An eco-friendly hot hatch but with a claimed economy of 176mpg and just 37g/km CO2 output – can this really be true? Surely this has got to be a pipe dream or even worse, someone somewhere is telling porkies? However, have a little faith, because it’s actually true.
Business drivers are going to jumping over each other to get their hands on one of these models. With the ultra low CO2 emissions, this means that your annual VED bill is zero while BIK stands at only five per cent. That’s not all. The A3 e-Tron produces 201bhp meaning it will complete the benchmark sprint in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 137mph too. If you need to run at 80mph, then you can on pure electric power for 31 miles – not too shabby. Drive more sensibly and you can eke out a range of 584 miles – no need for range anxiety with this model.
The e-Tron is based on the popular Sport trim, and comes with full LED headlights, an e-tron specific grille (where the plug-in charging point lives), 17-inch alloy wheels, S line bumpers and sills plus a rear roof spoiler, e-tron instruments and an EV button.