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Like the run-of-the-mill Audi A3 sedan and cabriolet, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron enters the 2017 model year with a host of changes both inside and out. Unfortunately, though, Audi failed to update our biggest gripes with the plug-in hybrid hatchback: its high cost of entry and its middling gasoline-electric powertrain.
With a starting price of $39,850 for the base Premium trim, the 2017 Audi A3 e-tron sees its base price jump by $1025 compared with its 2016 counterpart. Those extra bills do, however, bring new features: Audi’s digital gauge cluster (dubbed Virtual Cockpit), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, and Audi’s Pre Sense front-collision warning system that can also apply the brakes on its own if necessary.
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AÂ refresh wouldn’t be complete without exterior revisions, though, and the e-tron sports revised front and rear fascias, including head- and taillights, that evolve the hatchback’s attractive looks. A $1350 Sport package adds 18-inch, 15-spoke wheels and a roof spoiler, as well as sport seats and a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters.
As before, the 2017 A3 e-tron continues to use a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine and an electric motor to send 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Although we were able to coax a 2016 A3 e-tron from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 6.5 seconds, we were ultimately unimpressed with the plug-in powertrain’s EPA-rated EV range of just 16 miles as well as its EPA combined rating of 83 MPGe. Although the EPA has yet to release figures for the 2017 Audi A3 e-tron, we expect little change, if any.
Along with the base Premium model, the 2017 A3 e-tron is also available in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, which start at $42,950 and $48,500, respectively.
Audi also released pricing information for the updated A3 sedan and cabriolet and theÂ S3 sedan. As expected, many of the revisions made to theÂ Europe-market 2017 Audi A3/S3 come toÂ the U.S.-spec model. Powertrains remain a bit of a mystery, as the company only revealed pricing information for the A3 2.0T Quattro and the S3 sedan.
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Just as on theÂ the e-tron, the A3 2.0T Quattro sedan and cabriolet are available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Sedans start at $35,150 for the base Premium, $38,400 for the midline Premium Plus, and $43,900 for the top-of-the-line Prestigeâadd $6100 for the cabriolet. Meanwhile, the 292-hp S3 sedan is available in Premium Plus and Prestige trims, for $43,850 and $49,350.