The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the car manufacturer’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle. It is also a wagon version of the more sporty A3 entry-level luxury sedan. This means that in addition to the five doors and an onboard battery (which assists in letting the vehicle go up to 17-miles in electric-only mode), it is a fun experience to drive. Still, it is not without its own set of drawbacks, and perhaps the most noticeable one is its price.
The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is Fun to Drive, at a High Price
Another drawback of the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is it does not have any additional features in terms of tech. However, it probably does not need to since it largely uses the same in-dash electronics (which are quite impressive) and driver assists as the A3 sedan.
The 2016 Sportback e-tron comes with a hybrid powertrain that consists of a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that can deliver 150-horsepower. This is combined with a 102-horsepower electric motor that can channel power through the six-speed automatic transmission which is mated to the front wheels of the vehicle.
For its standard equipment, you will get 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, power-folding and heated side mirrors, ambient LED lighting for the interiors, leather seating surfaces, an LCD instrument panel display, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, panoramic sunroof, aluminum door sills (with e-tron logos), heated 12-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar, a rearview camera, and keyless entry and ignition.
There are also standard driver assists which include lane-keeping assist, frontal collision warning, blind spot detection, and an adaptive cruise control with full stop-and-go.
When it comes to performance, it is just short of the BMW i8 supercar. Hence, it is still one of the best performing plug-in hybrids you can find in today’s market. Whether you are driving the vehicle in a straight highway or climbing a steep plane, you will feel that the car can still deliver powerful performance. Driving over potholes and bumps is also impressive as the car handles the rough road well while not trying too hard.
Even though the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron has a steeper price tag as compared to other plug-in hybrids, it offers great driving experiences with plenty of fun. Furthermore, considering that the car is a wagon, it has plenty of cargo space to spare. Add that to an already great in-cabin and safety tech, and you got yourself an excellent choice for a hybrid wagon.