Refreshed 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Arrives With More Tech, Panoramic Roof Standard

AUG 31 2016 BY MARK KANE 28

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Refreshed 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Audi has refreshed its plug-in hybrid A3 Sportback e-tron in U.S. for the 2017 model year.

The e-tron is an important version of the A3, as some 13% of all A3 sold were of the plug-in variety.

Audi notes that there is now more standard equipment (including our fav – the panoramic roof) to be found in the car but at the same time, comes with a higher base price (up by $1,000) to $38,900 and another  small $25 bump is found in higher destination charges ($950).

We should note that this may not be in response specifically to the e-tron, as much pricing across the lineup is also seeing a model year bump.

The final price starts at $39,850, but is eligible for a $4,168 tax credit.  So the effective price is $35,682.

No powertrain or battery/range changes are detected in the announcement – still registering at about 17 miles (27 km) of EPA range.

The new features that now come as standard in 2017:

  • panoramic sunroof
  • rearview camera
  • LED daytime running lights with available e-tron signature LED headlights (Premium Plus and Prestige only)
  • standard driver assistance systems such as Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front.

Technology:

“Expanded technology offerings include the available Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto integration for compatible devices, Audi connect PRIME and PLUS services (6-month trial subscription) and MMI® Navigation plus with MMI touch, further raising the bar as to drivers can expect from electric vehicles.

Specially designed for e-tron, the Audi virtual cockpit includes unique displays such as a power meter screen which shows the range and consumption figures for both the electricity and gasoline, placed in the driver’s line of vision.”

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Full Audi press spec sheet:

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron delivers even more technology for a premium driving experience

  • Updated e-tron model for 2017 continues to provide efficiency without sacrificing performance, offering an all-electric driving option when it’s wanted, and the freedom to drive further when it’s needed
  • Product enhancements include improved technology offerings such as the available Audi virtual cockpit and standard driver assistance systems including Audi pre sense® front
  • Unique body styling and available e-tron Sport package further differentiate the plug-in hybrid from the rest of the A3 model line

 

Audi of America’s refreshed A3 Sportback e-tron is poised to continue to bring new owners to the electric plug-in hybrid family. The compact vehicle in the A3 model-line combines performance with impressive efficiency, and now offers even more technology, for a premium driving experience that is truly Audi.

The A3 Sportback e-tron continues to be a success for Audi, with nearly 13 percent of all A3 sales being comprised of e-tron sales. As the brand’s first step towards providing an electrified future in the U.S., the e-tron offers a versatile choice for the full array of daily commuting challenges, some of which can be handled on battery power alone.

2017 A3 Sportback e-tron
Combining the benefits of a hybrid with all-electric range, the A3 Sportback e-tron continues to feature a 1.4-liter TFSI® engine and a permanent magnet-driven electric motor to produce 204 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. With impressive off-the-line acceleration, the e-tron sprints from 0-60 mph in just 7.6 seconds.

As the only Audi available in a Sportback model and with more than 43.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats folded down, the A3 e-tron offers customers a premium driving experience with every day utility. New for 2017, the e-tron comes equipped with even more standard features including panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, LED daytime running lights with available e-tron signature LED headlights (Premium Plus and Prestige only) and standard driver assistance systems such as Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front.

Expanded technology offerings include the available Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto integration for compatible devices, Audi connect PRIME and PLUS services (6-month trial subscription) and MMI® Navigation plus with MMI touch, further raising the bar as to drivers can expect from electric vehicles. Specially designed for e-tron, the Audi virtual cockpit includes unique displays such as a power meter screen which shows the range and consumption figures for both the electricity and gasoline, placed in the driver’s line of vision.

Also exclusive to the A3 Sportback e-tron is the available Sport package which adds a 3-spoke, flat-bottom, multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, 18” 15-spoke Turbine-design wheels with all-season tires, front sport seats, and an S line roof spoiler, further differentiating the e-tron from the rest of the A3 model line.

