasoline engine at highway speeds to recharge the battery.
Standard equipment includes a sunroof, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a rearview camera and parking sensors. Major options include navigation with Google Earth and Audi Connect telematics services, as well as a Wi-Fi hot spot and adaptive cruise control.
Buyers considering the A3 Sportback e-tron may also be interested in a number of hybrid and electric vehicles from both premium and mainstream brands. These include the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt and Volt, Ford C-Max, Lexus CT 200h, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3 and Toyota Prius.