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First drive 2015 Audi A3 eTron Driving

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Finally, a plug-in hybrid actually sporty and worth


MALIBU, CALIF. —  plug-in hybrids — the cars enviroweenies have convinced us are our future — don t have to be boring. Oh, to be the ones we ve sampled so far have boring, either utilitarian runabouts with all the flavour of Bread or a little more but equally dull, electrified sedans. Except for Lexus s CT200h, which still from a somewhat lethargic none of the small plug-ins are one would, even in one most of moods, label sporty.

s new A3 e-tron looks to infuse the hybrid set with at least a of four-wheeled joie de vivre . both horsepower — 204 hp combined — and handling — credit a relatively (for an electrified hybrid) curb weight and fairly all-wheel independent suspension — to make a trip down s notoriously twisty Mulholland at least somewhat entertaining.

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The Group s rowdy little TFSI turbocharged four-banger, for like to sing at high And God bless and please mat the throttle, it s not to some infernal Constant Transmission (CVT) that throttle response and sounds a sewing machine. Thanks in to the to six-speed double-clutch S-tronic manual transmission, the e-tron s response is, well, electric.

Handling, as expected from Audi, is tight, the suspension controlled and the steering, surprisingly considering it is like, the rest of the electrified. Acceleration is vivid by compact hybrid standards) Audi claiming 100 kilometres but 7.6 seconds. A Toyota Prius, the A3 is

The Audi A3 e-tron feels as in actually sporty, and not even for a hybrid.

Of course, a sporty is the icing on the cake, the reason to driving the A3 e-tron, but not the reason to buy the A3 That, of course, is because of its bona fides, its combination of a 75 and 150-horsepower 1.4-litre turbocharged four geared for maximum (the gasoline portion of the is based on the same turbo that s used in the surprisingly Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid). to the point, however, the electric though it is built into the casing and runs inline the gas motor and transmission, can power the completely independently of the 1.4L

The result is that, as long as 130 an hour is not exceeded, this A3 run on electrons for either 50 kilometres s claim) or about 35 km (our On our short traipse through the of Malibu, the gas engine never in when we were in EV mode.

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David Booth with the A3 e-tron, which he says is a plug-in hybrid.


Of like all plug-in hybrids, the 8.8 kW-h lithium-ion battery (a liquid-cooled affair scrunched the rear seat) depletes its electrons, the e-tron reverts to a standard gasoline/electric hybrid. again, the Audi drives than its competitors, mostly of that aforementioned S-tronic that eliminates the droning note typical of CVT-transmissioned Indeed, until one is trying to pass a large semi on passes for a straightaway on Corral Road, the little four-banger largely unobtrusive.

The problem my short analysis of the e-tron s however, is that, no matter how it is to drive, I don t have any information on how the entire setup is. The e-tron is in its (final) prototype stage — it won t see our until the first quarter of — so even preliminary Canadian economy figures are not available. is claiming that, in the European the electrified A3 uses only 1.5 of fuel every 100 kilometres, but testing is notoriously favourable to

That said, the Volkswagen Hybrid, which uses a on the same powertrain, impressed in our consumption evaluations, so there s no to expect that the e-tron won t the envelope even further to its larger, plug-in battery and EV mode. At the very least, it s enjoyable to drive than the

The A3 e-tron drives much the conventionally powered A3.

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