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AUDI A3 SPORTBACK

40 TFSI e S line 5dr S Tronic [17 inch Alloy]

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Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions26.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed141mph

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect emergency call and service
  • Audi drive select (Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual)
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital and colour instrument cluster
  • Automatic start/stop system with recuperation
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Collision avoidance assistant
  • Electromechanical power speed sensitive steering
  • Lane departure warning system
  • MMI Navigation Plus with high resolution 10.1" colour touch screen display
  • Service indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Voice control system with natural language interaction

Entertainment

  • 1xUSB-A and 1xUSB-C connection
  • 6 passive loudspeakers
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glass windscreen
  • Aluminium window trim
  • Auto dimming frameless rear view mirror
  • Body colour exterior mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable/heated/folding/dimming door mirrors with kerb view includes integrated LED indications + kerb view function for passenger side
  • Front electric windows
  • Illuminated aluminium inserts front door sills with S logo
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Light and rain sensors
  • Privacy glass - dark tinted rear window, rear door and side windows
  • Rear electric windows
  • Rear side air outlets in grained matt black
  • Rear wiper
  • S line bumpers
  • S roof spoiler

Interior Features

  • 12V socket and storage compartment in front centre console
  • 3 pin 10 amp domestic charging cable
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat bench with cupholder
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Front and rear centre armrest in leather
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Interior lighting - glove compartment light and right hand side
  • Luggage compartment floor covering
  • Manual boot compartment lid
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Seat side bolsters
  • Stainless steel pedals and front footrest
  • Tool kit
  • Twin leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo

Packs

  • Aluminium interior elements pack - A3 Sportback
  • S line styling pack - A3 Sportback

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • First aid kit with warning triangle and 2 safety vests
  • Hill hold assist
  • Pre-sense front with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure loss indicator

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Electronically operated child lock
  • Immobiliser
  • Remote control central locking

Technical

  • Type 2 mode 3 32 amp charging cable
  • Type 2 socket for AC charging

Trim

  • Accent surfaces in the dashboard and centre console in platinum grey silk effect paint finish
  • Dark spectrum aluminium inlays

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Passive Safety

Service/Warranty

Trim

Wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty
    70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    13
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    225
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Left Side Front
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    Not Available
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH
    64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL
    64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH
    40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL
    40

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    26
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    27
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    26

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1395
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Code
    8YACPX
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL
    235.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI e
  • Coin Series
    S line [17 inch]
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    25E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1550
  • Top Speed
    141

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 ARM
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1430
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1450
  • Length
    4343
  • Wheelbase
    2630
  • Width
    1816
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1984

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2065
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    280
  • Max. Loading Weight
    505
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1560
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.1

The Audi A3 40 TFSIe plug-in hybrid looks to offer a smart way of combining petrol and electric power. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

It'll be interesting to see how long the Plug-in Hybrid era lasts. Some European governments say they're already looking to ban cars like these by 2035 - which seems a bit premature, particularly as PHEV tech is now really getting into gear. To an extent showcased in the premium compact hatch segment by this car, the Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSIe. As you might know if you ran an example of this variant's direct predecessor, the A3 e-tron, plug-in models of this kind have a history of providing fairly feeble levels of all-electric range. The 40 TFSIe though, has a much bigger lithium-ion battery than that old e-tron model could offer and the result is a far more usable 41 mile WLTP-rated level of range - for lower-spec variants at least (the larger 18-inch wheels of 'S line' trim drop that figure to 37 miles).

Driving Experience

Conventional A3 Sportbacks offer a degree of electrification but the mild hybrid lower order petrol versions of this car aren't proper hybrids. If you want an A3 that is, you'll need the PHEV model, almost certainly the '40 TFSIe' variant we look at here. This plug-in hybrid borrows its drivetrain from a PHEV segment pioneer, Volkswagen's Golf GTE, which means a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine mated to a 6-speed DSG auto gearbox. The 85kW electric motor this package works with is mated to a 13kWh lithium-ion battery that when fully charged can offer a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of up to 41 miles. And a (rather academic) all-electric top speed of up to 80mph. Rely primarily on petrol power and the 62mph sprint occupies just 7.6s en route to 141mph. If you want to go faster in an A3 PHEV, you can talk to your Audi Centre about an alternative '45 TFSIe S line Competition' variant with a combined system output of 245PS - the same as a Golf GTI. Otherwise, it's just like any other A3 Sportback to drive. Differences with this MK4 design initially seem quite subtle, primarily centred around slightly sharper steering and handling that's now a little more responsive. That's thanks to a wider track and the introduction of a 'modular dynamic handling control system' that, based on steering movements, predictively co-ordinates interplay between all the car's dynamic systems - like a conductor with an orchestra - so the car can always be one step ahead of the drive inputs you want to make.

