The 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® is a truly unique vehicle, different from any other offering in the Audi lineup and giving a premium touch to a style of vehicle often neglected by luxury brands.
What’s in a name?
The 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® has a long, descriptive name that tells you quite a bit about it.
First is “A3,” which means it is a version of Audi’s smallest passenger vehicle. This name is also shared with a sedan and a cabriolet.
“Sportback” refers to its body style. A three-box sedan style with a separate trunk is exchanged for a hatchback design, which includes a full-length cabin accessible through a large rear door.
Finally, “e-tron®” refers to the vehicle’s plug-in hybrid drivetrain, unique among all of Audi’s vehicles. The e-tron® power combines the advantages of both an electric vehicle and a gasoline one.
More specifically, the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® is powered by a system surrounding an 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery. This is connected to both a liquid-cooled three-phase hybrid AC electric motor/generator and to a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Together, this gives the A3 Sportback e-tron® a possible 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The A3 Sportback e-tron® has an all-electric range of 16 miles, according to the EPA, and then 400 miles beyond that, for a combined fuel economy of 83 MPGe.*
Above all, the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® is a luxury vehicle packed with premium features from the entry-level model on up to the Prestige trim.
In addition to the Audi concert radio with 10 speakers, the A3 Sportback e-tron® has HD Radio™ technology, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity and audio streaming. Safety features include a rear view camera and systems for detecting, preventing and mitigating collisions. All seats are upholstered in leather, the front two are heated, light and visibility are augmented by a panoramic sunroof, and the cabin itself is kept comfortable by a dual-zone automatic climate control system.
With the combination of a distinguished look, a unique drivetrain and Audi’s distinctive approach to its features, the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® is an excellent and particularly interesting offering.
*EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.
This article is presented by Zimbrick European in Madison, WI.