2016 Audi A3 Sportback E-tron Arrives at Dealerships in October, Priced at $38,825 | Edmunds

2016 Audi A3 Sportback E-tron Arrives at Dealerships in October, Priced at $38,825

HERNDON, Virginia — The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback E-tron, the German brand?s first E-tron plug-in hybrid to be sold in the United States, arrives at Audi dealerships in October.

The base A3 Sportback E-tron is priced at $38,825, including a $925 destination charge, Audi of America said Wednesday. The mid-level Premium Plus trim starts at $42,925, while the top-of-the-line Prestige trim costs $47,725. It is only available in a "Sportback" hatchback body style.

Audi of America said the plug-in hybrid is expected to qualify for a federal tax credit of $4,168. Buyers in some states may qualify for additional incentives.

The EPA has not posted official range and fuel-economy numbers on the five-passenger A3 Sportback E-tron.

All versions come with a gas-electric powertrain that bundles a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, electric motor and an 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery back. A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is standard. The A3 Sportback E-tron produces 204 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The car can be charged to full capacity in two hours and 15 minutes with a 240-volt charger. Recharging with a standard 120-volt outlet takes eight hours.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch wheels, LED taillights, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

A 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is optional, along with adaptive cruise control and Audi active lane assist, which detects when the driver is leaving a lane without signaling and corrects the steering efforts.

Key A3 Sportback E-tron rivals include the BMW i3, 2016 Chevrolet Volt and Ford Fusion Energi.

Edmunds says: The new Audi A3 Sportback E-tron plug-in hybrid costs about $8,000 more than the most basic Audi A3 sedan or $5,600 more than a diesel-powered TDI model. With the estimated $4,168 tax credit, the gaps narrows significantly, meaning the price premium could be recouped quickly.  

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