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The Top Gear car review: Audi A3 E-Tron

Overall verdict
Not the perfect solution to all your motoring needs, but a great first effort at a useable everyday hybrid.


Future-proof tech available on a familiar, high quality and able Audi compact


It isn’t quite the star in practice its headlines claim


What is it?

Audi’s first road-going plug-in hybrid, and a shot across the bows of every family hatch in existence. Audi is adamant the fully-electric car tech isn’t at the races yet (take that, Nissan Leaf), and pure internal combustion is not long for this world (look out, everyone else). 

Plug-in hybrids with electric city range and out-of-town engine performance are supposedly the ideal marriage of car tech right now, and Audi’s crammed it into the accomplished five-door A3. Its e-tron tech (which is also available on the Q7) will filter into the A4 and A6 over the next couple of years, so this is a real glimpse of things to come from Audi.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
50 S3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic
4.7s 158g/km 40.9 300 £36,435
The cheapest
30 TFSI 116 SE Technik 5dr
9.9s 111g/km 56.5 116 £22,500
The greenest
40 TFSI e 5dr S Tronic
7.6s 45g/km 204 £32,745