2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron: Have your Cake and Eat it too
As the auto industry goes green, it doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious at the same time, and Audi is definitely here to prove just that.
In today’s society we have this wild notion that we can truly have everything and anything we want, whenever we want it. The era of instant gratification (without much effort put in to achieve it) is very much upon us. We’re a nation of “give it to me now or not at all” consumers. From physical produts to notions, we have very specific needs and wants.
Audi is Here to Give You Exactly What You Want
Well, the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron answers all those needs, wants and so much more.
Currently the only hybrid model available in the Audi lineup in North America, the A3 Sportback e-tron features the ability to drive in full EV mode or as a gas/EV hybrid. In full EV mode, you can travel up to 26km without touching a drop of fuel. That’s ideal for suburbia and shorter city-dwelling jaunts in your A3 e-tron.
The 75kW electric motor (107 horsepower) is paired with Audi’s 1.4L TFSI gas-powered engine that produces 150 horsepower. The electric motor boasts 243 lb-ft of torque, which means power off the line is nearly instantaneous and will give you that fabulous pushed-into-your-seat sensation. And there’s even another 8.8kWh battery nestled beneath the rear seats to help store an electrical charge. In all, the combined power output for the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Less Gas, More Energy
Charging our Audi A3 Sportback e-tron isn’t just done while driving via regen braking and energy recovering on the road. The A3 can be plugged in for optimal battery charging while you’re not behind the wheel. On a Level 1 (120V) charging outlet, the A3 e-tron takes approximately 8 hours to fully charge. Bump that up to a Level 2 (240V) charge and that time drops to 2 hrs 30 min (depending on battery depletion, of course).
Audi has partnered with Bosch for their home charging stations, which are available for installation upon purchasing our 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
Sporting all that hybrid and EV technology doesn’t make the A3 e-tron any less of an Audi in nature; it's still as dynamic to drive as its full-gas brethren, if not more thanks to the instant power surge from the electric motor on board.
Performance driven, and loaded with Audi’s latest in technology and safety, the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is a glimpse into the future of the German automaker. As the auto industry goes green, it doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious at the same time, and Audi is definitely here to prove just that.
To find out more about everything the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron has to offer, head down to your local Glenmore Audi to speak to one of our experts. And don’t forget to book a test drive, too.