Test drive: New Audi A3 hybrid comes with a plug but lacks spark

The A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e plug-in hybrid might look advanced on the face of it, but while the badging is new, the underlying technology is already dated

The Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e is a great-looking car but is not as new as it appears

The Audi A3 Sportback 40 TFSI e is an upmarket C-segment hatchback built on plug-in hybrid running gear. It teams a 1.4-litre petrol engine to an 80kW electric motor for combined outputs of 204hp and 350Nm, making it the second most powerful model in the current A3 line-up after the S3 performance flagship.

Yet, like any plug-in hybrid, it promises to offer the lowest running costs of the current A3 offering, thanks to sub-50g/km emissions, ...