2018 Audi A3 E-Tron Gets $600 Price Bump, New Wheels

1 week ago by Sebastian Blanco 9

Audi A3 E-Tron Sportback

The Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron was already considered a sales success in Europe when it frist went on sale in the U.S. in early 2016.

It’s done relatively well since then, making up around 13 percent of all A3 sales here in its first eight months, and reaching 20 percent last December (see chart below).  That first year, the 2017 Audi A3 E-Tron started at $37,900, climbing up to $38,900 for the 2017 model year.

For 2018, the pricing climb continues, with the Premium (read: base) trim starting at $39,500, the Premium Plus at $42,600 ($42,000 in 2016), and the Prestige at $48,100 ($46,800).

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron sales in U.S. – April 2017

For 2018, Audi has made a few updates to the A3 line up. Two USB ports and heated front seats are now standard on all models. The Premium Plus trim gets Audi side assist and an optional Bang & Olufsen Sound System, MMI Navigation plus, and Audi Virtual Cockpit in the Technology package.

There is only one minor change being made specifically to the A3 Sportback E-Tron: available and new 18-inch, multispoke design wheels with all-season tires as part of the Sport package. As before, the Audi A3 Sportback E-Tron is only available at participating Audi dealers. For more details on the A3 Sportback E-Tron’s powertrain and other details, read this.

We said two years ago that the A3 Sportback E-Tron was a vitally important vehicle for Audi’s plug-in strategy. The vehicle has been a solid seller here in the U.S., Volkswagen and Audi both have big goals for plug-in vehicles in the coming years, and if early sales of the A3 E-Tron are any indication, these sorts of ambitions could be met. Especially when we look to the future and more E-Tron models, like the E-Tron Sportback Concept that was just displayed in Shanghai.

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9 responses to "2018 Audi A3 E-Tron Gets $600 Price Bump, New Wheels"

  1. Bacardi says:

    Man if they could just get the thing to 40mpg while using regular 87, I’d imagine 25%-50% improvement over sales…

  2. mx says:

    Any electric range increase?

    1. Sebastian Blanco says:

      Nope. The only update to the E-Tron specifically are the new 18-inch wheels.

    2. David Murray says:

      The number one thing this vehicle needs is more EV range. 16 Miles is almost an insult at this price point. I could almost forgive them if it were a large SUV or something that needed a lot of juice to move.

      20 miles should be the starting point for low-end PHEVs. I know that’s only 4 miles more, but that would actually be a 25% range increase.

  3. Russ says:

    I agree with both of these (better mpg/regular gas, and better electric range). Still, I’ve found my 2016 has done a great job of meeting my needs. I’ve driven about half my total mileage on battery since I live close to work. And road trips are still a little better mileage than the Sportwagen TDI it replaced. However, my wife’s Jetta TDI gets much better highway mileage so we’ll just use hers for future road trips.

    I look forward to more plug-in options in the future, but I’m really enjoying what I have right now.

  4. Blake Swan says:

    Chevy Bolt over this vehicle just based on range and price. Can’t believe they raised the price with no change to the range.

  5. dave says:

    If they bumped the price 1500 maybe I’d expect drivetrain enhancements. Or if it was a new generation. But $600 is a little more than inflation. We love our eTron and I would get another. That said, I agree completely on the overall need for increased range and improvement to the mpg. Our other car is a Volt. Man, I love getting 50+ miles range. Russ – I think i’d still take the Audi over the Jetta. We just took the eTron on a road trip and it is a very very nice car for a long haul. Worth the extra couple bucks IMHO.

    1. Russ says:

      Oh, I’ve taken the Audi for a 1500 mile trip already and it did great. The amenities are worth it. But if we’re looking for mileage, we might take the Jetta. Win/win in my book.

  6. Just_Chris says:

    1 in 5, kind of makes you wonder why they don’t offer a plugin (even with a tiny battery) in every model.

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