One more hybrid vehicle from Europe, the new 2016 Audi A3 e-tron sportback plug-in hybrid. Audi A3 is known as a hatchback across the seas where it started, but U.S. market mostly requires sedans. The biggest competitors will be new Chevy Volt and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz B-class Electronic Drive.
Since hatchbacks don’t have such a solid sales numbers in the states, A3 hatchback there will be exclusively offered as a plug-in hybrid. Not a bad way to persuade some of possible buyers to change body styles. 2016 Audi A3 e-tron sportback plug-in hybrid will be a fine choice; no doubt.
Powertrain and Performance
A3 sportback packs somewhat small powertrain which consists of 1.4L turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine, and a 102-horsepower electric motor. Combined power rating says 204 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque and these are sent to front wheels via 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode.
If A3 plug-in’s powertrain still seems on a small side to you, consider the fact that sportback can develop a top speed of 138 mph and achieve 0 to 60 time in 7.5 seconds. Moreover, 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows around 30 miles of all-electric range (in European measures).
Design – changes and Improvements
First of all, thanks to its prolonged body, A3 sportback looks much bigger than its predecessors. Otherwise, it’s a new generation Audi with all the advantages that come with this. Frontal fascia features a high trapezoidal grille with four-circle badge upon it. The badge doesn’t only represent means for identification, but means for charging the battery since this is the place where charging deck is hidden.
Since it’s one of the smallest Audi’s, 2016 Audi A3 e-tron sportback plug-in hybrid isn’t actually the most luxurious option you could imagine from the German powerhouse. Still, plug-in hybrid model will be exclusively furbished with leather throughout most of the cabin. Dashboard will be kept neat and tidy, with very few controls. Touch screen display pops out from the top of the dash upon vehicle’s startup. There’s no need to number all of its features as A3 is riddled with plethora of different utilities.
Among the most important ones are 4G LTE connection, Bluetooth, USB ports and HD radio. Optional features include heated and ventilated front seats and 705-watt Bang & Olufsen premium sound system among others. Even safety features are colorful, and apart from mandatory ones, you can count on blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control and active lane assist.
2016 Audi A3 e-tron sportback plug-in hybrid Price & MPG
There still aren’t any official ratings when 2016 Audi A3 e-tron sportback plug-in hybrid’s fuel economy is concerned. Still, we expect EPA to rate its electric cycle at almost 100 MPGe, while combined fuel efficiency in gasoline/electric mode should surpass 40 mpg. Charging time depends upon the voltage of your outlet. Most common household outlets will need around 4 hours to fully charge A3 e-tron’s battery. Finally, expect its price tag to read around $40,000.
2016 Audi A3 e-tron sportback plug-in hybrid is a great option if you require a luxury city car, especially if you plan to drive it on short distance basis. This allows you to utilize all of its advantages, most notable of which are aforementioned 30 miles of all-electric range. Needless to say, the car is filled with plenty of systems that allow quality and comfortable ride.
|Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium||$37.900|
|Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium Plus||$42.000|
|Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Prestige||$46.800|