Contact us for full library access on: 0330 0020 227 or click here

Audi A3 Cabriolet

The independent definitive Audi A3 Cabriolet video review
How will you view?

This is a sample, showing 30 seconds of each section.

    TOP-DOWN MANAGEMENT (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    The Audi A3 Cabriolet remains an appealing thing. Jonathan Crouch reports.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 58

    Audi continues to be a strong player in the compart convertible segment with its second generation A3 Cabriolet. There's a choice of two advanced TFSI petrol engines on offer, plus innovations like the Audi Smartphone interface and the clever 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument layout. All of this embellishing a classy, stylish and pretty practical basic package. You'd like one.

    Backgroundword count: 104

    Can a relatively affordable compact convertible be genuinely, heart-stoppingly, aspirationally desirable? Audi thinks so and, in the form of this improved second generation A3 Cabriolet, has brought us an open-topped car that's very difficult not to like. All the Audi attributes you're used to - cool design, fantastic build quality, engine efficiency and strong residual values - are matched to sleek looks delivering that 'want one' factor. You can't really ask for much more from a compact convertible, but the Ingolstadt brand has delivered more anyway, adding in extra infotainment technology, an improved 4WD system and a more sophisticated 2.0-litre turbo petrol TFSI engine.

    Driving Experienceword count: 188

    Engine-wise, it's now an all-petrol line-up. We'd recommend the 1.5 TFSI petrol unit used in the base '35 TFSI' variant, which features with clever CoD, or 'Cylinder on Demand' technology. It's almost as efficient as the old diesel version, significantly quieter (especially of course with the roof down) and just as quick (62mph from rest takes 8.9s en route to 137mph). We're not sure we'd really want to go much faster than that in this car, but Audi centres are ready and willing to oblige those with a further need for speed with the 190PS 2.0-litre powerplant used in the '40 TFSI'. This comes only with S tronic auto transmission and is the engine you have to have if you're looking for a mainstream petrol-powered A3 Cabriolet with the option of quattro 4WD. This variant makes 62mph in just 7.3s en route to 155mph. The same quattro system is used on the potent S3 flagship model, which mates quattro 4WD to a 310PS 2.0-litre TFSI turbo engine able to power you to 62mph in a fraction over 5s. Toupees will very definitely need to be firmly tied down.

    To see the full road test text contact us on 0330 0020 227

    Pictures (high res disabled)

    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    0-60 mph (s):

    4.9

    11

    Combined mpg:

    41.5

    70.6

    Extra urban mpg:

    48.7

    78.5

    Height (mm):

    1388

    1409

    Length (mm):

    4423

    4431

    Max Speed (mph):

    124

    155

    ... and 5 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Convertibles

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    90%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    60%
    Styling, Build, Value, Equipment, Depreciation, Handling, Insurance and Total scores are available with our full data feed.

    Subscriber? Login here

    Mobile
    Narrow
    Narrower
    Normal
    Wide