Almost a year on and I still have a smile on my face every time I get in this car. The performance and handling of this car are superb and there is nothing better than the V8 sound when you put your foot down! Build quality is excellent and there are no rattles or noises inside, and for a ragtop this is a very quiet car. I have driven much noiser saloon cars! For a convertible the praticality of this car is pretty good, only downside is the rear legroom when you have a tall driver (me) behind the wheel. In this situation the backseat is for small children only. Fuel economy is pretty poor, but I guess I expected that with a 4.2 litre V8. Overall it is worth it. Overall this car is amazing and definitely the best car I have ever driven.
Three weeks and 2000 miles after picking up this car and I still can't stop smiling! Not only is the car beautiful to look at I've found it great to drive. Motorway cruising is a doddle and the leather sports seats are supremely comfortable. There is enough boot and passenger space for this convertible to just about fulfill a duel role of open top cruiser and family friendly transport.
The s-line suspension is a little harsh and with hindsight is probably something I could have done without. I wish I had spent the money on a better stereo system. The ouput from the standard Audi Concert stereo is poor, with a thin, light, tinney sound. My old Avensis beat the Audi stereo hands down.
I'm averaging 40mpg at the moment and it looks like the first service will come in at around 12,500 miles.
I have not had any of the niggling problems some reviewers have listed. Overall this car is a real gem and a pleasure to drive.
This is a great-looking car. It's a delight on long journeys, going like a train down French autoroutes. Handling on UK A-roads is a bit heavy, but always fun to drive. It has terrific mid-range torque - acceleration between 30-80mph just keeps coming as you shift through the gears.
However, the full leather interior has always seemed a bit meagre. The hi-fi is always a disappointment - it's nowhere near the quality of the one I had in a Golf GTi - does the bass disappear with the solid roof, maybe? There have been a number of niggling faults recently - the airbag warning light has come on three times, and the rear window failed to fully descend. There's wind noise between the window and roof, too. I've enjoyed this car, but I'll certainly change after three years - I'm nervous of out-of-warranty faults. Would I get another? Probably not. It's a bit temperamental and my gut feeling is that it's a lot of money for the badge. If I do, it'll be a petrol - there's something about that diesel rattle, however refined, that just doesn't go with a cabriolet. I'd probably go for the DSG next time, too.
The best bet would be either a proper sports two-seater of the Honda S2000 type (someone once said that the only guy who ever looked good in the back of a four-seat cabriolet was Adolf Hitler and it's funny how remarks like that stay with you!) or back to some kind of sporty hatch/saloon that I wouldn't feel - shall I be frank? - such a ponce in.
After 3 audi A8 motors I was doubtful that the cabriolet would hold its appeal (WRONG).
Accepted we are having a great summer which could influence my opinion but I have to say this is one fine motor. As quick as you want to drive it and as quiet with the roof up as you would want.
No 3.2 motor will be cheap to run but in my experience smaller engines do not offer a great saving, also they wont offer the thrill that this motor can give, I have to date NOT EXPERIENCED the mechanical problems of some of the previous reviews this being my tenth audi in a row there is nothing to put me off maybe a eleventh, (RS4 CAB?), her indoors may prevent this.
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Amazing car, once driven, never forgotton, forget all the pretenders like BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK, they will never have the passion of a Porsche
I love this car! Handling is great, its fun to drive and even reasonably practical!