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Review: Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

Updated e-tron model for 2017 provides efficiency without sacrificing performance, offering an all-electric driving option when it’s wanted, and the freedom to drive further when it’s needed. The product enhancements include improved technology offerings such as the available Audi virtual cockpit and standard driver assistance systems. E-tron unique body styling and available e-tron Sport package further differentiate the plug-in hybrid from the rest of the A3 model line.

Combining the benefits of a hybrid with all-electric range, the A3 Sportback e-tron continues to feature a 1.4-liter TFSI® engine and a permanent magnet-driven electric motor to produce 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. With impressive off-the-line acceleration, the e-tron sprints from 0-60 mph in just 7.6 seconds.

Four unique drive modes within the Audi drive select system allow e-tron drivers to choose how to use the vehicle’s electric range to best suit their needs. From hybrid mode, which automatically chooses the most efficient power source based on speed and performance demand, to Sport mode, which uses all available power from both: the combustion engine and the electric motor – to deliver all-out performance. The e-tron is definitely a versatile choice for a variety of daily driving needs.

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Key Specifications

  • Make: Audi
  • Model: A3 Sportback E-Tron
  • First available: January 2012
  • Next Upgrade: June 2017
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 5
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 7.6s
  • Range: 16 miles
  • Price: $38,900
    Price: €36'100
    Price: £31'190

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • 8.8 kWh lithium-ion
  • Charge time

    • Complimentary charger can top off  battery at home in as little as 2 hours and 15 minutes when you use a 240-volt power source
    • A standard 120v outlet takes about 8 hours, ideal for overnight charging.

Innovation & Self-driving

  • Audi virtual cockpit and standard driver assistance systems including Audi pre sense® front
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
  • Audio Theft Deterrent

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