2020 Audi A3 40 TFSI e PHEV: pricing, specifications and electric range

The Audi A3 hatchback is now available with plug-in hybrid power, offering up to 282mpg and just over 40 miles of electric-only range

James Allen
Oct 30, 2020

There are a growing number of plug-in hybrid family hatchbacks on the market in the 2020s, and these have now been joined by another model: the Audi A3 40 TFSI e.

In new petrol-electric plug-in guise, the Audi A3 has a turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet that’s paired to an electric motor. While the 204hp and 350Nm of torque these produce is quite a lot for a car of this size, the A3 TFSI e’s on-paper economy of up to 282mpg is the big draw here.

There is a catch to this, though. To get anywhere near that figure, you'll need to stick to shorter journeys and charge the car regularly to ensure you're making the most of the 41 miles of electric range available on a full charge. Fail to do this and you’ll spend more time driving using mainly the petrol engine, and burn through far more fuel as a result.

The petrol-electric 'powertrain' isn’t the only area the plug-in Audi A3 differs from the standard car, though. Whereas the conventionally-powered A3 is available in five different trim levels, buyers of the TFSI e version will have just the Sport and S-Line specs to choose from.

As the big battery pack eats into the boot space, the A3 hybrid’s luggage volume of 280 litres is also a lot less than what you’ll find in the regular car. While still a useful size, this is the same as what you get from a smaller supermini like a VW Polo, rather than a typical car of this size.

Prices for the Audi A3 40 TFSI e start at £33,060, and the car is available to order now.

Quick facts

  • Claimed economy of up to 282mpg
  • Up to 41 miles of electric-only range
  • 204hp and 350Nm of torque
  • Comes with automatic gearbox
  • Priced from £33,060
  • On sale now

2020 Audi A3 40 TFSI e performance and fuel economy

Under the bonnet of the plug-in hybrid Audi A3 is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor combination, which power the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. According to Audi, when the petrol engine and electric motor are working in unison, they’re able to produce up to 204hp and 350Nm of torque - which is a decent amount of oomph for a family hatchback.

As is the case with many other plug-in hybrid cars, the Audi A3 TFSI e promises to be a very affordable car to run - claimed CO2 emissions are very low at 31g/km, and Audi says the plug-in A3 is capable of returning up to 282mpg.

How closely you can match that on the public road will, however, depend on factors such as how much charge is in the battery before you set off, how long your journey is and how fast you go - all of which affect how much of the trip you can complete on electric power alone. Fail to charge the car and it'll be barely any more economical than a petrol equivalent that does without the extra weight of the electric motor and battery pack.

2020 Audi A3 40 TFSI e range and charging times

The plug-in hybrid A3 hatchback uses a 13kWh battery pack, which Audi says is big enough to allow a maximum electric-only driving range of 41 miles. In theory, that should mean drivers will be able to make short trips using just the electric motor to power the car. - provided they regularly charge the batteries.

Audi also says the A3 TFSI e is capable of travelling at motorway speeds in electric-only mode - though travelling at those sorts of speeds will almost certainly drain the battery much more quickly than travelling around town at lower speeds.

Fully recharging the car’s batteries can also take a while: according to Audi, it will take around four hours to fully recharge the car using a 2.9kW public charging point or wall box unit. Higher capacity chargers will reduce that time, however.

2020 Audi A3 40 TFSI e specifications and in-car tech

Two equipment lines will be available on the Audi A3 TFSI e: an entry-level ‘Sport’ spec and a higher grade ‘S-Line’ trim. All versions come as standard with kit like a 10.1-inch touchscreen media system, built-in sat-nav with real-time traffic updates and a suite of driver assists that includes lane departure warning and emergency braking. S-Line models generally have similar features, though they do benefit from subtle additions such as the slightly sportier front seats.

Regardless of which version you choose, you’ll still need to pay extra if you want to have an Audi A3 40 TFSI e with a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats or a more powerful Bang and Olufsen sound system.

It’s also worth pointing out that, due to the packaging constraints fitting in the car’s big battery pack, the plug-in hybrid Audi A3 has a noticeably smaller boot than the conventionally-powered car. With a maximum luggage volume of 280 litres with the rear seats in place, the A3 TFSI e’s load area is 100 litres smaller than the regular A3’s and the same as a much smaller non-hybrid VW Polo.

2020 Audi A3 40 TFSI e price and release date

The plug-in hybrid Audi A3 hatchback is available to order now, with prices starting at £33,060.


Read more about:

Latest news

  1. 2021 Dacia Sandero Stepway: prices and specifications

  2. New Hyundai Bayon compact SUV: specifications, engines and dimensions

  3. 2021 Hyundai Ioniq 5: range, charging times and performance