2021 Audi A3 40 TFSIe verdict and specs

The Audi A3 40 TFSIe marks the second generation of the brand’s plug-in hybrid family car. Can it charge to the top of the class?...

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If you’re in the market for a relatively compact plug-in hybrid with a premium badge on its nose, we’d wholeheartedly recommend taking a closer look at the Audi A3 40 TFSIe. Yes, a Mercedes A250e has a slightly cheaper purchase price, a marginally better electric-only range and a fraction more boot space, but it’s not as refined, doesn’t handle as well and at times its ride is more fractious.

There are a couple of caveats, however. The first goes back to the point we made in the second paragraph of this review: go for S line trim on 18in wheels and your BIK rate is a reasonable 10%; select 17s and this tumbles to just 6% because of the additional electric range, matching the A250e and the Skoda Octavia iV.

This brings us very nicely on to our second caveat; that Octavia. You can save a few thousand on the purchase price by opting for the Skoda with similar kit or, for the same cost, just get an exceedingly well-equipped version. Then there’s the not so small matter of size. Where the A3 has reasonable space for people and a pretty pokey boot, the Octavia has spacious rear quarters and a boot bigger than a regular A3, let alone the plug-in. With that in mind, it’s still our favourite plug-in hybrid.

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Specification: Audi A3 40 TFSIe S Line

Price £34,960 Engine 4cyl, 1395cc, turbo, petrol with electric motor Power 201bhp (combined) Torque 258lb ft (combined) Gearbox 6-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 7.6sec  Top speed 141mph Economy 235.4mpg CO2/tax band 29g/km/10%

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

Mercedes A250e

Skoda Octavia iV

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