Sharing is caring in the VW Group. That’s why you’ll find the same engines, platforms and electronics shared across multiple cars, the latest carryover being the VW Golf GTE‘s plug-in hybrid powertrain.
We’ve already seen the electrified 1.4-litre engine appear in hybrid versions of the Skoda Octavia vRS and the Leon Cupra, but now, you can have it in an Audi. With a considerably less snappy name. What you’re looking at here is the ‘A3 Sportback 45 TFSI E’. Catchy.
The powertrain hasn’t been altered - you’re still looking at 242bhp and 295lb ft of torque from the inline-four, a 13kWh battery pack and a single electric motor. It’ll do 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds, a tenth slower than the Golf but half a second brisker than the Octavia.
The WLTP economy and emissions figures are 200mpg and 34g/km of CO2 respectively. Exactly what you’ll end up with will vary wildly depending on how far beyond the 46-mile electric-only range you go. As the battery isn’t especially big, it takes only five hours to charge via a regular domestic plug socket.
You get bigger brakes than you do on the 40 TFSI e, snazzy red brake calipers, and a bunch of extra standard equipment. Audi drive select, sportier seats, tinted windows, keyless entry and two-zone climate control are all fitted at no extra cost.
No UK prices have been disclosed thus far, but we do know order books open in Germany this week with a starting price of €41,440, with the opportunity to knock €6750 off that figure using a government grant.