2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 1.4 TFSI PHEV

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  • 4-door Compact Passenger Car
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Base MSRP: $39,500.00
  • Invoice: $36,736.00
  • Hwy MPG: N/A mpg
  • City MPG: N/A mpg

pros

Compact size; upscale feel; clean styling; available all-wheel drive; three body styles, including convertible; hybrid model; high-performance S3; even higher performance RS3

model highlights

The Audi A3 is offered as a sedan, convertible, or 5-door Sportback. Power comes from a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder with 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Audi A3 sends power to all four wheels via quattro all-wheel drive, though front-wheel-drive versions are available as well. A high-performance version of this same engine powers the Audi S3, where it makes 292 horsepower--enough to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The RS3 comes only as an all-wheel drive sedan, and is powered by a 2.5L turbocharged 5-cylinder engine that makes an almost-unbelievable 400 horsepower.

Finally, the A3 Sportback e-tron hybrid utilizes an electric motor that makes 102 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, plus a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine capable of 150 horsepower. When combined, the two powerplants make 204 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful hybrids available. The Sportback e-tron can drive on purely electric power for about 17 miles.

The Audi A3 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium trim includes leather seating with heated front seats, a panoramic glass sunroof, bi-xenon automatic headlights, power adjustable side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-way power adjustable driver's seat, rearview camera and parking sensors, "Alu-optic" interior trim, heated mirrors and washer nozzles, twin USB power/data ports, and a 10-speaker sound system with a 3-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.

A convenience package adds keyless start, stop and entry, as well as Audi's music interface and better smartphone integration. The sport package on the other hand, adds sportier front seat, a driving mode selector and a flat bottom steering wheel with shift paddles. A sport suspension is also available that reduces the ride height by 15 mm.

The Premium Plus trim adds 18-inch wheels, aluminum interior accents, Audi side assist, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and keyless entry. The Prestige package, meanwhile, includes everything in Premium Plus, as well as an S-line exterior body kit, a navigation system, Audi connect and LED headlights.

Option packages on the Premium Plus include a technology package that features Audi Connect PRIME and PLUS, a navigation system, Audi's side assist system with rear traffic alert and what Audi calls their "virtual cockpit," which is a digital display in the instrument cluster featuring a view of the road ahead as well as plenty of relevant driving information.

The RS3 is, in its way, a separate beast. Besides the tremendous engine, the RS3 comes with a unique red-stitched Nappa leather interior as well as 19" 5-arm wheels, full LED headlamps, RS-specific fascias and diffuser and magnetic ride suspension.

Safety features on all the A3 models include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system. Airbags include advanced driver and passenger front airbags, knee airbags, thorax side airbags as well as side curtain airbags. An anti-theft alarm system comes standard, while Active Lane Assist, Audi Pre-Sense automatic braking and adaptive cruise control are all optional on the A3 Prestige.

model news

The Audi A3 returns for 2018 with few changes. Heated front seats are standard, as are dual USB ports for data and charging. The A3 Premium Plus trim now features standard Audi side assist, while a Bang & Olufsen sound system is available. The S3 now includes an optional S sport package, with red brake calipers and Audi magnetic ride. An even higher-performing RS3 sedan becomes available this year.

value writeup

The Audi A3 competes against other compact premium cars such as the BMW 2-Series, the Mercedes CLA and, to a lesser extent, the MINI Cooper. In past decades, owning a small car meant dealing with little more than bare bones transportation. These days, though, owners of small cars need not be deprived of anything, and the A3 looks to continue that trend by offering a vehicle with a small footprint but with luxury-car performance and amenities. The A3 starts under $32,000.

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Manufacturer color code 0E0E
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Manufacturer color code T9T9
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Manufacturer color code B9B9
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Manufacturer color code Y1Y1
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Manufacturer color code G3G3
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Manufacturer color code 0C0C
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Manufacturer color code A2A2
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Manufacturer color code 2Y2Y
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Vehicle

Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year N/A
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score N/A
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars

Powertrain

Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Trans Type 6
Trans Description Cont. Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.50
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.77
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.85
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.86
Clutch Size N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.75
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy N/A
Cruising Range - City N/A
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City N/A
Fuel Economy Est-Combined 36 MPG
Cruising Range - Hwy N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - City N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 83
Battery Range 16 mi
Engine
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-4
Displacement 1.4 L/85
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 204 @ 5000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 258
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) N/A
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity N/A

Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Volume N/A
Front Head Room 38.7 in
Front Leg Room 41.2 in
Front Shoulder Room 54.8 in
Front Hip Room N/A
Second Head Room 37.5 in
Second Leg Room 35.4 in
Second Shoulder Room 52.9 in
Second Hip Room N/A
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase 103.5 in
Length, Overall 169.7 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 70.3 in
Height, Overall 56.1 in
Track Width, Front 60.7 in
Track Width, Rear 59.6 in
Min Ground Clearance N/A
Liftover Height N/A
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up 13.6 ft³
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down 33.7 ft³
Trunk Volume N/A

Chassis

Weight Information
Base Curb Weight 3616 lbs
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. N/A
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size P225/45HR17
Rear Tire Size P225/45HR17
Wheels
Front Wheel Size 17 X 7.5 in
Rear Wheel Size 17 X 7.5 in
Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Steering
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb 35.8 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall N/A
Brakes
Brake Type 4-Wheel Disc
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 12.3 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness 10.7 in
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx 10.6 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx N/A

Warranty Information

Basic:
4 Years/50,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
4 Years/50,000 Miles

Corrosion:
12 Years/Unlimited Miles

Hybrid/Electric Components:
8 Years/100,000 Miles

Roadside Assistance:
4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Maintenance:
1 Years/10,000 Miles

Recall Information

US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
19V474000

Mfg's Report Date:
JUN 18, 2019

Component:
AIR BAGS:SENSOR:OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION

Potential Number Of Units Affected:
138896

Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Audi S3 Sedan, 2015-2019 A3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet, 2016-2018 A3 e-tron, and 2017-2019 RS3 vehicles. An improper electrical contact may cause the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) to falsely detect a malfunction and deactivate the passenger air bag.

Consequence:
A deactivated passenger air bag increases the risk of injury during a crash.

Remedy:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the connector and reroute the cable, free of charge. The recall began September 12, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 69Z4.

Dates of Manufacture:
JUL 12, 2015 to AUG 21, 2018

Manufacturer Recall Number:
69Z4

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