2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Arrives in October, Priced from $38,825

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The 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the company’s first-ever e-tron plug-in hybrid to be sold in the U.S., and this new hatchback arrives in dealerships this October for a starting price of $38,825. That price is for the A3 e-tron Premium model, which comes standard with features like HID headlights, automatic climate control, a backup camera, and keyless entry with pushbutton start. Two other models are available, the $42,925 Premium Plus and the $47,725 Premium Plus model with higher levels of technology and luxury equipment.

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All 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron models come with a gas-electric powertrain that combines a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a 110-hp electric motor. A lithium-ion battery pack can be charged to full capacity in 2 hours and 15 minutes with a 240-volt charger, while recharging with a standard 120-volt outlet takes 8 hours. With 31 miles of electric driving range, the A3 e-tron is reasonably competitive with other plug-in hybrids. The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt eclipses it with its impressive 53 miles of electric driving range, but other plug-ins like the Ford Fusion Energi (20 miles) and Hyundai Sonata PHEV (24 miles) fall short of the new Audi. The Audi’s base price is a bit higher than these other plug-ins, understandable given the A3’s luxury badge and premium look. Look for official EPA ratings for the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to come out soon before this new model goes on sale in a few months. The e-tron will also soon be joined by the diesel-powered Audi A3 TDI Sportback to complement the existing A3 sedan and convertible bodystyles.

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