Plug-in hybrids of the new Volkswagen Golf are already on the market, but until now there were no plug-in versions of the technical brother Audi A3 Sportback. Until now. This is the new Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e.
The new Audi A3 Sportback is introduced to a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but it is not about the 245 hp motorization that we already know from the Golf GTE and Octavia iV RS, for example. No, the plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e is a lot milder.
The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI-e has a 150 hp and 250 Nm 1.4 TFSI petrol engine under the hood, which works together with an electric motor that delivers 109 hp and 330 Nm. This produces a system power of 204 hp and 350 Nm. As with the previous plug-in A3, the A3 e-tron, the electric motor is incorporated in the six-speed S-tronic automatic transmission. Do we know this powertrain from another Volkswagen Group plug-in? Absolutely. The Golf is also available with this plug-in hybrid hardware, but under the name eHybrid.
With this plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e accelerates to 100 km / h in 7.6 seconds. Its top speed is set at 227 km / h. Equally interesting is the electric range. The 13 kWh battery pack, which is located under the rear seat, is good for an electric driving range of 67 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. In electric mode, the top speed is 140 km / h. A 230v charging cable is standard and with it you can charge with a maximum of 2.9 kW. The battery pack is full again in just under four hours.
From the outside, the A3 Sportback can be recognized by its special 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels. The LED daytime running lights are striking. These wicks, made up of 15 LEDs, have an e-signature, a reference to the plug-in hybrid powertrain. The luggage compartment of the plug-in A3 Sportback has a capacity of 280 liters, making the rear space 100 liters smaller than that of the conventional versions.
The plug-in hybrid Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI-e will be available at European dealers this year. Dutch prices follow.
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