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.
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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 11 Audi A3 versions available
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.