I.D. R goes 11 seconds quicker than second-placed car in qualifying. Oof.
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The Top Gear car review:Audi A3 E-Tron
For:Future-proof tech available on a familiar, high quality and able Audi compact
Against: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.