2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Nexo has a standard Limited to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The A3 Sportback e-tron only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Nexo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Nexo has standard Blue Link, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Nexo and the A3 Sportback e-tron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A3 Sportback e-tron’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A3 Sportback e-tron. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the A3 Sportback e-tron ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nexo’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine

The Nexo’s electric motor produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (291 vs. 258) than the A3 Sportback e-tron’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Nexo higher (10 out of 10) than the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron (7). This means the Nexo produces up to 11.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A3 Sportback e-tron every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A3 Sportback e-tron:

 

Nexo

A3 Sportback e-tron

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The A3 Sportback e-tron’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nexo’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the A3 Sportback e-tron (109.8 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A3 Sportback e-tron.

Passenger Space

The Nexo has .7 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the A3 Sportback e-tron.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The A3 Sportback e-tron’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the A3 Sportback e-tron with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 13.6 cubic feet). The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the A3 Sportback e-tron with its rear seat folded (56.5 vs. 43.5 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the Nexo Limited’s power liftgate, leaving your hands completely free. The Nexo’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

The Nexo has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Proximity Key standard on the Nexo allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron’s Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Nexo has standard extendable sun visors. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Nexo Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Nexo Limited’s Remote Smart Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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