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10 things we learned about the Audi A3 Cabriolet

Date: 25 January 2017   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Sports
Key rival: BMW 2 Series Convertible
Model tested: 2.0 TDI S line
Price as tested: £41,705

Atrocious winter weather is the wrong time for a drop. Or is it, wonders Al Suttie?

1 - We all know cabrios are for summer and warm weather, but that doesn't mean you have to park them up the other 360 days of the year.

2 - This means winter is the best time to check out the A3 Cabrio's roof and insulation, which work very well.

3 - Yup, there's more road noise audible through the canvas, but no draughts or drops of rain entered the cabin.


4 - Much more impressive is you can still carry on a conversation at motorways speeds without hollering.

5 - Electrically warmed seats and a furnace to heat the cabin meant I was always toasty. Had it not been for the incessant rain, I'd have lowered the roof.

6 - The 150hp 2.0-litre turbodiesel is an ideal match for this cruiser, roof up or down. Refined and pokey enough for fun.




7 - There is a tendency to spin the inside wheel when pulling out of wet junctions, but otherwise the A3 drives sweetly.

8 - You can also take the family as the rear seats are big enough for child seats or small kids. Adults will struggle, mind.

9 - On our test car's 19-inch rims, economy dips to 61.4mpg and emissions go up to 117g/km, but still decent figures.

10 - One figure we're wincing over is the £10,000 of extras fitted to this car. Nice to have but for £31,000 the A3 Cabrio is even more attractive - roof up or down.