Hybrid A3 Earns Five-Star Euro NCAP Rating
Audi plug-in hybrid among safest cars in class
The new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron has been awarded the maximum five-star rating for crash safety by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). This puts the first production plug-in hybrid from Audi among the safest cars in its class.
This is great news for the first hybrid variant to the A3 range, which greatly impressed the test panel. The e-tron also received the special ‘Euro NCAP Advanced’ prize for its Audi pre-sense basic passenger protection system, which tracks a car’s manoeuvring to enhance safety, and for its Audi secondary collision brake assist system, fitted as standard. This function initiates braking automatically in the event of an accident, to reduce the risk of skidding and the danger of a subsequent collision.
Priced from £34,950 the spacious five-door compact hatchback combines a conventional 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor, to deliver impressive performance, exceptional efficiency and complete freedom from range limitation. The A3 Sportback e-tron is capable of up to 176.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 37g/km. With the combination of electric motor and combustion engine, an overall operating range of up to 584 miles is possible.
Equally importantly, the Audi A3 e-tron can run exclusively on electric power for up to 31 miles at speeds of up to 81mph, or can be powered by petrol combustion alone. Using a domestic socket, the battery takes up to four hours to charge. When a wall box is connected, or a public charge point used, this reduces to two hours and fifteen minutes.
Standard specification includes exclusive e-tron exterior styling, LED headlights and daytime running lights, special ‘turbine design’ 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, light and rain sensors, MMI navigation plus, with hard drive-based mapping and Audi connect online services for in-car internet access.