Audi A3 gets 204hp plug-in hybrid

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The new Audi A3 has gained a 204hp plug-in hybrid Sportback version, bringing a 78m electric-only range.

Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e

The new A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e joins Audi’s existing plug-in hybrid versions of the A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7 models, and comes as the brand turns its attention to its compact models.

Offering CO2 of 30-34g/km, the initial version of the A3 Sportback plug-in hybrid compact hatchback uses a 150hp 1.4-litre petrol with a 109hp electric motor and a six-speed S tronic transmission. Offered in Sport and S line trims, the powertrain delivers a total 204hp and 350Nm, giving a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 227km/h. It also provides official WLTP fuel economy of 1.5–1.4l/100km. A higher-performance version will launch later this year.

The 13.0kWh battery also enables fully electric travel at speeds of up to 140km/h while the car features an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System that activates at low speeds to warn surrounding pedestrians and other road users that the vehicle is approaching.

The battery sits under the rear seats, reducing boot space to 280 litres of capacity, rising to 1,100 litres by folding the seat backs.

As well as offering a hybrid mode, the A3 Sportback 40 TFSi e can be switched to ‘Battery Hold’ and ‘Battery Charge’ modes to either keep battery charge at the current level or supplied with as much recaptured energy as possible.

Drivers can also use the standard Audi drive select programme to switch between Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual profiles for driving.

Charging can be carried out using a domestic AC wallbox with the Type 2 cable supplied – a full recharge in this way takes a little more than four hours and charging activation and deactivation times can be designated by the driver using the myAudi app. Charging can also be carried out at public charging points using a type 3 cable.

Equipment includes a central 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen and 10.25-inch fully digital Audi virtual cockpit. As well as providing access to infotainment, the MMI touchscreen also includes handwriting detection as well as natural language voice control, and provides information on the energy flow between the various components of the hybrid system. The Audi virtual cockpit in the TFSI e models also features a powermeter displaying output.

Deliveries of the new A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e start in most European markets this autumn. Prices start from €37,470.92 in Germany.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.