The 2017 Audi A3 is available in multiple configurations, so you should have no problem finding one that appeals to you. When referring to the Audi A3, you are talking about a sedan or a cabriolet that lets in the fresh air with its convertible top. There is also an A3 Sportback e-tron® with a unique body style and powertrain.

A Closer Look at the A3 Sedan or Cabriolet and A3 Sportback e-tron®

Overall, the various Audi A3 models are incredibly similar. They have nearly identical feature lists and materials on the interior. Either way, you will get a premium vehicle with the latest technology and safety features. The 2017 A3 models stand out from each other in a few key areas.

Body Style and Interior Space

As mentioned earlier, the regular version of the Audi A3 is available as either a sedan or a cabriolet. This way, you can enjoy the classic body style known for its practicality or one that lets you enjoy the weather. Thanks to its convertible top, the A3 Cabriolet will appeal to people who like the feeling of fresh air while the sedan is perfect for people who like the handling of a car.

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron® offers another body style, appealing to anyone in search of versatility and extra cargo room. This body style is somewhere between a crossover and hatchback, meaning that you get more headroom than the traditional A3 models, particularly the cabriolet. It also features a more expansive and versatile cargo area. This body style appeals to people who know they need all the room they can get.


The other big difference between the Audi A3 and the A3 Sportback e-tron® is the powertrain. While the A3 has a traditional gas engine, the A3 Sportback e-tron® has a hybrid engine.

The A3 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI® engine with 186 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. It can reach up to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, and speeds of 130 mph. By comparison, the A3 Sportback e-tron® has a 1.4-liter turbocharged TFSI® plug-in hybrid powertrain that has a 102-horsepower electric motor and 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The result is the same top speed, but slightly slower acceleration, and a net output of 204 horsepower and 258 pound-feet.

The A3 Sportback e-tron® is the ideal choice for drivers who want to save money on fuel or reduce their environmental impact as it gets 83 MPGe combined compared to 29 mpg in the A3. People who don’t want to have to plug in their vehicle, however, will want to stick with the other Audi A3.

Compare the Audi A3 Models in Person on a Test Drive

Whether you still need help comparing the Audi A3 models or are ready to make your purchase, the team at Jack Daniels Audi of Paramus is ready to assist you. Contact us to schedule a test drive to compare these models in person or simply confirm you are making the right decision.

You will notice that we have an extensive selection of the 2017 Audi A3 for sale, appealing to people who want either model. We will do everything in our power to make sure that you drive off the lot with the Audi best suited to you.