2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron costs $37,900

The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron will be available starting this fall in United States from $37,900. Order books will open in October and the final price tag will be significantly different than the MSRP since it doesn’t include any applicable federal, state and local incentives while the $925 destination charge also has to be added upon purchase. Customers will start making orders in October for the plug-in hybrid five-door hatchback which combines a four-cylinder 1.4-liter TFSI turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor and an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. This hardware arrangement will provide the model with a combined output of 204 bhp and a peak torque of 258 lb-ft.

Audi’s U.S. division hasn’t said a word about the car’s performances, but we do know its European counterpart runs the 0-60 mph journey in 7.6 seconds and tops out at 138 mph. What matters the most is the car’s efficiency and the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron lives up to its expectations as the European version consumes just 1.5 liters / 100 km in the combined cycle which converted into mpg stands at around 156.8 mpg US, but keep in mind this conversion is not entirely accurate as there are different testing procedures in United States. For short trips around town, the hybridized A3 should be a great tool as it can run on electric power for as much as 31 miles.

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This US-spec version comes generously equipped as standard with plenty of kit such as 7-inch MMI infotainment system, 16-inch rims, leather-wrapped steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control system and xenon plus headlights.

Adrian Padeanu

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