If you’re contemplating whether an E-Tron makes sense in your life, it might be because you’re wondering if it’s worth considering over a diesel A3.
Combining a 1.4-litre TFSI engine with 150hp and 250Nm of torque with an electric motor that produces 54hp and 330Nm, there’s a total of 204hp available.
Strangely enough, the biggest rival for this plug-in hybrid isn’t found within its own model range, but more towards the closely-related Volkswagen Golf GTE.
Unfortunately for the E-Tron, the Golf GTE sits higher up in the Golf range and feels it. This A3 e-Tron? Not so much.
With relatively smaller wheels and malnourished bodykit, this could be a good thing if you don’t want anyone to know about your choice of plug-in hybrid, but that list price costs roughly 10% more than the GTE and some might feel short-changed.
The premium pricetag doesn’t stop there either. Add the options fitted to this particular car, including Virtual Cockpit, aluminium roof rails and flat-bottomed steering wheel – just to name a few – and the total breaks the £40,000 barrier.
On the road, the A3 Sportback does perform a little better, but there are a couple of features missing to help the hybrid battery take you further. To find out how the A3 e-Tron fully stacks up against the Golf GTE, read the full in-depth review at the Parkers link below.