The 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the only hybrid in Audi's current lineup and the only way to get a hatchback-bodied A3. The Sportback e-tron combines the A3's upscale interior and solid driving dynamics with a more fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The e-tron pairs a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with an electric motor, producing a total of 204 horsepower to drive the front wheels. Unlike the regular A3, all-wheel drive isn't available on the A3 Sportback e-tron.
The e-tron's battery pack is good for about 16 miles on a charge before turning on the internal combustion engine to keep the car moving. Once it's running on gas, the A3 Sportback e-tron might be the most fuel-efficient Audi, but it doesn't boast the most impressive mileage. The EPA rates the 2018 A3 Sportback e-tron will return 34 mpg combined. There are other vehicles that handily trounce the e-tron's economy numbers, but not in the luxury-car world.
And there is a compensating virtue for the so-so economy numbers: The A3 Sportback e-tron is pretty quick. Audi estimates it slugging to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is quite good for a hybrid with 400 pounds of batteries in the trunk.
Audi offers the e-tron in three different trim levels, starting with the base Premium trim. One step up from that is the Premium Plus, which includes everything in the Premium along with a handful of additional features, like blind-spot monitoring. The Premium Plus also has the option to add even more high-end Audi technology, such as the excellent Virtual Cockpit system and an upgraded stereo. At the top of the range is the Prestige trim, which gets the full technology treatment, including adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, which can only be had on the Prestige trim.
Audi's outstanding Multimedia Interface (MMI) is available on the A3 Sportback e-tron with brilliant navigation graphics and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, but not even as an option on the Premium trim.
Like every other market segment, the plug-in hybrid crowd is getting thicker by the year. It can be confusing making sense of all the manufacturers' performance claims and technical distinctions. That's why you should make use of every tool on Edmunds to find the right plug-in and get it at a keen price. Make sure to read our full review of the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and take advantage of our shopping tools to get the best deal near you.
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What options are available on the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron?
Available Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 2018 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available Trims: 1.4 TFSI PHEV Premium
Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Ibis White, Scuba Blue Metallic
Interior Colors: Black 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, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, Aux Audio Inputs, Heated seats, Mobile Internet, Navigation, USB Inputs
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (recommended)
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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