Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron was named as "Value Champion 2015” by the Auto Bild and Schwacke Market Research Institute after it was revealed that it was the most stable in terms of residual value among compact cars.
Being the “Value Champion,” it means that the A3 Sportback experienced the least depreciation over a four-year period. The first plug-in hybrid from Audi, the A3 had a 57.3% residual value. The A3 allows consumers to enjoy driving without giving up the efficiency in power.
Audi’s other models also received awards from other categories. A6 Avant came in second in the full-size category, the Audi Q3 placed third in the “Luxury Class,” and the Quattro was a runner-p in the "Small SUV" category.
Auto Bild has been handing out the "Value Champion" awards for 12 years in 15 categories by evaluating 40 different models and 14 various brands.
As standard, the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron comes with a universal charging lead, which could be used both with domestic power sockets and with industrial power sockets just by interchanging the connecting plugs. Since these connecting plugs come with country-specific design, the new A3 Sportback e-tron could be recharged anywhere it is taken.
At home, users could just clip the charging lead into a wall-mounted holder, which is also designed by Audi. This lockable holder offers a convenient way to store and use the charging lead, thereby protecting the charging equipment against theft. This universal charging lead provides the alternating current from the grid, passing through the charging connection located in the Singleframe grille behind the fold-out four rings.
Then, the alternating current supplied in by the charger is converted into direct current for the car’s battery. The charging unit features a charging status LED, as well as two push buttons that allow users to select between immediate charging and timer-controlled charging.
When using an industrial power socket, the battery of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron needs only a little more than two hours to be fully recharged, compared to 3 hours and 45 minutes when connected to a normal domestic power socket (Europe). Audi is currently involved in a joint project with a supplier of renewable power to make electric driving ecological sensible.
Audi is also working on automatic charging sans any physical contact, which is also referred as Audi wireless charging. This charging process entails an alternating magnetic field between the mobile charging pad in the car and the stationary charging pad on the ground.