2015 Audi A3 e-tron Video Review

SEP 21 2015 BY MARK KANE 37

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Announes It Serious About Selling In The US - Priced From $37,900

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Here is a swell review of the Audi A3 e-tron from the UK.

The first plug-in hybrid Audi will be available in the US soon, and priced from $37,900, or $34 657 after deducting tax credit.

You’ll find a more detailed description of the A3 e-tron here.

All-electric range under EPA testing is expected to be just over 20 miles.

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I’m glad Audi didn’t put an astronomical price on it, but for $5k less and the same 20mile AER, I’d buy a Fusion Energi instead.

Agreed, at least they didn’t price it astronomically, just the typical Audi gouge.

But when you compare the A3 E-Tron to the 2016 Chevy Volt the A3 E-tron:

– Costs almost $9,000 more than the Volt (after federal Tax credit)

– Has over 30 miles less all-electric range than the Volt

– Is slower than the Volt

I wonder if the current Audi North American president will call the A3 E-tron a ‘car for giga-idiots’? After all, when the Volt was introduced, Audi’s North American president called the Chevy Volt a ‘car for idiots’ because it cost too much for what you get.

Is it really slower than the Volt? Or are you artificially restricting it to electric-only mode to make that claim? The eTron is a hybrid, and only as such does it achieve its full potential.

A3 is faster. Audi usually is a performance brand. 7.3 to 7.5ish 0 to 60 vs 7.8 for volt. A3 also hits 138 mph, well above volt.

Ralph Stein: The 7.8 seconds for the Volt is likely in electric only mode. For a fair comparison you should compare the Volt in hybrid mode (hold mode) to the A3 E-tron in hybrid mode. Motor Trend clocked their 2016 Chevy Volt at 7.1 seconds 0-60. So the Volt is quicker than the 7.3 to 7.5ish you quote for the A3 E-tron.


But you are right about the 138 mph top speed being higher. For those people that regularly drive over 100 mph, the A3 E-tron is the better choice.

I’m at a loss, then, as to the appeal of this car. Compared to the Volt, the only advantage I know of is its “Audi-ness” as bro1999 put it. That means nothing to me, but I know many people who drive Audis who wouldn’t be caught dead in a poor-man’s POC Chevy. Lol. Let them have their Audi-ness, I’ll take the superior vehicle please!

Yes, it’s just the “Audi-ness” that you’re paying for. Also, the back seat in the Audi likely has a little more room than the Volt.

But for a car that’s far inferior in almost all other respects (especially electric range), I’m not sure why anyone would choose the Audi of the Chevy.

I would also prefer the Volt to this car, but I compared it to the Fusion Energi based on the size of the vehicle and it having the same AER.

Agreed that the Fusion Energi is a much closer approximation to the A3 E-tron’s drivetrain. But the A3 E-tron is actually smaller than the Volt in length (169.8 vs 177 inches), width (70 vs 71) and wheelbase (103.5 vs 106). The A3 E-tron is almost two feet shorter (169.8 vs 192 inches) than the Ford Fusion Energi, so it’s a full class smaller than the Fusion, but I understand why you compared them because they have very similar drivetrains.

We can agree that the Volt is a better vehicle all around than the A3 E-tron, and the Volt is a class above when it comes to EV driving range and performance.

That looks ike a DCFC they are parked in front of, don’t think they can do much with that.

It’s a multi standard charger with fast DC and fast AC. But while the old Renault Zoe would get 43kW AC out of that plug, the A3 won’t get much more than the usual upper household speed of 3,7kW.

Assuming the Vauxhill Ampera, with its 3,3 kw charger, used a j1772 connector, and assuming this car charges at much less than 4 kw maximum, why then do they use a 3-phase mennekes connector on it if they only use a single-phase charger in Britain?

For the US market, the connector would have to be a J1772 since we have no facilities which will mate to a mennekes connector.

So…..don’t think I should hold my breath for a PHEV turbo diesel version, eh?

20 mile EPA range. Weak. I guess it is another vehicle with a plug though.

Just wait until you get your recall notice for you diesel and it then does 0-60 in 11 seconds and get 27 MPG.

That’s right, VW is in hot water for deceiving EPA.

Last week I was set straight by a few Canadians who’ve stated the US MPG and the ‘Imperial’ MPG differ by a ratio of 6/5, not 5/4 as I previously erroneously thought.

Its true there are 5 quarts in an Imperial Gallon, however their quarts are also different sizes, so that the ratio is 6/5.

So 27 mpg stateside would be 32.4 in Britain, if my Canadian friends are correct.

“All Electric range under EPA testing expected to be just over 20 miles”

Unless of course they had a good test busting bit of software written !

No thanks, I’ll go with an auto manufacturer that doesn’t deliberately engage itself in criminal behavior.

