Audi Q3 Sportback TFSI e
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Audi’s first-ever compact plug-in hybrid SUV offers style combined with impressive efficiency
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Need to know
The Q3 Sportback TFSI e, along with its regular Q3 sibling, is the first time a compact SUV has been sold with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
With a claimed range of up to 29 miles, there’s plenty of scope to help lower your running costs with the Q3 TFSI e.
A wide selection of driving modes enables plenty of flexibility when it comes to choosing how to use the hybrid powertrain of the Q3 TFSI e, such as switching it purely into an ‘electric only’ setting for when driving around a town or city.
Q3 Sportback TFSI e range
19" '5-twin-spoke dynamic' design alloys
LED headlights and LED rear lights
Front Sport seats with ‘S’ embossed logo
Twin leather upholstery
Audi’s Q3 Sportback is already a stand-out compact SUV, and the addition of this plug-in hybrid only adds to the attractiveness of the package. The potential to run for almost 30 miles on electricity at a time could be ideal for those doing lots of shorter trips to and from work, and brings potential savings if you’re clever about where you charge. Combined with the strong performance, glamorous Sportback styling and high-quality interior, this is a hybrid SUV that really delivers.
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Audi has plenty of experience when it comes to engineering and producing plug-in hybrids, and the addition of this powertrain to the Q3 Sportback is most certainly welcome. Ideal for those doing shorter commutes and looking for that ‘EV’ driving experience, but with greater flexibility on longer trips, this SUV will appeal.
Despite the coupe-like roof profile of the Q3 Sportback TFSI e, it’s still impressively practical, offering lots of versatility and space for a family, though it is marginally down on space compared to the conventional Q3 Sportback.
Audi’s ‘Sportback’ variants are now available across plenty of its SUV range, and what they do is bring additional style to the line-up. With the Q3 Sportback, you get a fantastic rakish roofline that gives the Q3 more of a coupe-like profile, and really helps to enhance its appeal. The majority of its rivals are also not offered in a coupe-like variant, helping to make it stand out further.
The Q3 Sportback TFSI e is also only supplied in Audi’s sportier and more eye-catching trim levels, with the more entry-level models not available on the plug-in hybrid, and instead, there’s the option of the popular S line and stealthier Black Edition.
If you like your technology, there’s plenty on offer with the Q3 Sportback. All versions come with Audi’s superb Virtual Cockpit – a 10.25-inch configurable digital instrument that is fantastic to use. Similarly, Audi’s 10.1-inch touchscreen looks the part and is fantastic to use too. Audi Connect is included as well, bringing services such as Google Earth mapping, live traffic information updates and online news updates.
The intelligence of the hybrid system is also a real tech highlight, particularly its ability to use route navigation data and traffic sign recognition to enable the engine to be turned off when not needed, allowing the car to coast and subsequently maximise efficiency. The myAudi smartphone app is also fantastic when it comes to enhancing the car’s capability. You can pre-heat or cool the cabin before the journey begins, while also enabling you to monitor and even stop charging remotely without having to be near the car.
Engines & Performance
The Q3 Sportback TFSI e is offered with just a single powertrain option. Called the 45 TFSI e, it combines a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 148bhp with an 85kW electric motor for a combined 242bhp and 400Nm of torque.
It also uses a 13kWh battery, while drive is delivered to the front wheels via a seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox.
With 242bhp on offer when both power sources are combined, it’s on par with the most powerful Audi Q3 Sportback in the line-up, with the exception of the RS Q3. It’s able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds* and tops out at 130mph*, where permitted.
Once that 13kWh battery is charged, it can travel for up to 29 miles on electricity, and at speeds of up to 87mph. It allows for some impressive efficiency figures for a compact SUV of this size – Audi claiming a fuel economy figure of 156.9mpg* and CO2 emissions of 41g/km*. Using a domestic AC wallbox, the battery can also be charged from empty to full in three hours and 45 minutes.
All vehicles are tested according to WLTP technical procedures. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and equivalent electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles, vehicle load (and, for battery electric vehicles, the starting charge of the battery).