The Chevrolet Volt has officially been put on watch.
While the Volt doesn’t directly compete with luxury makes and there’s no pricing or availability details yet for the Audi A3 e-tron, the two cars warrant a comparison. Audi says the A3 is good for an equivalent of 188 mpg. The Volt has a combined 98 mpg-e. Audi says its car can travel up to 31 miles in all-electric mode at speeds up to 80 mph versus the Volt’s 35 to 40 miles. An aggressive regenerative braking mode or a gliding mode that will disconnect the electric motors for less friction can be selected.
But where the A3 e-tron literally and figuratively pulls away from the Volt is power–150 horsepower from a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine and another 54 horses from an electric motor, routed through a six-speed automatic transmission. That helps it hit 60 mph in 7.6 seconds on the way up to a 138 mph. The Volt makes only 140 horsepower total and can’t begin to match those numbers.
The 2014 Audi A3 e-tron is a bit of a departure from the all-electric A3 e-trons that have been testing on our shores for a few years. Will it make its way to the U.S.? Since the 2014 Audi A3 hasn’t yet come here, we’re still waiting on the word of whether or not it will. But we wouldn’t bet against it. With a widening market of luxury hybrids like the Lexus CT 200h and upcoming Cadillac ELR, we think it’d fit right in. We’re just a little curious if U.S. pricing and EPA-adjusted numbers would keep it looking like the sort wundercar it appears to be from across the ocean.