Introducing the end to compromise.
A revolutionary plug-in hybrid, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron strikes a balance between environmental impact and performance, creating a car that changes the way you think about hybrids, without changing the way you drive.
Inheriting Le Mans winning Audi e-tron technology, the A3 Sportback e-tron is helping to power the future of electric vehicles.
Often referred to as the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a race in which only the most innovative automotive technology can triumph. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro™ has taken victory during this prestigious race with three consecutive wins since its debut in 2012 — and it is this same e-tron technology, perfected at the highest level, that has filtered into the A3 Sportback e-tron.
As the latest model from the A3 range named 2014 World Car of the Year, the A3 Sportback e‑tron is unmistakably Audi. Striking details build on an established design language, including a unique Singleframe chrome grille, e‑tron exterior body-styling elements, and 17 inch alloy wheels in 15-spoke turbine design.
The sophisticated interior of the A3 Sportback e-tron is underpinned by impressive technology and luxury. It features an e-tron specific instrument display and MMI® navigation plus that provides a range of driver-orientated information at your fingertips, leather appointed seats, and a multifunction sports steering wheel.
The A3 Sportback e-tron drives as a highly efficient parallel hybrid, combining our 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with a high torque electric motor. The result is an impressive total system output of 150 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque.
With great efficiency comes great performance. The A3 Sportback e-tron can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 222km/h — figures that rival most vehicles, and are unexpected for a hybrid.
Charged in approximately 2.5 hours#, the A3 Sportback e-tron is capable of an all-electric range of up to 50 km^, which means zero local emissions for everyday urban driving. Even more impressive is its extensive combined total range of up to 920 km*. The A3 Sportback e-tron could drive from Sydney to Melbourne without stopping to refuel or recharge, and then explore either city using a more than sufficient all-electric range.
#Estimate based on charging via an industrial socket (230V 16A). Charging time may vary depending on factors including but not limited to: electricity supply, state of charge and environmental conditions.
^Combined figure based on ADR 81/02 (pure electric range). Figure calculated on the basis of 17 inch wheels, and may vary on factors including but not limited to driving style, road and traffic conditions, environmental influences, vehicle condition and accessories fitted, will in practice in the real world lead to figures which generally differ from those advertised. Advertised figures are meant for comparison amongst vehicles only. (including without limitation, wheel size fitted).
*Based on a maximum pure electric range of up to 50 km (as set out above) and a maximum petrol only range of up to 870 km (based on ADR 81/02 and UN ECE R101 combined consumption figures). Figure calculated on the basis of 17 inch wheels, and may vary on factors including but not limited to driving style, driving conditions and any options, accessories and equipment that may be fitted (including without limitation, wheel size fitted).
Drive the A3 Sportback e-tron, and you’ll quickly realise this is a high-energy vehicle in more ways than one. Switch between the driving modes at the push of a button; choosing between all-electric or one of the three hybrid mode options: auto, hold and charge.
EV - Electric only. A fully charged battery provides a range of up to 50 kilometres*, with zero local emissions. Perfectly suited for everyday driving, at speeds up to 130km/h.
Auto - The car intelligently operates both the electric motor and petrol engine in the most efficient way. At urban speeds it will generally use the electric motor only, adding the petrol engine when increased power is required, such as when overtaking.
Hold - Predominantly uses the petrol engine in order to hold the battery at the current charge level. This could be selected for motorway driving to save battery charge for when entering an urban area.
Charge - The petrol engine slightly increases its output to charge the batteries as you drive. Drive emissions-free in the city, and charge the battery as you drive on the motorway, ready for fully electric EV driving at the next opportunity.
This offers complete control over the fuel consumption and emissions of the A3 Sportback e-tron, while delivering performance to meet the needs of any journey.
The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
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Answers for tomorrow’s mobility
Audi are looking ahead to shape the automotive landscape of tomorrow, with highly efficient vehicles that don’t compromise on performance. The plug-in hybrid technology of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron offers an alternative to standard petrol engines — answering the challenges of tomorrow, today.
What does Audi e-tron mean?
The technology of today, for the mobility of tomorrow.
Audi e-tron technology is the holistic answer to the challenges of future mobility, and the next step towards CO2-neutral mobility. Audi e-tron refers to the electrification of the drivetrain. Electrically-operated vehicles in combination with low consumption engines achieve extremely high efficiency values and ranges. In 2015, Audi is bringing the first premium compact car with plug-in hybrid drive into the Australian market with the A3 Sportback e-tron.
Aren't efficiency and performance actually contradictory goals?
With success at Le Mans, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro proved the potential that lies in alternative drive concepts.
Are alternative drives just something for the city?
Not with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron – unless your city is larger than 920 km in size.
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron has a range of up to 920 km in hybrid mode, without having to refuel or recharge. In all-electric mode, the A3 Sportback e-tron can cover up to 50 km – more than sufficient for Australian cities.
How do I recognise the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron?
The A3 Sportback e-tron is recognisable by its subtle design cues. Audi intentionally does not develop any vehicles to be ‘futuristic’ in their exterior appearance, but rather builds upon existing model designs. What counts are the innovative technologies and drive systems. This innovation is apparent in some of the finer design details of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, such as:
- e-tron specific instrument cluster
- e-tron specific Singleframe radiator grille in chrome
- e-tron exterior body-styling elements
- S line side sills
- e-tron logo on the side wings and rear
How and where can I charge the A3 Sportback e-tron?
Practically anywhere that electricity flows.
With the standard Audi e-tron charging system, you can conveniently charge your Audi A3 Sportback e-tron at home or anywhere else with a suitable electricity supply. Or you can use one of the public charging stations in your vicinity.
Is a plug-in hybrid just as safe as a car with a conventional drive?
The answer is certainly yes.
Every Audi e-tron is developed to the same high safety standards as an Audi with a conventional drive system. This includes an extensive safety concept consisting of the occupant cell, belt tensioners, airbags and side airbags as well as electronic safety assistants.
The supplemental components of the electric drive system do not represent an additional hazard. The battery, for example, is designed and integrated in the vehicle so that it is protected in a crash. In case of a crash, the battery is automatically disconnected from the vehicle electrical system, so that no electricity can be conducted into the car body.
How do the handling properties of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron differ from those of a standard Audi?
The primary difference is even more driving fun and dynamism in the e-tron.
The handling properties are impressive in comparison with a traditional drive system. Instead of having less driving pleasure in favour of efficiency, the additional electric drive system increases the drive dynamics. 150 kW of system output and 350 Nm of system torque, 7.6 seconds to reach 100 km/h and a top speed of 222 km/h help you get the picture – this is the most progressive Audi in the A3 range.
Where can I purchase the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron?
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is available to purchase from selected Audi Dealers.
What are the highlights of Audi A3 Sportback e-tron design?
That it has already won a number of awards before its market launch.
The design of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is based on that of the conventional Audi A3 Sportback. This design is not only popular; it also received the red dot award for product design in 2013. And on April 17, the Audi A3 range was awarded ‘World Car of the Year’ at the prestigious 2014 World Car Awards.
What makes Audi e-tron the solution for tomorrow's mobility?
Two engines, working together for greater range, increased performance and lower emissions.
A plug-in hybrid combines the advantages of an electric drive with those of a combustion engine, and thus offers the best of both worlds. As part of daily usage, you can drive up to 50 km in all-electric mode with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. If you want to cover a longer distance, the efficient TFSI engine really comes into its own. The electric motor and TFSI engine can also combine their output to provide a boost function, delivering impressive performance dynamics.