Audi A3 Sportback Etron 2018 (premium Plus)
Audi A3 a luxury, sporty and eco friendly hatchback that is not like other hybrids on roads but more delightful as you expect from Audi. Major changes and facelift was done in 2017 with addition of fresh bumpers both on front and rear, xenon headlights and many other technological improvements. This vehicle sets the new standards of luxury for this class and this good car is a great value for you money.
Design Dynamics of Audi A3 Etron:
This hi-tech vehicle feels modern and well appointed luxury car while in 2018 no major changes has been done on its interior and exterior, only minimal changes done to trim level features and options package. Inside the vehicle there has been given two high resolution screens both have the capabilities to display and control all the functions of vehicle but the virtual cockpit is the better option for driver focus. Its design dynamics are much similar to Volkswagen Golf GTE version but the major difference is of the big bold grill with Audi signature. Interior quality of A3 Etron is better where soft touch plastic and alcantara used all around, nice small and easy to operate design of interior has addition of apple car play and android auto to make this vehicle more user friendly.
Space and Comfort:
This vehicle has reasonably comfortable and quiet environment; A3 sport back Etron is more spacious than its base model, it has more head and leg room for its rear seats passengers but still two passenger’s will able to sit comfortably. It has same issue as many other Audi’s while shifting from comfort to dynamic mode it become less comfortable and you can experience stiffer ride with lot of bumps on road, other than that this smooth to drive vehicle is more refined, efficient and desirable.
Engine and Power:
It has 1.4 liter engine that combines electric power to produce 204 horse power which help the vehicle to maintain and give sporty performance. Despite of the fact that it is a plug-in hybrid vehicle it gives 0-60 in just 6.5 to 7 seconds while the top speed of vehicle is 127 miles per hour. On pure electric power estimated EPA is 16 miles that is much suitable in urban areas.
Driving Dynamics of Audi A3 Etron:
Performance of vehicle is undeniably good and with E-credentials it become even better but A3 without batteries give better handling due to less weight. Shifting to dynamic mode makes the steering wheel heavy so this is not a best fun to drive vehicle. Addition of driver assistance system raises the bar of drive technology in premium compact segment; driver assistance automatically stops the car when you get sleep. Comparing the packages premium package gives more options than base model but the top level prestige has all the technology and active safety features. Options are quite expensive in A3 but it is a quality product.
Space inside A3 Etron:
It is a very likeable car thanks to its upscale interior and excellent technology but for spacious interior I will give 70/100 as it has more space for rear seats passengers but has small cargo area which can be extended only by folding down the rear seats.
Competitors of Audi A3:
- BMW 330
- Chevrolet Volt
- Ford Cmax energi
- Toyota Prius Prime
- BMW i3