Design and Build

The 40 TFSIe is offered in the five-door A3 Sportback body and doesn't look a whole lot different to any other Sportback. There's some subtle badging at the back and the charging point is typically Audi-slick. Inside up front, there's an immersive style of ergonomic design - in the way the air vents combine with the instrument binnacle and the manner in which the centre screen and the re-designed climate controls just below have been canted towards the driver. Much effort has gone in to visually emphasise the width and spaciousness of this cabin, most notably with precise horizontal lines and surfaces. And you're going to really like the quality and classy design on show here. There's also what Audi calls a 'new level' of digital technology, a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument binnacle display standardised and working in concert with a 10.1-inch 'MMI Navigation plus' centre stack monitor. Audi claims that this MK4 A3 Sportback's slight dimensional exterior size increase benefits passengers directly and, sure enough, they get more elbow room at the front and rear and more shoulder room in the rear. Headroom in the front's better too - though only because the driver's seat has been positioned a little lower for a slightly sportier feel. Out back, boot space falls from 380-litres in the standard model to just 280-litres in this one thanks to the battery pack beneath the floor.

Market and Model

The big issue for most buyers is whether they see this A3 40 TFSIe variant's £33,000 asking price as being justifiable when a 35 TDI 150PS diesel A3 Sportback model will typically cost around £4,000 less. That four grand would buy you a lot of black pump fuel. In terms of pure hard-headed finance, it's going to find it hard to justify sales against a diesel; in the short to medium term at least. 'Sport' and 'S line' versions of the A3 Sportback 40 TFSIe are factory fitted with 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels respectively, but as wheel size can bring about minor variations in the compact hatchback's electric-only driving range, customers have the option to go up or down in size depending on their preferences. Thus the 'S line' can be fitted with a 17-inch wheel as a no cost option so business users can still qualify for the six per cent BIK banding.The wheels are carefully controlled by a sophisticated multi-link suspension system combining refined ride comfort that complements the plug-in hybrid's hushed electric-only cruising with excellent stability and composure for occasions when the full 204PS output is put to good use on more challenging roads. By the way, you'll pay from around £36,500 for the more powerful 245PS 45 TFSIe model, which comes only in fully-specced 'S line Competition' trim.

Cost of Ownership

With 17-inch wheels, the quoted WLTP stats for a 40 TFSIe model are a fantasy land combined cycle fuel figure of 282.5mpg and a CO2 reading of up to 31g/km. That latter stat means a Benefit-in-Kind tax rating of just 6% (or 10% if you specify 'S line' trim with the larger 18-inch wheels). In comparison to a conventional 35 TFSI model, that'll cut your BiK tax payments by as much as 75%. At the time of this test in Autumn 2020, that meant a £792 annual outlay for a typical tax payer running a 40 TFSIe 'Sport' model, as opposed to the £3,200 per year that he or she would have shelled out running the equivalent 35 TFSI Sport variant. Do the maths and you'll find that means a saving of almost £10,000 over four years for a 40% tax payer; you can see the attraction. The downside with this fourth generation A3's evolved PHEV technology is that the extra cells inevitably take a bit longer to charge - think 4-5 hours when using an AC wall box in your garage (rated at 3.6kW and above). Because this Plug-in variant's onboard charging capacity was, from launch, limited to just 2.9kW, hooking the car up to the kind of 7kW garage wallbox you'd use for a full-EV won't make this Audi charge any faster, but future model updates might change that.

Summary

Although the headline numbers of 282.5mpg, 31g/km of CO2 and a 0-62mph time of just 7.6 seconds make the Audi A3 40 TFSIe appear quite a game-changer, look behind the numbers and you'll find things not quite so clear cut. In fact, a counter perspective might well be that you're paying around £4,000 over the top of an A3 Sportback 35 TDI 150PS diesel and getting a car that's slower, drinks more fuel, carries less luggage, offers inferior touring range and once out of charge will drink much more fuel. Of course, the A3 40 TFSIe has other benefits. It can run in a pure EV mode and it feels a far more special piece of kit than a diesel hatch. Can you put a price on that? You can perhaps if you measure the savings you'll make in company car tax. And this model certainly scores as a car you can drive as an EV on short commutes to work, but which is capable of long weekend trips. As a technical showpiece, it's an intriguing thing. As a sales proposition though, you might need to scour the small print quite carefully.

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