Hahahahahah, guess you’d better start riding a bicycle then.

So, it’s nearly $8,000 more than a 2016 Volt after credits but a Volt has 2.5x the EV range, is an EREV, has about the same 0-60 mph and probably faster 0-30 mph, and has better gas-only mpg. She said she was getting only 37 mpg in hold mode in UK gallons (31 mpg US). It’s yet another 20-something EV range non-EREV hybrid plugin.

That’s good! But, I’d rather drive a new Volt.

Don’t you love it when good ole, American engineering outperforms the Germans?

now if GM could just put that wonderful power train in something with a more functional interior

I’m surprised Inside EVs isn’t covering the “clean diesel” fraud by VW/Audi. This is a big deal for EVs since VW has been claiming diesel is the primary approach to better fuel economy, and that they could make it “clean”. Europe bought into diesel, America did not, and the result is awful air quality in cities like London and Paris. As diesel looses its luster, EVs become an even more obvious solution.
That, plus with any luck VW will be so damaged by this that Tesla will be able to pick up a spare factory or two in Europe for a song.

Man, who are you? What kind of stuff do you drink? How is this a news at all for this site? This is already covered all over the media.

And why is it that only Tesla can pick it up for a song? There are so many other auto makers, established and new, who can bid for VW. And this is an impossible situation anyway.

Yes, it is a bit of conflict with our mantra of “it has to plug-in”/be an electric vehicle.

That being said, we touched on it with Audi’s new A3 e-tron commercial that takes jabs at the Prius/BMW i3 here:


Obviously diesels are not electric but this story bleeds into the electric space. From a dieselgate article:
“Diesel versions of the Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat comprise more than a quarter of the brand’s sales in the U.S. and are a vital part of the company’s strategy for meeting tougher U.S. fuel-economy standards going into effect in coming years. More than other carmakers, VW has chosen to focus on diesel technology instead of electrics or hybrids.”

VW/Audi may need to boost their EV offerings.

Well it’s significant because the one absolutely undisputed feature of EVs, that even climate change deniers have to admit, is that they solve the local pollution problem. Claims that ICE cars can be almost as efficient have hinged on diesels, but are rendered moot if “clean diesel” is false. Also, VW has presented plug-in diesel hybrids.

As to why Tesla would be a buyer, it’s simple. Tesla is expanding and has a history of paying bottom dollar to distressed sellers, while European car makers face overcapacity and would shut down plants if it weren’t for political arrangements (case of Opel in Germany and both Renault and Peugeot in France). It is true other potential buyers exist though. A Chinese company will eventually buy a plant in Europe. But established major automakers don’t want more capacity in Europe; they want less.

I was thinking the same.
The EV prime motivation is its environmental benefit.
EV is green first and foremost, so if a company calls their car clean competing and confusing consumer about it even it isn’t at all without cheating, just imagine what it means now that they show the worlds they simply can’t be so that they have to plan cheating everyone.

I will not be buying or leasing any vehicle from VW and my 2012 Leaf lease ends this year.

Fortunately there are more options from more automakers than ever before. Even better if you’re in CA!

I’m in Central Florida my only prudent option is 2016 Leaf.

Yeah, both GM (will kill you over a < $5 part) and VW/Audi Group (lying cheats) are out.

Unfortunately, that's a big part of the EV market… the Volt and the e-Golf. I prefer not to buy a CHAdeMO EV as that standard is likely to be dead after the next standard redesign. That doesn't leave much in the marketplace other than BMW and Tesla. The Model 3 can't come soon enough.

GM can at least blame it on the “old GM”.

What is VW’s excuse?

Since the ‘software device’ was deliberate, and Martin Winterkorn has already apologized for it, it will be interesting to see how much prosecution really takes place. Hundreds of people have to be involved, with the CEO already admitting knowledge of it.

Or will it be like the big money center banks who are fined 3%, and criminal charges have perpetually ‘delayed’ enforcement, for laundering $Billions in drug money, such that it remains just a cost of doing business.

At least, the stock has dropped today. So that’s some justice at least.

Which standard wins in the U.S. Remains to be seen , but for the foreseeable future if you are in the DC area east coast , SAE is non-existent and a waste of money on any car that offers it. Chademo is the only available dcfc for 500 miles with a few exceptions.

I’ll take a chademo car until I can buy a model 3 thank you!

Well, it is good that VW/Audi finally have some electrics hitting the market . . . they are gonna need them. From a diesel-gate article:

“Diesel versions of the Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat comprise more than a quarter of the brand’s sales in the U.S. and are a vital part of the company’s strategy for meeting tougher U.S. fuel-economy standards going into effect in coming years. More than other carmakers, VW has chosen to focus on diesel technology instead of electrics or hybrids.”