This is the 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. Yeah, it's an A3, so it's among the smallest cars Audi sells in America outside the two-seat TT sports car. But this is the only A3 that arrives in the United States as a hatchback.
All A3s are built atop the Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture and all have a sporting character no matter what their drivetrain. And in the e-tron, that's a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine combined with an electric motor feeding a six-speed automatic transmission. In all, there's 204 horsepower available to drive the front wheels. Audi's all-wheel-drive Quattro system isn't available.
The e-tron's battery pack is, however, not that large. So in electric-only mode it will only travel about 16 miles before calling on the internal combustion engine to pull the load. And that modest range affects the e-tron's fuel economy numbers, too. The EPA rates the 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron at 35 mpg combined (33 city/37 highway). If ultimate fuel economy is the goal, there are more miserly choices available from other manufacturers.
But there is a compensating virtue for the so-so economy numbers. And that's that the A3 Sportback e-tron is pretty quick. Audi estimates it slugging to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds. It may even be quicker than that.
Audi offers the e-tron in three different trim levels. The least expensive is the "Premium." One step up from that is the "Premium Plus" which includes everything in the Premium along with a handful of additional features. Then at the top is the "Prestige," which not only packs on the luxury, but is so prestigious it might get you a better parking spot at a nice restaurant.
Audi's outstanding Multimedia Interface (MMI) is available on the e-tron with brilliant navigation graphics and an integrated WiFi hotspot. New for 2017 is the availability of Audi's "Virtual Cockpit" all-digital instrumentation and a newly revised nose with new headlights and a modified grille. Plus there are new taillights for all those taillight enthusiasts out there.
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2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Overview
The 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium Plus 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6AM), 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and 1.4 TFSI PHEV Prestige 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6AM). A3 Sportback e-tron models are available with a 0-liter hybrid engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual. The 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Review This car is awesome in ev mode. Very quiet with excellent acceleration. It's even better in sport mode using the gas and electric engines. In hybrid mode, anytime you lift off the gas the engine shuts down, the car coasts effortlessly . There is a little engine noise on the highway but not too bad. Engine restart is quiet and vibration free. Sport seats are very comfortable with four way lumbar adjustments. Once you figure out the menus, bt connection with streaming works flawlessly. I only wish that there was more than about 23 miles in ev mode.
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What options are available on the 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron?
Available Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 2017 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 2017 Trims: 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium
Exterior Colors: Cosmos Blue Metallic, Ibis White, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Scuba Blue Metallic
Interior Colors: Black leather, Chestnut Brown leather, Titanium Gray leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, Heated seats, USB Inputs, Automatic Emergency Braking, Parking sensors, Pre-collision safety system, Aux Audio Inputs, Mobile Internet, Navigation
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (recommended)
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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