Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron - From £35,340

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron balances all these qualities and more within its distinctive, 5-door design.

The result is a plug-in hybrid that offers exceptional economy for everyday driving, but is just as capable on the longest drives. It switches intelligently between the electric motor and petrol engine, which means you'll fill up much less often – and make the most of every drop of fuel you put in. In fact, it delivers an impressive 176.6mpg.

The A3 Sportback e-tron can even operate as a fully electric car on shorter journeys, thanks to its high-storage lithium-ion battery. And with an 8-year battery warranty as standard, you can be confident it will continue to perform as you'd expect, long into the future.

Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron
Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron
Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron

Taking performance a step further, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron brings plug-in hybrid technology to this athletic car. It's the manufacturer's first production hybrid, and can run solely on electric power for up to 31 miles on one charge.

Identical to the original A3 Sportback, the five-door e-tron model sits low to the ground and has a confident front face. It's singled out by e-tron body styling and badging.

The A3 Sportback is the first in the e-tron range using Audi's latest hybrid technologies. A 1.4-litre petrol engine works in harmony with an electric motor, generating strong force that covers 0-60mph in around eight seconds.

The charging point is located discreetly behind the Audi rings on the front grille. A quick charge at a public point takes four hours – which is cut to around 2.5 hours if you have a home charging point installed.

The e-tron's peak fuel economy of 176.6mpg combined puts more distance between refueling stops.