Audi A3 e-Tron

Plug-in Hybrid

EV=18mi
Total=380mi
Range

Seats 5

13.6ft3 Cargo

L=169.7
W=70.3
H=56.1

8.8kWh Battery

Audi’s goal to create a tech-savvy plug-in electric without sacrificing its well-known brand benchmarks – drivability, quality construction and a “special car feel,” yielded the A3 e-Tron – Audi’s first plug-in hybrid – which debuted in 2014.

This is a sportback with one foot solidly placed in the luxury world and the other taking a step into the electric vehicle lifestyle realm. The 2018 A3 e-Tron will be the last A3 e-Tron produced by Audi. The A3 plug-in is being replaced by a fully-electric SUV and renamed e-Tron; an all-electric SUV which is scheduled to begin deliveries in 2019.

(The 2019 Audi e-Tron all electric SUV is reviewed separately on this website.)

The 2018 A3 e-Tron’s compact wagon body style provides the cargo space of a small SUV while providing the driving characteristics of a sporty car. Audi claims a fuel economy of more than 70 MPG is possible. The A3 e-tron's battery can be charged from a 240-volt outlet in 2.5 hours and in about 8 hours from a standard 110-volt outlet. The charging port is located behind the iconic four rings of the Singleframe front grille for easy access from either side of the vehicle. Onboard regenerative braking also adds some juice to the battery while the A3 e-tron is being driven. There's a driver-selectable switch that engages the gasoline engine and shuts out the electric drive. If you want to save electric power for specific occasions, this can be useful.

The A3 e-Tron’s liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet-driven electric motor generates 102 hp of e-power, a 75 kW rating and almost instantaneous torque. When combined with the 1.4-liter turbocharged TFSI engine, the car provides an excellent range of low-end torque and high end power. The car comes with Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and attains a top speed of 130mph.

How does it drive? Here’s what carbuzz.com reviewers say: “The e-tron proves to be very capable down a twisty road, it masks its additional weight over a standard A3 well and the suspension’s ability to soak up pockmarked roads is commendable. Responses to the controls are immediate and the A3 e-tron flows down a road in a confidence-inspiring manner. Compared to rivals such as the Chevrolet Volt and Ford C-Max it is definitely the sporty choice in this segment. The cabin is well-insulated and eerily silent when driven in pure electric mode, the gas-engine not adding much more noise when chiming in. When working in tandem, the gas and electric engines provide the A3 with class-leading performance. A 0-60 mph time of 7.6-seconds and strong in-gear acceleration thanks to the instant electric torque makes for fast and effortless progress.”

The 2018 Sportback e-Tron is available in 3 trims: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium base price starts at around $39,500. Premium Plus: $42,600. Prestige: $48,100.

Leather seating surfaces with 8-way power and 4-way power lumbar heated front seats, a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and panoramic sunroof are standard for all three trims.

The Premium trim includes an expansive array of infotainment and technology features including: an Audi concert radio with 10 speakers and a single CD player with MP3 playback capability; a color driver info system; HD radio technology; Sirius XM Satellite Radio with a 90-day trial subscription; an SD card slot with 32GB operating capacity; cruise control with coast, resume and accelerate features; BLUETOOTH wireless technology for mobile phones; BLUETOOTH streaming audio for compatible devices; Audi advanced key (keyless start, stop and entry); a rear view camera; Audi pre sense basic and pre sense front; Audi drive select; and a rain/light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and headlights.

The Premium trim’s safety and security features include: driver and front passenger advanced airbags; front passenger occupant detection for airbags; ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EDB) for brake assist; Electronic Stability Control (ESC); an anti-theft alarm system; a tire pressure monitoring system; safety belt reminders; lower anchors and teachers for children; and an electromechanical parking brake.

Audi says of their infotainment system: “Available with a rich infotainment system, the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron lets you live the good life. The available Audi virtual cockpit is a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display that offers available Google Earth and allows the driver to customize information such as audio and available navigation, offering Classic and Infotainment viewing modes. The Audi virtual cockpit in the e-tron includes a special e-tron screen, with information about the vehicle.”







Specs

Performance:

  • ABS 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Front wheel drive
  • Transmission: S Tronic 6-Speed Automatic
  • Combined 204 hp turbocharged 4 cylinder engine
  • Rack-Pinion Steering
  • Hybrid Electric Motor
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 10.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
  • Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/8 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 2.15 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V
  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years/50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years/50,000 Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components Warranty: 8 Years/100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Warranty: 4 Years/Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance Warranty: 1 Year/10,000 Miles

Interior:

  • Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power front seats and 4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
  • Cruise Control
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum/Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
  • Leather Seating Surfaces
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Storage and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Rigid Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Immobilizer IV Engine Immobilizer
  • Air Filtration
  • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Audi pre sense front Forward Collision
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

Exterior:

  • Wheels: 7.5" x 17" 15-Spoke Turbine Design
  • Tires: P225/45R17 All-Season
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Chrome Bumper Insert
  • Rocker Panel Extensions
  • Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
  • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Chrome Grille
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Programmable Projector Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
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