The 2017 Audi e-tron at H.J. Pfaff Audi
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The 2017 Audi A3 e-tron at H.J. Pfaff Audi
The 2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is unique among A3s. Not only is it a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, it’s also the only A3 variant that’s a hatchback. Being a plug-in, the A3 e-tron allows you to drive short distances primarily on electric power, while longer trips are easily supported by the gasoline engine. The A3 Sportback e-tron is the default choice among A3s when fuel efficiency is of paramount concern. In this article by H.J. Pfaff Audi, we will talk about the 2017 Audi e-tron.
For the 2017 model, the A3 Sportback e-tron receives a modest styling face-lift and a new Virtual Cockpit expanded instrument cluster option. Features such as forward collision avoidance and enhanced smartphone integration are now standard.
How’s The Driving?
This plug-in hybrid accelerates away from stoplights with some spirit, courtesy of the extra bump of torque provided by its electric motor. The automated transmission shifts rapidly and unobtrusively. Despite carrying a few hundred additional pounds of hybrid hardware, the low placement of the batteries below the rear seats hasn’t drastically raised the car’s center of gravity. As such, the car feels quite stable when in motion. It’s eerily quiet when in electric-only mode, but you will be pleasantly surprised to find that the A3 e-tron’s cabin is well-hushed even when the gasoline engine fires up.
Though the 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron carries a substantially different powertrain than garden-variety A3s, they all share virtually the same cabin. That’s a good thing because the interior is well-trimmed with quality materials and intriguing details such as elegant rotary vents and a screen that retracts seamlessly when not in use. A power meter in the A3 Sportback e-tron instrument cluster takes the place of where a tachometer resides in the regular A3. There’s also an information display in the center of the gauge that shows range calculations and gasoline and electricity consumption.
As well as all the mandatory equipment, such as anti-lock brakes and traction/stability control, the A3 E-tron has front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Technik trim enjoys adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, lane departure prevention and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
What About the Performance?
The Audi A3 e-tron leaves nothing to be desired. With hybrid efficiency and flexibility, the battery, and four-cylinder engine combine to go beyond expectations and create a total output of 204 HP. Unlike other hybrids, the A3 Sportback e-tron uses a 6-speed S tronic gearbox. This dual-clutch transmission marries the convenience and efficiency of an automatic with the fun of a manual. Using the Level II cables, the battery can be fully charged from empty in just 2.5 hours. The charging port is cleverly hidden behind the iconic four rings on the grille for easy access while maintaining a flawless design.
If you are interested in purchasing a plug-in hybrid vehicle, then the 2017 Audi A3 e-tron is the vehicle for you! Schedule your test drive on our H.J. Pfaff Audi website, or by calling an Audi representative today! Click here to find our contact information and to fill out our contact form.