Audi of America refreshes the A3 Sportback e-tron and welcomes the latest member to the electric plug-in family. The compact A3 car offers some neat performance capabilities, blended with good efficiency and tons of technologies. So, let's see what is going on here.

The agile 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Benefitting from both electric and inner-combustion power, the sweetheart offers a total of 204hp (152kW) via a 1.4-liter TFSI power unit and 258lb-ft of torque. Long story short, A3 Sportback sprints from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.6 seconds. Not bad, not bad at all.

So, what else makes this car appealing? There are more than 43.5 cubic feet of cargo capability and tons of sweet technologies: panoramic sunroof, rearview camera, LED daytime running lights, optional e-tron signature LED headlights (available with Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels), Audi Pre-Sense Basic and Audi Pre-Sense Front as standard. Sweet.

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Interior comfort is achieved by adding Audi Virtual Cockpit, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smart phone integration, Audi connect PRIME and PLUS services with 6-month trial subscription, MMI Navigation, MMI touch. Sounds good to me. What do you think?

What about the sporty features?

2017 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

What is special for this particular one, is the exclusive 3-spoke flat-bottom multifunctional steering wheel with shift paddles, 18-inch 15-spoke Turbine-design wheels, all-season tires, front sporty seats and exclusive S-line roof spoiler. Cool.

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Source: Audi