Four unique drive modes within the Audi drive select system continue to allow e-tron drivers to dictate how to use the vehicle’s electric range to best suit their needs. From hybrid mode, which automatically chooses the most efficient power source based on speed and performance demand, to Sport mode, which uses all available power from both the combustion engine and the electric motor to deliver all-out performance, the e-tron is a versatile choice for a variety of daily driving needs.

The e-tron will be priced from $38,900 at the Premium trim level to $47,550 at the Prestige trim. In California, the vehicle’s largest market, purchasing customers who are residents of the state may also qualify for additional state and federal incentives and tax credits.

Tax credits and incentives are subject to eligibility requirements and availability, and customers should consult their tax professionals and IRS.gov for more information about tax credits and incentives.

Pricing Detail:

MODELPREMIUMPREMIUM PLUSPRESTIGE
A3 Sportback e-tron$38,900$42,000$47,550

Prices above exclude destination charge ($950), taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Federal tax credits are only available to qualifying taxpayers that purchase a new Audi A3 e-tron vehicle, and are not available to lease customers. Qualifications for state incentives will vary. All tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Please consult a tax professional for advices. This content does not constitute tax advice.

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28 Comments on "Refreshed 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Arrives With More Tech, Panoramic Roof Standard"

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Nice try Audi.. Let me know when you add more EV range to the car.

BINGO!

We were seriously considering an A3 eTron for my wife. But the sub-20 mile EV range killed it.

We ended up putting a second Volt in the garage.

Good decision John.

Volt-2 with 53 mile range or even used Volt-1 with 38 mile range is much better than this Audi e-tron (baby of Dirty VW) which has just 17 mile range. In the name of luxury, they are milking the money from customers.

The first 53 miles of Volt will be far superior than eTron.

I am considering the etron for the wife. Not everyone needs 50 miles of range. We also considered the Model X but living in the city, we don’t need that much performance. Plus, I usually bike to work, while the wife will drive it around town to shop. 90% of our trips are under 10 miles one way and while we considered the Volt, driving an Audi is a bit different experience.

+1

It is a nice try indeed. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer environment to spend your driving time in this class. I am on my 1st tank of gas and I’m at the 640 mile mark, averaging 19 miles per electric charge. With a 16 mile drive to work, this car has the perfect electric only range and can still go 450 miles on it’s gas tank. Try driving one if you haven’t already.

Plenty of unsold 2016’s still on dealer lots. Poorly configured and advertised lease offers. 39 month 7,500 miles per year?
Good luck Audi

I can’t believe how many loyalists, on TDI Club are planning to swap for A3 e-Trons. It’s instinctive, and I simply don’t get it.

Srsly? “Thank you sir may I have another!”

SMH.

Don’t you love these 17-miles-A3 suck up public EV charging facilities?

Hmmm. That’s a likely conspiracy, that will backfire.
This car clearly won’t compete with the Tesla Model 3.

As long as they move it when it completes charging I don’t mind. That being said, I wish they would start selling more vehicles with 6.6 kW charging, as it would in theory allow a faster turnover at public charging stations. Not even the new Volt offers 6.6 kW charging.

Yeah.. I’ve already encountered a few situations with my 2017 Volt where I could have completed the journey on EV power if it could to 6.6Kw charging. I was already going to be at the charging station for a couple of hours. However, I ended up doing 25 miles or so on gas because 2 hours was just not enough for a full recharge. I wasn’t willing to wait around another 2 hours for it to finish.

On the flip side.. if it had faster charging I’d probably wind up having to endure engine maintenance mode instead.

Who in their right mind uses public charging if you’re driving a PHEV, especially with gas at current costs? It either takes too long to get any usable charge or costs too much. Around LA I hardly ever seen anything except the occasional Leaf, Fiat or Focus using public stations.

13% of A3’s sold are the plug-in variety?!?! Wow, I guess some people really can live with the shorter range.

They probalby don’t know or don’t care that this thing has a plug.

