Despite the current trend for the folding metal roof, Audi upholds their belief in the strength, style, and insulation of the soft top. With a push-button roof opening time of 9 seconds and a closing time of 11 seconds (timings based on Sport model), this is a head-turning, fun car especially when the sun is shining. TDI engines with a start-stop system significantly lower emissions and boost fuel economy.
The TDI diesel-engined Audi A3 was named Green Car Journal’s 2010 Car of the Year at the Los Angeles auto show.
According to Parker’s car reviews, the Audi A3 Cabriolet looks good and is great to drive.
Driving The Audi A3 Cabriolet
The automatic start-stop function takes a short while to become accustomed to if you are not familiar with it. Steering is responsive and accurate with good road grip whether the roof is up or down. The gear shift is light.
The fully adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat adjustment options ensure a bespoke driving position although, with the roof up, rearview vision is slightly compromised by the rear head restraints and small rear window. The body is rigid over bumps and suffers none of the scuttle shakes of many other convertibles.
Audi A3 Cabriolet Interior
Using high-class materials, the seats are supportive and the controls ready to hand. Although the boot opening is on the small side, there is decent boot space with folding rear seats if extra load space is needed. With surprisingly ample room for four people, the Audi A3 Cabriolet is versatile and comfortable for short or long journeys. The roof can be operated at speeds of up to 19mph.
Audi A3 Cabriolet Safety And Security
Standard safety equipment includes:
Dual front and side airbags
ESP including ABS, EBD, ASR, and EDL to help stop the car quickly and safely
Roll-over protection bars
Isofix child seat anchor points in the front and back
Front and rear head restraints
Remote central locking and alarm
Anti-theft wheel bolts
Halogen daytime running lights
Audi A3 Cabriolet Engine Options
1.2 TFSI, 105 PS
1.8 TFSI, 160 PS
2.0 TFSI, 200 PS
1.6 TDI, 105 PS
2.0 TDI, 140 PS
PS (pferdestärke)is the metric equivalent of BHP (brake horsepower)
Audi A3 Cabriolet Prices
(prices as of 27th September 2010 on Audi website)
Audi A3 Cabriolet Petrol Range:
· Standard – £20,295 to £26,045
· Technik – £23,840 to £25,290
· Sport – £22,145 to £27,895
· S Line –£ 23,695 to £29,445
Audi A3 Cabriolet Diesel Range:
· Standard – £21,720 to £25,050
· Technik – £22,420
· Sport – £23,570 to 26,900
· S Line – £25,120 to 28,450