The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* is the first Audi model with a plug-in hybrid drive. It pairs a 1.4 TFSI, which outputs 110 kW (150 hp) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque, with an electric motor that produces 75 kW and 330 Nm (243.4 lb-ft). The system power of 150 kW (204 hp) enables sporty driving performance.
The flat lithium-ion battery providing 8.8 of kWh of energy is mounted under the rear bench. From a 380-volt, 3-phase electrical outlet, it takes slightly over two hours to charge the battery fully. A new function in the driver information system indicates whether the tailgate is open or closed.
A decoupler controls the interplay between the combustion engine, electric motor and six-speed S tronic. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron can travel at up to 130 km/h (80.8 mph) under electric power alone. In doing so, it combines both drives for optimal efficiency; it can also recuperate and coast. In such coasting recuperation, energy is recovered when the accelerator is released. If the driver then depresses the brake, the recuperative braking system provides a controlled split of the braking requirements between the electrified drivetrain and the conventional friction brake. In this way, a large part of the energy can be recovered and the electric range maximized. In addition, the driver can choose between three different driving modes. The range monitor shows the driver how far the car can still be driven under electric power alone. The monitor tells the driver what convenience consumers are on and whether turning them off will increase the range.
Including all electrical components, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,540 kilograms (3395.1 lb) – a result of Audi's strict lightweight design philosophy. The base price is 38,700 euros in Germany.
Visually, elegant details attest the special status of the A3 Sportback e-tron. The Singleframe is chrome, the radiator grill is matt black with eleven fine, horizontal chrome struts; in the area of the lower air inlets the plug-in hybrid model bears e-tron style chrome slats as well as LED daytime running lights, identifiable by horizontal segments as an e-tron-specific signature.
Operating the remote key turns on the horizontal light guides in the optional LED and Matrix LED headlights from the bottom upwards. At the rear, the apron contains a platinum gray diffuser with two chrome-plated horizontal slats and two lateral reflectors; the tailpipe of the exhaust system is not visible. e-tron-badges adorn the Singleframe, the luggage compartment cover and the fenders.
The Audi connect e-tron services and the free Audi connect app enable drivers to remotely check the status of their car, such as the battery charge level and electric range, various types of service information and the car’s location. In addition, the driver can remotely control the charging schedule and the stationary climate control.
On request, customers in Germany can convert the domestic power supply to the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to Audi energy. This power comes 100 percent from hydroelectric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With this form of energy, the plug-in hybrid model in electric mode travels both locally and globally with zero emissions.
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the most stable car in its segment when it comes to value. That was the conclusion drawn by Auto Bild and the market research institute Schwacke in spring 2015. The plug-in hybrid model stands out with the best residual value forecast among compact cars, receiving the title “Value Champion of 2015”.
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.