2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Review

Key Features

  • Starting at $39,500 MSRP
  • 1.4 liter TFSI® PHEV Plug-In Hybrid Electric Engine
  • 83 MPGe Combined EPA Fuel Economy Rating*
  • 16-mile electric-only battery range*
  • Standard power panoramic sunroof
  • Standard 12-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen® Sound System with 14 speakers and 705 watts
  • Available Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto

About the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Experience the convenience of a gasoline drivetrain paired with the operation of an electric vehicle behind the wheel of the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. Replenish the charge in your battery in just 2 hours and 15 minutes using the included 240-volt source which can be paired with an available wall-mounted cabinet. The A3 A3 Sportback e-tron charging port is cleverly hidden behind the the sliding Four-Ring Design® logo within the front grille.

Customize your power usage with three individual drive modes which include EV, Hybrid, and Hold Battery modes. In total, the A3 Sportback e-tron delivers a total system output rated at 204 horsepower with smooth, responsive electric power which improves acceleration. With the assist from the electrical power, the A3 Sportback e-tron can rocket from 0-60 in an impressive 7.3 seconds. Available advanced technology features found inside the A3 Sportback e-tron include the Audi connect® system, MMI® 7-inch display interface, and Audi virtual cockpit.

What the Critics Say

"The regular A3 sedan is very likable car thanks to its upscale interior, some excellent technology features and an engaging driving experience. But there's only one way to get a hatchback Audi A3 in the United States, and that's to opt for the plug-in hybrid e-tron. This version of the A3 gets you more cargo space, higher fuel economy and 16 miles of all-electric driving." - Edmunds

"A refresh wouldn't be complete without exterior revisions, though, and the e-tron sports revised front and rear fascias, including head- and taillights, that evolve the hatchback's attractive looks." - Car and Driver

A3 Sportback e-tron Video

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron features an all-new 18-inch alloy wheel design available with the optional Sport package. Included in this package is a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, front sport seats, and S line® roof spoiler.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Features

2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Plug-In Hybrid Charging

Plug-In Hybrid Technology

Top off your battery charge at home in just 2 hours and 15 minutes when you use a 240-volt power source. A standard 120-volt outlet takes about eight hours, perfect for overnight charging. The A3 Sportback e-tron gives drivers three choices of individual drive modes for maximum efficiency. Battery Hold mode provides hybrid driving while helping to preserve EV range for later use. When driving in Hybrid mode, the vehicle will proactively select the most effective power source -- the electric motor, the gasoline engine, or a blend of both. Ideal for smooth responsive power on short commutes, EV mode gives you the ability to drive solely on battery power. Charging the A3 Sportback e-tron is effortless thanks to a cleverly hidden behind the Four Ring Design Audi logo in the Singleframe® grille, giving you easy access no matter which side of the vehicle the charger is located.

Advanced Safety

Audi pre sense® basic can intervene by helping secure the vehicle's windows and safety belts during an unusual or emergency maneuver while Audi pre sense® front helps prepare for an imminent front end collision. Both features are found on every 2018 A3 Sportback e-tron. Standard on the Prestige trim of the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi active lane assist. This feature monitors lane markings and can provide gentle steering wheel warning vibrations if it is determined that the vehicle is approaching the edge of the lane without signaling. The optional Audi adaptive cruise control system with stop & go can maintain a fixed following distance while helping to stop or accelerate according to traffic conditions. Also available on the 2018 A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi side assist with Rear cross traffic alert. This sophisticated system incorporates optical warning and radar sensors to alert you of potential danger. It can also help you maneuver out of a tight parking space, keeping you safe from the unexpected.

2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Safety
2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Apple CarPlay MMI Display Screen

Innovative Technology

Access your compatible smartphone's features, such as navigation, telephone, music and select third-party apps, and can be controlled through the MMI® interface or steering wheel controls with available Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto™. Complementing the clean dash layout, a 7-inch retractable MMI® center display features infotainment and provides access to available driver assistance features. Designed with driver focus in mind, the optional Audi virtual cockpit boasts a 12.3-inch fully digital driver-focused information cluster that projects navigation, radio, and other media in remarkable clarity. Drivers can control a range of vehicle systems with handwriting gestures thanks to the available MMI® touch system. Additional tech features found in the Audi connect® system are Google Earth™ with 3D satellite imagery and even a Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE connectivity for up to eight passenger devices.

Trims & Specs


2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium
  • Starting at $39,500 MSRP
  • Xenon plus headlights with e-tron® specific LED daytime running light signature
  • Standard Panoramic sunroof
  • 1.4 liter TFSI® PHEV Plug-In Hybrid Electric Engine
  • Standard 12-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar adjustment
  • Audi advanced key -- keyless start, stop and entry

Premium Plus

2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Premium Plus
  • Starting at $42,600 MSRP
  • Parking system plus with rear view camera (front and rear acoustic sensors)
  • Full LED headlights and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals
  • 3D Optic inlays
  • Audi concert radio with 10 speakers, single CD player with MP3 playback capability
  • Audi pre sense® basic and pre sense® front

*EPA estimate. See www.fueleconomy.gov for updated information. Actual mileage will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner's manual for details.