In addition to its hybrid technologies, the 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® is full of impressive, driver-centric technology features. Available MMI® Navigation plus and MMI® touch, a unique suite of available Audi connect PRIME and connect PLUS features and the available Audi virtual cockpit enhance the drive of the A3 Sportback e-tron®.
A pleasing blend of hybrid and hatchback, the A3 e-tron gives you Audi cachet and power, plus an EPA-rated 83–86 MPGe. In fairness, in our test, we saw just 40 MPGe, but by most every performance measure the A3 e-tron still beats the BMW i3, the Chevrolet Volt, and the Ford C-Max Energi.
As a diesel-powered plug-in-hybrid SUV, the Audi Q7 e-tron occupies a niche within a niche within a niche. It could be seen as evidence that Audi’s product planners are determined to find the least-populated space in the great automotive Venn diagram.
What it is: The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car that's designed for both performance and efficiency. It features an electric drivetrain that provides up to 15 miles of all-electric range as well as a turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine that works with the electric motor to accelerate the i8 from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, according to BMW.