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Price £33,550 Target Price £32,237 Target PCP £350 0-62mph 7.6 sec Top speed 141mph Official economy 282.5mpg CO2 25g/km

A plug-in hybrid A3 in entry- level 40 TFSIe Sport guise will fit the bill for parents and company car drivers alike. Why? Well, for starters, at £33,550, it’s one of the more affordable plug-in options out there. What’s more, Sport trim gets smaller (17in) alloy wheels than its siblings, increasing the electric range to 40 miles, so it fits into a lower band (7%) for benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax.

Driving the A3 is a pleasant experience; it has more grip and agility than the rival Mercedes-Benz A250e, boosting your confidence during quick changes of direction. All in all, this plug-in hybrid is an excellent choice for a family, thanks to all its high-end technology, potentially low running costs and decent practicality, and because it can travel farther on electric power alone than most family plug-in hybrids.

Official electric range: 40 miles


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