2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi scrapped the A3’s five-door format when the current generation of its entry-level car arrived last year. Now, it’s reviving the sportback, but only with its e-tron plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Audi executives say the A3 e-tron will appeal to previous-generation A3 owners and those eyeing other plug-in hybrids, or upscale hatchback shoppers, with conquests expected to account for most sales. It’s the first electrified Audi to arrive stateside and will pave the way for at least three other electrified vehicles by the end of the decade, giving its launch outsized importance.

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