The Audi A3 Sportback has consistently been a graceful little hatchback, but in its latest guise—the A3 Sportback 45 TFSI e constituent hybrid—gets a notable ability addition and some added equipment, compared to its 40 TFSI e counterpart. What’s decidedly absorbing is that there are no powertrain changes—the aforementioned gas agent and electric motor are present, bearing the aforementioned bulk of power, but a software change allows an added 40.5 hp and 37 lb-ft of best power. Neat!
What’s beneath accurate is that these A3 Sportback models are bound to Europe. There are rumors that, eventually, we’ll get amalgam versions of the A3 in this anatomy style—after all, the now-defunct last-gen A3 e-tron constituent hybrid hatchback was awash here—but for now all Audi A3s in America are four-door sedans.
Since the achievability exists these ability appear at some point, let’s booty a afterpiece attending at the accouterments onboard. Both the 40 and 45 TFSI e models use a 1.4-liter turbocharged gas agent that makes 148 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, commutual to an electric motor acceptable for 80 kW and 243 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor is chip into the six-speed dual-clutch transmission’s housing. A lithium ion array food 13 kWh of energy, acceptable for a 46-mile ambit on Europe’s NEDC analysis standard—about 5 afar added than the 40.
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The 45 TFSI e is analytic quick for a PHEV, authoritative the run to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds—quicker than the 40, which alone manages that acceleration in 7.6 seconds. There are a few notable activating and affection updates over the 40, too. There are beyond brakes abaft the 17-inch wheels, and the afterward appear accepted on the 45 but not on the 40: action seats, Audi drive select, two-zone altitude control, and a accessibility key.
The A3 45 TFSI e starts at about $50,310 (at the time of this writing, including VAT but afore any subsidies) in Europe. The 40 TFSI e, by comparison, starts at almost $45,500.