Audi A3 40 TFSI e drives 67 kilometers * electrically

Audi A3 40 TFSI e

Then you can drive on trusted sweet petrol with the Audi A3 40 TFSI e.

Not so long ago, the PHEV was a car type where you could put serious question marks. They were extremely heavy thanks to the batteries. Thanks to the same batteries, the luggage space also shrank. To top it all off, you could often only drive 10-15 km electrically. Great to fool the NEDC (and GroenLinks), but it was a moderate compromise.


Electric cars are getting better, but so are PHEVs. The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle in fact, offers the best of both worlds, especially as they improve significantly. Take the new Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e for example. That name is actually the biggest drawback because no one is going Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e say, in that respect, Audi A3 e-tron was much better chosen. Strangely enough, the natural gas version is still called the A3 g-tron.

  • Front
  • Audi A3 40 TFSI e
  • Front
  • Audi A3 40 TFSI e

Audi A3 40 TFSI e

Anyway, back to the A3 40 TFSI e. As you can see from the introduction, it is a plug-in hybrid. The car is equipped with a four-cylinder 1.4 TFSI engine that produces 150 hp and 250 Nm. The latter is delivered between 1,550 and 3,500 rpm. In addition to the combustion engine, there is an electric motor that produces 109 hp and 330 Nm. The electric motor receives its energy from a 13 kWh battery pack. This combination is linked to a six-speed S Tronic automatic transmission with double clutch.

Audi A3 40 TFSI e

NEDC method?

According to Audi, you can drive only 78 kilometers on a full battery. However, that is according to the NEDC method, which gives the same picture of reality as my sister’s Lexa profile. The WLTP figures are also not wrong, because with 67 kilometers you can still drive a lot ‘on the battery’. In this way, the PHEV also becomes a lot more interesting. In the interior you can see exactly how the system functions on the digital screen.

  • Audi A3 40 TFSI e
  • Audi A3 40 TFSI e
  • Interior

Expensive rear axle

The Audi A3 with plug-in drive gets the ‘expensive’ rear suspension ex-factory, a nice four-link rear axle instead of a simple torsion axle, which the cheaper versions get. In comparison with the regular A3 Sportback the luggage compartment is 100 liters smaller: instead of 380 liters, you have a maximum of 280 liters at your disposal. The car is standard on 16-inch light alloy, 17 and 18 are available.

  • Rear end
  • Audi A3 40 TFSI e
  • Backside
  • Audi A3 40 TFSI e

Availability Audi A3 40 TFSI e

Delivery of the Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e will start in the autumn of 2020. In Germany, the car will cost 37,470.92 euros. It must go very crazy if the car does not want to come to the Netherlands.


  1. jcjc says

    -edit: thank you, has now been fixed-


  2. Loek says

    You actually only measure via NEDC in 2020 if you already know that your WLTP range is below average.

    • drip tray says

      @ 720s: that is not too bad. Less than 200wh per km is common.

  3. mr27 says

    Seems like a Q3 in terms of height?

  4. drip tray says

    I think that trunk is a thing. 380 liters is not big, 280 liters is just pathetic. I also continue to find it strange that they use the now relatively old 1.4 for this and not the latest generation of petrol engines. I keep getting the feeling that VW here is coupling old stuff to an electric motor “because that electric motor makes it clean enough anyway”. Something that would be downright criminal, because they have better technology on the shelf.

  5. mashell says

    Why does this car have those ugly roof rails?

  6. grass eater says

    Oh yes, black plastic honeycomb patches on the bumper. Can’t get enough. Plastic looks so premium, and the function is obvious, because that’s …


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