The first compact sedan to benefit from the plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2014, the Audi A3 takes advantage of the change of generation to return in a revised version. The denomination E-Tron has given way to the vowel "e" for electrified. On paper, the technical characteristics and performance are very similar between the two generations: the cumulative power comes out at 204 hp and 100 km / h are reached in 7.6 seconds. Going into detail, we see that the system has been optimized. The power of the electric machine has increased slightly to 107 hp (80 kW) instead of 102 hp while the lithium-ion battery remains the same, still showing a capacity of 13 kWh. The progress results from the use of a new chemistry for the cells of the batteries.
The result: the new A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e would be capable according to the homologation standard of driving up to 67 km in electric. The old version could not exceed 50 km according to the old NEDC standard, which is 28 km less than the new model with the same protocol. This is how the latter claims an official standardized consumption of 1.4 liters per 100 km, which is equivalent to CO emissions2 of only 30 g / km. That's five grams saved over the older E-Tron model.
The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI is no exception to the loss of a few precious liters of cargo. According to the manufacturer's file, the trunk would still be reduced by nearly 100 liters of volume.