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For The Audi A3 Cabriolet comes with strong, efficient engines, and strikes an excellent balance between comfort and control on SE suspension. The cabin is beautifully built and resale values are high.

Against It’s fairly expensive to buy, there isn’t much space in the rear seats and the optional S tronic automatic gearbox is rather jerky.

Audi A3 Cabriolet
55 5stars

The Audi A3 Cabriolet is great to drive and fantastic to sit in. It’s a superb open-top.

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There are 8 Audi A3 versions available

Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI 140 SE 2dr £25,790 TBA
Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI 140 Sport 2dr £27,015 TBA
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 150 SE 2dr £27,240
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 150 Sport 2dr £28,465
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI 140 S line 2dr £29,165 TBA
Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI 180 Sport Auto 2dr £30,275
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 2.0 TDI 150 S line 2dr £30,615
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Cabriolet 1.8 TFSI 180 S line Auto 2dr £32,425
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

There aren’t many sub-£30k convertibles we’d strongly recommend, but the A3 Cabriolet is definitely one of them. It’s great to drive, classy inside and refined by open-top standards. It’s even fine value, especially when you take into account likely levels of depreciation.

Based on our experience with other versions of the A3, we suspect the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol will be the pick of the range, but the other engines we've tried so far – the 178bhp 1.8 petrol and the 148bhp 2.0 diesel – offer strong performance and impressive fuel economy.

Stick with SE trim, because this gets you plenty of equipment and the most comfortable suspension set-up. However, you can have SE suspension with the sportier trims for no extra charge, and we’d suggest you do.

The S tronic automatic gearbox is best avoided, though; it doesn't shift as smoothly or as intelligently as the best modern autos, so stick with the slick manual ’box if you can.

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