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Meet the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid

Audi has given us pictures and a price for the A3 Sportback e-tron, the German manufacturer’s first plug-in hybrid. The five-door will go on sale now priced from £34,950 before the government plug-in grant of £5,000.

The A3 Sportback e-tron, which is a hybrid version of the existing A3 Sportback, has a 1.4-litre TFSI engine mated to an electric motor that output a combined 204PS (201bhp) and 350Nm of torque.

A range of 584 miles is promised when the electric motor’s 8.8kWh lithium ion battery and petrol engine are fully juiced up. Audi claims fuel economy of 176mpg, which is only put to shame by VW’s XL1 supercar, and CO2 emissions of 37g/km. No congestion charge worries here, then.

The A3 Sportback e-tron can manage 31 miles and a top speed of 80mph in electric-only mode, which is beyond the legal limit but far short of its maximum speed of 137mph. 0 to 62mph takes 7.6 seconds.

Recharging the electric battery can be done in 2.5 hours using a domestic plug socket, which means there’s no need to pay extra for a faster charger or wait for days while the car sips electricity.

An Audi A8 e-tron will follow in the footsteps of the A3 e-tron, according to Auto Express. The report claims it will be powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel and either one or two electric motors.

We’ve seen some websites claim the power output could be as much as 362bhp and 516lb/ft (699Nm) of torque. The same 3.0-litre engine will be used in other Audis, according to Audi’s Dr Ulrich Hackenberg.

Orders are open now so head to an Audi dealership if you want a slice of German hybrid motoring.

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron pictures

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