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2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

The electricity is becoming common in a number of regions. Certainly, the developed countries have them in abundance. And they are using it as an alt source to power up the cars. Well, one good case could be witnessed from the Audi’s E-Tron series. The Audi has been researching this concept for quite long. And finally, in 2009, the first vehicle with the Audi E-Tron badge was introduced.

More properly, the E-Trons were introduced in 2012. And the first one to be announced was the A3 Sportback E-Tron. The production version was displayed in 2013 during the Frankfurt Auto Show. And by the autumn of 2014, the A3 Sportback E-Tron was launched to the markets. Well, the North American version was introduced in 2015.

After the North American launch, the E-Tron had to face a splendid competition. There was already some plug-in hybrid available here. But the E-Tron managed her way pretty well in the competition. Her performance credibility leads numerous competitors. Especially the fuel mileage was better than a number of cars. Further, it earned notable acclaim among the hybrid cars, like it is ranked among the Top 10 Hybrid Cars of 2016.

The present-day A3 Sportback E-Tron is available in three trim levels. And the Premium is the entry trim level available for as low as $39,500 only. Next, to that, the Premium Plus adds some more luxury to the interior and enhances the exterior design. And this is costed to as low as $42,600. While the Prestige is the finest trim available for the whole series accounted for $48,100.

Well, let’s move ahead and see what the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron is capable of.


1.4 L6 – speed automatic204 hp258 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
6.5s127 mphHatchback83 city/ 86 highway


Hood of 2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

The A3 Sportback E-Tron comes with the 1.4 L 4-Cylinder turbo gasoline engine. Well, it is extracted from one of the divisions of the Audi A3 Series. Well, this mechanism rates at 150 horses galloping at 184 lb-ft of torque.

Further, this drivetrain gets the 75 kW electric motor powered by an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. This whole combination makes the A3 Sportback a PHEV rating at 204 hp of power with 258 lb-ft of optimal torque. Well, this drivetrain is mated to the 6-speed automatic transmission with active manual shift mode.

As per the EPA rating, the A3 Sportback E-Tron delivers 85 MPG as combined fuel mileage. But in our tests, the A3 Sportback E-Tron rated at half of this calculation. Well, that happens commonly because the driving conditions are never ideal as compared to the EPA tests. Anyhow, the A3 Sportback E-Tron is a lot better than the prevailing competition.

The electric-only range is all that tells about the electrical drive of the car. And that mainly is dependent on the range. Well, the A3 Sportback E-Tron can cover up to 16 miles just on the battery. While on the suggested pattern, it might top 20. Anyways, the NEDC states that A3 Sportback E-Tron can top 30.

Well, this is an Audi, a German Bella. And the handling is obviously poised like the other Audis. Ahead of that, Audi tried making the A3 Sportback E-Tron a sports variant hybrid car. And that is why you get the turbocharged engine. Well, this car launched from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds. Though not ideal, but still better. And she topped at 127 mph, which is even not ideal but better than too many others in the market.


2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron Exterior

The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron takes the design of the A3 hatchback. Actually, it is the A3 hatchback but with the electric motor. The design is not much different. It comes with 16, 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, Audi signature grille and the same cross-down rear. The front grille gets the socket for the charging. Well, the options include various decent colors and some other amenities.

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Interior of 2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron comes with a pretty decent interior design. The leather sports seats and the carbon fiber accent are some basic ingredients for this car. Well, the A3 Sportback E-Tron has quite a roomy interior. The front and back row offers plenty of space to sit. Along with that, the carbo gets 14 cubic feet. She is indeed a complete family car.

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Features of 2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron

The A3 Sportback E-Tron gets a 7-inch retractable touchscreen infotainment system. It is the center for the multimedia, telephony, navigation and radio. Further, this car has a customizable colored TFT driver’s cluster display. Well, it shows navigation, performance tabs and multimedia options.


2018 Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron Safety

The A3 Sportback E-Tron has sufficient safety features included. It has everything a PHEV hatchback should contain. In addition to that, it gets plenty of handy active safety and driver assistive features. Like it features the lane keep assist, front object warning, cruise control and some other features.


BMW i3

The German gets the German. The BMW i3 is one cool option if you are looking for a PHEV vehicle. She is economical, has power and rates good with the electricity. And she is one good competitor for the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron.

The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron is really a fine car if you are looking something for the everyday job. It is economical and requires less fuel to move. And the interior is absolutely fine for a family ride.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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