Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Plug-in hybrids tend to work out more expensive to buy than their conventionally powered variants, and the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is no exception. Our favourite A3 1.4 TFSI 125 SE is much cheaper. That said, the e-tron does qualify for a Government grant of £2500, and it has more standard equipment.
It’s also competitive against the competition. The BMW i3 with Range Extender is cheaper but won’t match the overall range of the e-tron, while the VW Golf GTE is slightly more expensive for the equivalent specification.