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2014 Audi A3 E-tron

The Audi A3 E-tron is the company’s plug-in hybrid production and is only available as a five-door model.

E-tron cars driven before have powered solely by batteries and motors, but the A3 E-tron combines technology with a 1.4-litre engine to give a range of 600 miles.

The A3 E-tron has CO2 emissions of 35g/km, yet offers near hot levels of acceleration. We had the chance to a pre-production car around Frankfurt to see this blend of economy and feels like.

What’s the Audi A3 E-tron like to

The E-tron will feel if you’ve driven an automatic A3 before. It uses the same DSG auto gearbox, although has been specially adapted for the to work with the electric as well as the petrol engine.

The A3 E-tron has as much power as you get in a Clio RS, as well as 258lb ft of Acceleration is unsurprisingly brisk Audi says it will hit from rest in 7.6 seconds, isn’t that far behind hot such as the Ford Fiesta ST.

the E-tron is noticeably quicker its petrol and diesel siblings, it’s also considerably There’s more than of extra weight to carry, the mass is more evenly over the chassis compared the standard car.

The E-tron handle as well as our favourite but the differences aren’t huge. isn’t as sharp and the ride as supple, but it’s still an and comfortable car. Moreover, an source told us there is some fine-tuning to be done to the so it may improve.

The 31 miles of electric range mean that most can be achieved with zero emissions. Audi envisages will then plug in the car at workplace during the day or at home

Recharging the batteries takes than four hours a conventional household socket, or over two hours with an power supply. You can also use a phone app to schedule charging at times, or top up the battery on the move the charge function of the EV Mode if you were travelling at motorway this could charge the from 18% to full in around 40

What’s the 2014 Audi A3 like inside?

The A3 E-tron has the stylish, uncluttered cabin as the A3. There are plenty of high materials and all of the switchgear feels

Rear space is also so there’s enough leg- and to let two adults travel in comfort.

the boot disappoints. The E-tron’s battery sits under the seats, so the fuel tank to 40 litres) has been moved to the back. This means the A3’s 380-litre boot has to 280 litres in the E-tron; that’s slightly larger than a Fiesta’s.

On the plus side, buyers get the same easy-to-use infotainment along with unique and information readouts to remind that they’re sitting in a hybrid.

Should I buy one?

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In the A3 E-tron starts at €37,000, makes it around €2000 than the S3 Sportback. The S3 Sportback £31,260 here, so if the same structure is adopted, the A3 E-tron cost around £30,000 it arrives in the UK. It will be eligible for a Government grant, too.

At price, it would be around less than the range-extender BMW i3 or Prius plug-in hybrid. The looks even better when you consider that it the i3 for range and boot space, and the plug-in Prius on CO2 emissions and economy.

Taking performance into it’s around £6000 expensive than an equivalent or diesel A3 Sportback. However, its economy is more than as good as that of the 1.6 TDI model, attracts a 14% company car tax charge 5% for the E-tron. At £30,000, the E-tron cost a 40% taxpayer just per year.

Private buyers are to be better off with a conventionally car, but for company car users and adopters our early drive the A3 E-tron could be the most and affordable plug-in hybrid

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