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 Post subject: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:56 pm 
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Hello,

Is there any documentation on the rated towing capacity for the A3 Etron?


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:48 am 
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Audi is staying mum on the subject - I contact the local Audi dealer and they said they are unable to tell me, there's no information been given to them from the higher-ups.

Not sure if they are still testing towing with the A3 e-tron or if they are just unsure whether to allow towing with it at all since then they have to support drivetrain issues under warranty even if caused by towing.


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:50 am 
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Found this on autoexpress.co.uk so I guess no tow rating in the UK

BMW i3 with Range Extender Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX3h
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,315/415kg/N/A 1,540/510kg/N/A 1,810/500/1,500kg


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:44 am 
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The full specifications for the USA e-Tron doesn't list tow capacity anywhere.

This website also lists the tow capacity as N kg (which I assume means 'none' or 'no' or 'not applicable')
http://carleasingmadesimple.com/busines ... ght-limit/

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A3 SPORTBACK
1.4 TFSI e-tron 5dr S Tronic Lease

Standard Equipment

Navigation system
Climate control
Alarm
Front fog lights
Radio/CD
Front armrest

Technical Information

Insurance: Group 29E
Engine power: 150 PS
Fuel consumption: 176.6 mpg (combined)
CO2 emissions: 37 g/km
0 to 62 mph: 7.6 secs
Max occupancy: 5 seats


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:27 pm 
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You can configure your e-tron with a tow-hitch in the Danish Audi configurator, but there doesn't appear to be any detail on the towing capacity.


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:39 pm 
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Are hitches reasonably easy to install? Will want one for carrying bike rack & bikes.


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:45 pm 
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Still no official comments from my Audi dealer as to whether it's rated to tow anything. I'm hoping it is, I don't have a large travel trailer but would like to be able to haul a motorcycle to the track on the weekends. The E-tron should be able to handle it (IMO).


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:17 am 
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Much of the drivetrain of the vehicle is identical to the 1.4 TFSI S-tronic, which is rated at 1500kg towing capability.

The main difference is the addition of the electric motor, which shouldn't be impacted by the additional load - it's limited by current through the controller, not by anything that would wear faster with additional load. I imagine it may be possible that the engaging and disengaging of the gas engine could be impacted by the additional load, both in the control programming as well as the mechanical actuation. If you were to try towing, it might make sense to run in sport mode so that the gasoline engine always runs.

Just my 2 cents; I'm considering trying it this weekend with a load approx 1/2 the rated load.


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:56 am 
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Owner manual calls for class 1 or class 2 trailers. Whatever that means.


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 Post subject: Re: Towing Capacity
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:26 pm 
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Trailer classes are a quick way of knowing how much weight your vehicle can handle safely. Class I is the lightest weight, class II is a little bit more.

Googling trailer classes led me here:
http://www.autoanything.com/towing/how- ... class.aspx

While the manual does mention towing, keep in mind that it covers all the A3's, not just the E-tron. At least that's the case for the on-line manual.

I tried to get my dealer to add towing to my car before delivery. They wouldn't do it, even after I showed them the European build pages where it is a option. My guess is that in the European market, people tow a reasonable load - say small trailers or put a couple of bikes on the back. In the US market, folks see a receiver for a hitch, and they'll hook anything up that fits. I know I have. ;)

Total passenger and cargo capacity is maxed out at 450 kg/992 lbs. per the loading sticker on the b pillar. That doesn't leave much towing capacity once you put people and a bag or two in.

Our UK friends are discussing this in more detail here - https://speakev.com/threads/tow-bars.11231/


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