A few months after its marketing, the Audi A3 expands its range with a new plug-in hybrid variant like its cousins ​​Volkswagen Golf and Seat Leon. It is given for 67 km of autonomy in electric mode.

Unveiled last March, the fourth generation of the Audi A3 Sportback is evolving at the end of September, with the arrival of a plug-in hybrid version called 40 TFSI e.

Like its cousins ​​in the Volkswagen group, the Seat Leon e-Hybrid and the Volkswagen Golf 8 eHybrid, the A3 Sportback has a PHEV version for a complete offer.

The compact ring is powered by a 150 hp 1.4 TFSI four-cylinder engine, combined with an 80 kW (109 hp) permanent magnet synchronous electric motor.

The cumulative power of this 40 TFSI e version is therefore 204 hp , which makes it as powerful as the old Audi A3 e-tron and exactly similar to the Golf eHybrid and Leon e-Hybrid.

The electroblock is still housed in the six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. There is therefore no quattro all-wheel drive on this version of the A3.

Electric autonomy

The A3 has the same 13 kWh battery. Nevertheless Audi is more optimistic in terms of electric autonomy since the manufacturer announces 67 km according to the WLTP cycle, against about 60 km for the Leon.

The A3 comes with a 230-volt charging cable for recharging in its garage, and Audi announces a full recharge in just over four hours since the charge offers a maximum power of only 2.9 kW.

On the look side, the plug-in hybrid version differs little from the other versions of Audi A3 Sportback : charging socket on the left front fender , specific light signature with optional matrix headlights, specific upholstery in recycled plastic bottle with contrasting stitching.

As for the Golf, with its GTE version, the Audi A3 Sportback will subsequently be entitled to a slightly more powerful version with a 45 TFSI e variant of 245 hp . This will also arrive on the Q3 SUV by the end of 2020.

In the meantime, the 40 TFSI e version of the A3 Sportback will be marketed this fall, at a price of euro 37,470.92 in Germany.