Audi is launching the 2021 A3 Sportback with improved plug-in hybrid technology in the European markets. The base price in Germany is EUR 37,470.92.
The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e has joined Audi’s A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7 plug-in hybrid models, already available.
The 2021 Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI provides fuel consumption of 1.5–1.4 l/100 km (156.8–168.0 US mpg), electric power consumption of 13.8–13.0 kWh/100 km, and 34–30 g/km (54.7–48.3 g/mi) of CO2 emissions, all are in combined cycle (NEDC rates).
The PHEV system comprises a 1.4 TFSI four-cylinder engine delivering 110 kW (150 hp/148 bhp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,550 and 3,500 rpm, and an electric motor with increased power compared to the predecessor.
The latter produces 80 kW and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque. It is integrated in the housing of the six-speed S tronic transmission.
The total system output is 150 kW (204 hp/201 bhp), and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. The Electric range (NEDC) is up to 78 km (48.5 mi) or 67 km (41.6 mi) in the WLTP, – 20 km (12.4 mi) more than before.
The lithium-ion battery stores 13.0 kWh of energy, almost 48% more than the previous model. Audi improved its cell chemistry. This allows driving on electric power at higher outside temperatures.
The fully electric top speed is 140 km/h (87.0 mph). The model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph).
The user of the Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e can select two special modes via the MMI operating system: “Battery hold” and “Battery charge.”
In “hold” mode, the available battery charge is held at the current level. In “charge” mode, as much electricity as possible is supplied to the battery.
Audi added hybrid-specific functions and displays to the operating concept of the model, such as a power meter. It displays the output and range, the status of drive, recuperation, state of battery charge.
The central 10.1-inch MMI display shows the energy flows.
A 230-volt power charging cable for the garage comes as standard. The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e charges with a max power of 2.9 kW.
It takes slightly more than 4 hours to fully charge a completely discharged battery. The free myAudi app helps control the charging times.
The car charges via a mode 3 cable at public charging terminals. The e-tron Charging Service is good for charging the most. It covers many countries in Europe.
A single card offers access to roughly 150,000 charging points.
The plug-in hybrid version goes on sale in many European markets this autumn. The base price in Germany is EUR 37,470.92.
The German buyers can use incentives of EUR 6,750. The model is taxed only at a flat rate of 0.5% of the gross list price.