AUDI A3 Sportback 1.6 TDIe 105PS Stop-Start 1
- Used model
- Diesel, Small family
- 1598cc (1.6 litre), Manual 5-speed, door
AUDI A3 Sportback reviewNGC verdict 11.06.2013
Despite its e-tron badging, unlike the attention gathering Audi R8 e-tron prototype sports car, this model, due in the UK mid next year, is not a pure electric car but actually Audiâ€™s first petrol-electric plug-in hybrid. Audi now believes this technology will be with us for a long time.
The company claims many urban drivers will rarely experience the petrol engine in the A3 Sportback e-tron if they recharge their plug-in car regularly thanks to a 30-mile electric only range. Hybrids though remain an expensive way to travel. First impressions suggest this e-tron could be quite a fun car to drive on a twisty road but that would be at the expense of fuel economy.
Review by Russell Bray