I have the e-tron and I’ve been pretty happy with it. Coming from a Ford Focus electric, I admit that I miss the all electric range. The e-tron has a 8.8kWh battery (6 of which are usable), so if I’m able to do 250wh/mile, I can easily get 22-26 miles on a charge. That’s more than enough to get me to work, charge, then get back home on electric only. When the battery runs out, it gets 50mpg which is better than most PHEV

If it has 6 Kwh of usable power, that should easily translate to over 20 miles of range. I mean, surely it can get 3.4 miles per Kwh. I wonder why it can only do 17 miles?

I tend to be lenient on cars that can go at least 20 miles on a charge, even though more is better. But I just can’t seriously get behind the sub-20 mile cars.

17 miles is the EPA rated EV range. I easily get 20-21 EV miles during the warmer months with my e-tron. I also regularly get around 50 mpg in Hybrid-Auto mode. Way better mileage than the 2006 A3 Sportback it replaced.

I’m not at all impressed with the e-tron (and I was prepared to like it!). But I was and am interested in an EV, with other characteristics lower on my list. As an EV, as we all know the A3 e-tron just can’t compete. On the other hand, if those are people who were shopping for an Audi nameplate as their first requirement then moving 13% of them to a plugin is great, even if it’s a lame plugin.

I have a 16 mile drive to work. I plug in at home and work. Although my car has been on gas empty for 3 days , I’ve put 98 miles on my car using the ev mode only. Alot of people live within 20 miles of their office and could have similar results. Right now my car is averaging 63mpg since I bought it. Regardless of your thoughts on the EV range, one can’t disregard the Audi driving experience. The Etron is a great car that happens to be a hybrid.

The design is already 3 years out of date… needs an entire refresh with bigger batteries and 4WD.

^^^ This!

Yes. But this will do until my lease expires and the quattro e-tron comes out in 2018/2019.

We considered the e-tron as a TDI replacement and even test drove one. I was waiting for the 2017 model however since it has the Virtual Dash. But after looking at the spec sheet, you have to get the Prestige model to get it and it doesn’t seem to be a stand alone option for the lower trims. So we bought a CPO Model S for less than the e-tron. No tax break, but we’re happy with our decision.

I realize this is an electric vehicle site, but people don’t realize there are many different motivations for choosing a car. If all you want to do is save money on fuel, buy a used Prius. If you want to drive electric, buy a Leaf or Bolt (or Tesla). If you want electric but need the range, buy a Volt. And then there are the people who want to drive a nice car, and enjoy getting good mileage without compromise. That’s where the A3 e-tron (or other premium badges) come in. I can drive a nice car, and the plug in capability allows me to fill up about every 4-6 weeks, giving me an tank average of 60-80 mpg (or much more). Driving the e-tron gives me a quality driving experience without having to compromise driving range or fun. I can recharge to 100% in about 5 minutes at over 100,000 locations around the country, meaning I can drive wherever I want. Even the Tesla (best case out there) takes around 30 minutes to charge to 80%, assuming my route includes a supercharger. The Volt (and indeed any PHEV) is similar to the e-tron, but for a price very close… Read more »
Hello, I’m a previous VW- Diesel owner and enjoyed the gas mileage . I decided to test drive the e-tron and discover that I can travel over 60 mpg in hybrid mode . The car can regenerate the battery while traveling on the highway. You have to stop and charge the chevy volt to come close . The chevy volt is rated for 42 mpg on the gasoline but you always have to stop and recharge the battery and the volt is good for only 53 mile on EV. The e-Tron is optional for plug in. You can set the car in re-charge mode while driving and still get very good mpg. I test drove the car with a empty charge over 12 miles and almost charged the battery to half charge on the highway traveling over 50 mph. Also, the e-Tron is rated for 83 mpg in hybrid mode which is ice-cream for me. The car is built for best hybrid mode . I don’t care about EV mode based on the 16 miles estimate rate . It’s simple… just keep it in the hybrid mode to maximize your mpg. Simple …! You always have options with the e-tron’… Read more »