The A3 Sportback has returned

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The A3 Sportback plug-in hybrid returns this year and will be badged as the A3 Sportback 40 e-tron.

The car is similar to the previous model, but with a few specification changes and a big price reduction. It’s new on the road price (OTR) of £32,800 is significantly less than the model’s previous OTR of £36,465.


To align as closely to the current A3 Sportback trim line-up, the e-tron will now include the following equipment compared with the previous iteration:

  • Twin leather (previously Rallye cloth)
  • Storage pack (previously without)
  • 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, matching Sport trim

These specification changes mean that the revised A3 Sportback e-tron includes the following items of standard specification in addition to that found on the A3 Sportback Sport trim:

  • Technology Package including Virtual Cockpit
  • Flat-bottomed 3-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel with gear-shift paddles
  • Advanced Key
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • High beam assist
  • Pre-sense front with pedestrian recognition
  • Active lane assist
  • e-tron exterior badging and interior elements including e-tron logo on the door sill trims

Technical data

  • As before, this model combines a 1.4 TFSI petrol engine producing 110 kW and a high-torque electric motor with a maximum power output of 75 kW
  • Together, it creates a total system output of 204 PS / 150 kW, and 350 Nm of torque
  • In all-electric mode, the revised hybrid A3 Sportback has a range of 22 miles (WLTP measured)
  • NEDC derived CO2 is 45 g/km

Benefit-in-kind (BIK) advantages

The table shows the P11D and BIK advantages when choosing the A3 Sportback 40 e-tron over its non-hybrid petrol combustion engine sibling:

4 year
A3 Sportback
40 e-tron S tronic
A3 Sportback
35 TFSI Sport S tronic
First Year VED£0£170
​Taxation​A3 Sportback
40 e-tron S tronic
​A3 Sportback
35 TFSI Sport S tronic
​C02 (NEDC derived)​45 g/km​118 g/km
​P11D Value​£32,745​£27,355
​£40,000 Tax​£0​£0
​VED -4 years​£405​£605
​BIK rate - (2019-20)​16%​27%
​BIK cost - 1 year (40%)​£2,096​£2,954
​BIK cost - 4 years​£8,383​£11,817
​Total Tax​£8,788​£12,422

Driver modes

The A3 Sportback e-tron boasts four different operating modes, which the driver can actively control – depending on certain factors such as the battery charge state and the speed. This is done with the EV button on the centre console or via the MMI system.

  • Electric driving (EV) mode: EV mode gives priority to the electric motor. In this mode, the vehicle is almost always started electrically, except in very low temperatures, extreme heat or when the battery charge is very low. In EV mode the vehicle has a speed of up to 130 km/h. As soon as the driver presses the pedal beyond a certain resistance – say when overtaking – the TFSI kicks in (boost)
  • Consume battery charge (hybrid auto) mode: If this option is selected, TFSI and electric motor automatically work together (hybrid driving). The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron specifically uses its electric power to reduce fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions – ideal for longer journeys
  • Retain battery charge (hybrid hold) mode: If the driver wishes to save the electric power stored in the battery for later use in all-electric mode (EV), they can switch the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron to this special hybrid mode
  • Increase battery charge (hybrid charge) mode: The high-voltage battery is recharged by the combustion engine. This causes an increase in fuel consumption, which in turn reduces efficiency


SLI open for ordering: mid-late November
Quotable for leasing companies and in Connect Online: mid-late November

First deliveries: Expected January 2020

For more information, please contact our Corporate Sales Manager Carl van Petegem on 07837 204097 or:

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