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The verdict on Audi's first plug-in hybrid

If you drive less than 50km a day, Audi's A3 Sportback e-tron is perfect for you

Published on Jul 5, 2014 10:09 PM
The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is theoretically able to travel 100km on just 1.5 litres of fuel. -- PHOTO: AUDI

The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi's first plug-in hybrid. This means that the car is happy to move around on battery power alone. But its engine will come to the rescue when the batteries start running low.

Look under the bonnet and you will find a four-cylinder engine shifted to the left to accommodate components of the electric drivetrain. The battery pack lies beneath the rear seats, with the fuel tank moved farther rearwards.

Its 1.4-litre turbocharged engine puts out 150bhp, while the motor produces 101bhp. Together, they develop a maximum output of 204bhp and 350Nm.

In electric mode, you can drive 50km, at speeds of up to 130kmh. Factor in the engine and a full tank of petrol and Audi claims a total range of 940km.

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Price: To be announced

Engine: 1,395cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged with 75kW motor

Power: 204bhp at 5,000rpm

Torque: 350Nm at 1,600-3,500rpm

Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch automatic

0-100kmh: 7.6 seconds

Top speed: 222kmh

Fuel consumption: 1.5 litres/100km

Agent: Premium Automobiles