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Audi A3 Cabriolet

Using the versatile MQB platform, the second-generation Audi A3 Cabriolet is larger and more elegant than the car it replaces. The cut-off hatchback style rear end is gone and luggage and interior space have increased accordingly. It is a more handsome car as a result and yet next to the longer A5 Cabrio it remains a more chunky design. Build quality is excellent as you might expect and the interior is beautifully finished if not particularly innovative in its layout. Luggage space is further improved by using the split-folding rear seats.

The Audi A3 Cabriolet’s fabric roof folds in 18 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph and there isn’t much wind buffeting to deal with when it is down. Interior wind movement is further reduced by the fold-out wind deflector although this does use up the rear seats. An optional active seat ventilation system (following Mercedes’ Airscarf) increases comfort in the front seats on cooler days by blowing warm air on the back of occupants necks. There is also a thicker acoustic convertible roof available to further reduce road and traffic noise.

Audi A3 Cabriolet Details

Production dates2014-current
Length 4421 mm / 174 in
Width inc. mirrors 1960 mm / 77 in
Height 1409 mm / 55 in
Wheelbase 2595 mm / 102 in
Turning circle 10.9 m
Luggage capacity 320 litres / 11.3 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 50 litres / 13.2 US gal
Warranty 3 years or 60,000 miles
Service intervals 9000-19000 miles

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Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI

We're still getting used to the idea that you can get peppy performance from a small engine in a solidly built car but the Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI is a perfect example. The entry-level car has a turbocharged engine that gives levels of power and torque equal to that of a 2 litre car in normally aspirated form. The benefit is that it is a smaller, lighter engine that is far more fuel efficient and produces lower emissions. Despite having squeezed so much extra horsepower from the little engine, it never complains and runs smoothly and quietly even at high speeds. It may not be an out and out sports car but there is plenty of go for most drivers and the tight front wheel drive chassis gives a nice responsive feel. Performance improves considerably on the previous 1.2 litre entry-level Audi A3 Cabrio while efficiency is clearly better than the BMW 1-Series or even the VW Golf Cabriolet.

To many the 1.4 TFSI A3 will be the best balance of price and performance with the diesel alternatives being a little less refined and offering only a little reduction in running costs.

In some regions, a less powerful and efficient 123bhp/125Nm version of the Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI is available.

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1395 cc
Power 150@5000 ps
Torque 250@1500 nm
Transmission type 6-spd manual
Kerb weight 1365 kg / 3009 lb
UK retail price from £26,375
UK insurance group 24E

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI Performance

Max speed (manual) 138 mph / 222 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 8.9 seconds

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 58.9 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 110 g/km

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI quattro

The convertible A3 launched with the Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI as the performance model. The turbocharged engine delivers ample power throughout the rev range providing good acceleration in every gear. It comes with the fast paddle shift twin-clutch seven-speed S-tronic gearbox as standard. While the 1.8 TFSI may not offer the performance of the S3 models it is sure-footed, fast and a pleasure to drive. The rigid underpinnings make the A3 Cabrio a competent performer however the steering is not particularly communicative. The result is a fast GT rather than an edgy sports car which day to day will suit many drivers better.

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI quattro Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1798 cc
Power 180@4500 ps
Torque 280@1350 nm
Transmission type 7-spd S tronic
Kerb weight 1540 kg / 3395 lb
UK retail price from £34,665
UK insurance group 30E

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI quattro Performance

Max speed (auto) 145 mph / 233 kph
0-100kmph (auto) 7.6 seconds

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI quattro Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (auto) 42.8 mpg

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.6 TDI

The most frugal car in the range, the Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.6 TDI sips at its diesel fuel making pit-stops a rarity. Performance is a little pedestrian but if fuel economy is your aim you won't be driving hard anyway.

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.6 TDI Specifications

Fuel type Diesel
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1598 cc
Power 110@3200 ps
Torque 250@1500 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd manual
Kerb weight 1420 kg / 3130.6 lb
UK retail price from £26,475
UK insurance group 17E

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.6 TDI Performance

Max speed (manual) 124 mph / 200 kph
0-60mph (manual) - seconds
0-100kmph (manual) 11.4 seconds

Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.6 TDI Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 72.4 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 104 g/km

Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI

The diesel power for the Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI provides refined torquey performance. It is more efficient than the petrol alternatives, but it is up to the driver to decide if the diesel engine sound is worth the cash saving. At speed, it is smooth and quiet but at tick-over and around town the sound is more prevalent. Performance is good with brisk acceleration and effortless high-speed cruising. If long journeys and high mileages are your thing, then this is a car well worth considering.

Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI Specifications

Fuel type Diesel
Engine type Straight 4
Engine capacity 1968 cc
Power 150@3500 ps
Transmission type 6-spd manual
Kerb weight 1460 kg / 3219 lb
UK retail price from £27,825
US retail price from $27,825
UK insurance group 24E

Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI Performance

Max speed (manual) 139 mph / 224 kph
0-100kmph (manual) 8.9 seconds

Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TDI Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (manual) 65.7 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 113 g/km

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2 Owner Reviews

Do you drive an Audi A3 Cabriolet? Would you recommend it to others? Why not leave a comment to let us know what you think of the car. This Audi has 2 owner reviews.

  1. Terry Micheals Terry Micheals says:

    This is an incredible drop top, but when it comes to warding off the wind noise and buffeting, I prefer my retrofitted additional windstop rather than the bulky factory fitted two-fold one, and now backdraft and shuddering have literally come down to zero.

  2. J Seymour J Seymour says:

    Yes, wind buffeting will come down only if a wind deflector is mounted; in fact, it is a must to mount a draught-stop to keep the air turbulence in check and enjoy noise-free al fresco rides. Well, I have installed a wind deflector and there’s no tangible wind noise even on motorway speeds!

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