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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and BMW 330e

Audi A3 Sports back E-Tron:

Similar to the Audi A3 sedan and the cabriolet, the A3 sportsback e-tron has a host of changes both on the inside and outside.


As before, the 2017 A3 e-tron carries forward the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine as well as an electric motor to thrust 204 horsepower and boasts 258 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. This helps the A3 e-tron go from 0-60 mph in a respectable 6.4 seconds. Sadly, this vehicle has a less-impressive EV range of just 16 miles as well as EPA combined rating of 83 MPGe.


Inside & Outside:

Without a renewed look, this vehicle wouldn’t be what it is. The exterior revisions include revised front and rear fascias including head and tail lights that evolve the hatchback’s attractive looks. A $1350 Sport package adds 18-inch, 15-spoke wheels and a roof spoiler, as well as sport seats and a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters. The A3 is available in Premium Plus and prestige trims that are priced between $ 42,950 and $ 48,500/.


2016 BMW 330e:

Trimming C02 footprints is a great thing and the Toyota Prius is the first thing that comes to mind. The 2016 BMW 330e sedan takes lessons from BMW’s i3 and i8 models along with plug-in hybrid versions of the standard cars. This continues to resolve the classic rub between low consumption and high performance.



The power train components are a 180-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four in the usual under hood location, teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an 87-hp electric motor/generator. The AC power provider replaces the torque converter inside the ZF 8HP gearbox. Computer-controlled servos and clutches provide manual and automatic command over gear ratios and three different propulsion modes. A 7.6-kWh air-cooled lithium-ion battery lives unobtrusively under the trunk floor, while the 10.8-gallon gas tank rests beneath the rear seat. There is a eDrive button that helps you experience combustion-free driving, with a Max eDrive mode on the console, you’re sure to have a great time.

After an initial driveline shudder, there’s quite less a whisper as the car motor towards the future. With a gentle accelerator pressure, the iPerformance will motor up to a top speed of 75 mph for a maximum of 14 miles according to BMW. There’s the turtle mode that when pressed deeper on the accelerator pedal executes a safe pass and this automatically fires up the turbo four-cylinder. The second mode is called an Auto eDrive that happens to be a default setting. The only difference from the Max setting is that the baton passes from electric propulsion to engine power at 50 mph. The 3rd choice available through eDrive button is a Save Battery mode that ensures that the car does not squander stored electrical energy before it’s needed. The AC machine operates as a generator powered by the engine to replenish the battery to the 50% level that assures a few miles of zero-emissions driving. There are static charging options available as well and it has a standard 120-volt plug will replenish a fully depleted battery overnight approximately 7 to 8 hours. BMW sells a 240-volt i Wallbox for $1080 plus installation, which drops the charge time to two-and-a-half hours.


Inside & outside:

The most remarkable aspect of the 330e is hoe unexceptional it seems, especially alongside the brand’s daring “i-badged machines”. The vehicles could be mistaken for a run-of-the-mill 320d diesel. The only green status on this car is the subtle eDrive badges on the C-Pillars and an extra filler flap in the front wing for charging.  On the inside, the vehicle is virtually indistinguishable from standard models. The eDrive button is placed behind the gear level, while ahead of the driver there’s a small power gauge just below the rev counter. The BMW’s starter button and the dash displays springs into life, but there’s no sound from under the bonnet.


Bottom Line:

With the need for more electric hybrids in the markets, luxury car manufacturers are getting their hands completely green thereby sending the green message. The competition is on a constant rise even in the luxury hybrid car segment and the performance is quite stunning as well.

First off, the Audi A3 Sportsback e-tron is an exceptional car, secondly the BMW 330e also happens to be a great car. The drawback with these cars is that there is no distinguishing feature in either of these cars. However, when it comes to performance, both the vehicles do not fail and the power unleashed is massive.

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