The Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron PHEV Isn’t A Car For Everyone

Besides the regular models and the powerful S3 and RS3, Audi also offers a plug-in hybrid version of its compact hatchback, the A3 Sportback e-Tron.

The hybrid A3 uses the same powertrain as the Volkswagen Golf GTE, which means it combines a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an electric motor for a total output of 207PS (204hp / 152kW) and 350Nm (258lb-ft) of torque.

Officially, it needs 7.6 seconds for the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint and maxes out at 130mph (209km/h). More importantly, it can do so with a claimed fuel consumption of just 166 mpg UK (138.2 mpg US / 1.7 l/100 km), under ideal conditions, accordint to Audi.

Also Read: First Drive: The Audi A3 e-tron And The Double-Edged Sword Of Normalcy

However, because the A3 Sportback e-Tron cannot recharge its batteries with the internal combustion engine, some users might be better off with the 2.0-liter diesel version, which is some £4,500 ($6,200) cheaper in the United Kingdom.

And this, CarBuyer says, is not the only flaw, because due to the positioning of the batteries underneath the boot floor, the handling isn’t as sharp and the ride is firmer than what you’d get in the rest of the A3 Sportback range.

Moreover, space on the rear bench isn’t ideal, but the car is well-equipped and comes with a suite of standard gear. These include the MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system, climate control, LED lighting units on the outside, parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels, while Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is optional.

Visually, the only differences between the A3 Sportback e-Tron and the regular models are socket located behind the front badge, plus an electric gauge and an EV button on the dashboard.

  • Iberian Rekluse

    Why did Audi compromise with this model. The best or nothing, right??? ; ) Geez!!!!

    • Miknik

      That would be Mercedes’ catchphrase though…

  • SteersUright

    It seems half-baked. Probably just a stop-gap until they get their better EV’s out.

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