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Audi A3 e-tron Review: Electric Excellence

May 15, 2015

When it comes to innovation, Audi don’t mess around – and by bringing their best-selling model onto the hybrid market, they’ve created a vehicle of electric excellence. The Audi A3 e-tron proved its worth by scooping a coveted WhatCar award, being named ‘Best Electric Car of the Year’ 2015 – and in today’s Audi A3 e-tron review, we’re going to find out what all the fuss is about. Let’s dive in.

Audi A3 E-Tron red

Original image by Robert Basic

Design

In terms of interior quality, Audi never lets us down – and the beauty of the e-tron is that it’s almost identical to the standard A3 Sportback. This is the first plug-in hybrid from Audi and it’s a bona fide beauty. The classy cabin is every bit as stylish as the original A3, with plenty of space to get comfortable. Due to the positioning of the batteries under the rear seats, the boot houses the car’s fuel tank, making it considerably smaller – but there’s still plenty of room for passengers to get comfortable in the rear.

Performance & Handling

The engine in the Audi e-tron is a 201bhp 1.4 litre petrol-electric hybrid, and at best manages 0-62mph in 7.6 secs. From a 13 amp socket, full charge will take four hours – but a home wall-charger will take far less time. Fuel economy for this EV is 176.6mpg, with 37g/km of CO2 emissions meaning you’ll be exempt from road tax. In pure electric mode, the e-tron covers around 30 miles at 81mph – while the default hybrid mode combines the petrol and electric motors to deliver the best possible energy outcome.

Features

Equipment is generous in the Audi A3 e-tron, with a 7 inch infotainment system and Sat Nav providing plenty of technology in the cabin. The A3 e-tron also comes kitted out with automatic lights and wipers, rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control –  as well as Sports seats up front.

Audi A3 Finance

Audi A3 E-Tron Side

Original image by Robert Basic

When it comes to getting your hands on an Audi A3 e-tron, you might need some help finding the funds – and that’s where the Car Loan Warehouse can help. If you take into account the £5000 government grant, the e-tron comes in at below £30,000 –  which is still a lot of cash to find. Whether you want to discuss your borrowing needs or explore our range of Audi A3 finance options, contact the Car Loan Warehouse today to see how we can help.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.