The sporty lines of the exterior continue in the elegant and clean interior of the A3 Sportback e-tron. The instrument panel with its curving front is slim and flat. Together with the center console oriented toward the driver, it appears to float. The large, round air vents in jet design, the elegant control panel for the air conditioning and the sculpted trim strips bring full-size-class elegance into the interior.
The displays provide the driver with precise information about the drivetrain. The powermeter, which takes the place of the tachometer in the instrument cluster, shows the system’s overall output, as well as the status of the drivetrain and the battery charge. The tachometer can be shown in the display between the speedometer and the powermeter. The monitor for the optional MMI navigation plus uses sophisticated graphics to visualize the energy flows in the hybrid system. The entire display and operating concept is clear and intuitive.
Gleaming e-tron logos can be found throughout the interior: on the door sill trims, the handle of the S tronic selector lever and in the right section of the cockpit fascia. Seat covers and decorative inlays vary according to the trim line – Attraction, Ambition or Ambiente. Ambiente includes decorative bezels in the particularly sophisticated 3D-design "Optic". Leather upholstery in the colors black, pashmina beige, titanium gray and chestnut brown is available for all three trim lines, and there is a choice of decorative bezels in a variety of aluminum finishes.
The sport seats are the highlight of the Ambition line. Audi also offers the S line sport package here, which bathes the cabin entirely in black. The sport seats are covered in a combination of fabric and leather; the inlays are matt, brushed aluminum, and the steering wheel is flattened at the bottom. 18-inch wheels provide for even sportier handling. Optionally available in the S line sport package are S sport seats with integrated backrests and upholstery in leather/Alcantara or Fine Nappa leather, inlays in a black, 3D look and the custom color Daytona Gray pearl effect.
Comprehensive: The standard equipment list
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is hitting the streets with a generous list of standard equipment. In addition to the equipment included with the other A3 Sportback models, this also includes deluxe automatic air conditioning, a three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel, MMI radio, Audi drive select, driver information system with color display, convenience key, leather selector lever knob, e-tron charging system and LED headlights. Safety equipment comprises seven airbags (including knee airbag for the driver), ISOFIX retention systems at the outer rear seating positions and the secondary collision brake assist. This automatically brakes the car following a collision, thus reducing the risk of another collision. Options such as rear side airbags and deactivation of the front passenger airbag round out the safety equipment.
There is also a comprehensive range of options. Highlights include the power-adjustable and heated front seats, panoramic glass roof, dark-tinted privacy glass, auxiliary heater and the charging cable for public charging stations.
A whole modular system of infotainment components is available. At the very top are the Bang & Olufsen Sound System and MMI navigation plus. Its flat seven-inch monitor extends electrically from the instrument panel. The user terminal has a rotary/push button control and MMI touch, which together form the touchwheel – the top of which is a touch-sensitive pad for inputting characters. Working in the background of the system is a fast graphics processor from Audi's partner, Nvidia.
As a perfect complement to MMI navigation plus, Audi connect provides a connection to the Internet. The WLAN hotspot lets passengers use as many as eight mobile devices to surf and e-mail. Besides charging and preclimatizing scheduling, Audi connect brings additional online services to the car that provide the driver with tailored information.
Audi offers its assistance systems from the full-size class as options for convenience and a superior driving experience. The range starts with the automatic distance control system adaptive cruise control, which warns the driver of a detected, impending collision with the vehicle ahead and initiates braking, if necessary. Additional systems are Audi side assist, which enhances safety when changing lanes, Audi active lane assist, which helps the driver to remain in the lane, and the safety systems Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front, which in certain situations take preventive measures to protect the occupants. The park assist system with selective display automatically steers the A3 Sportback e-tron into suitable spaces. The driver information system with rest recommendation is standard in the Ambition and Ambiente lines.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.