My example is an Audi A4 1.8T convertible S-line (2006 model).
This car is stunning. I bought the 1.8 version to keep the running costs and insurance down, which it did, but the performance is more than adequate. I can't understand why people get hung up on performance and speed, because we are governed by speed limits and fuel emissions nowadays anyway.
The car is beautiful to look at and certainly turns heads. It handles the road well and until now I have had very little noise inside the car. The equipment is more than adequate, even on the basic model, though the S-line gives that bit extra.
It has enough space in the rear to sit two adults comfortably, and even with the roof down, it is quite surprising what you can get in the boot.
I test-drove numerous convertibles, including the new Volvo hard-top, but I have to say the Audi was by far the best.
I suppose it is a matter of taste and opinion, but the Audi certainly does it for me.
I have owned this car (1.8 T Sport) from new for 12 months and I am bored of it already. The 1.8T just isnt enough power for quite a heavy car. I wished I had gone for the 3.0 Quattro. I love the looks of the car and so does everyone I meet. Serviced just once in 12 months at 17000 miles costing £ 350.00 and 2 tyres another £ 350.00. Have hardly had the roof down in 12 months due to the crumby British weather. I am now considering chopping it in for a VW Touareg 3.0 TDI V6.
I have the 2.0T FSI Multitronic. The engine is very quick and gives good performance and an average of 30mpg about 25 in town 35 out of town. The Multitronic gearchange is fantastic providing unbelievably smooth, quiet and effortless gear changes.
The hood mechanism is fantastic the boot is deceptively spacious. I've been able to fit 2 sets of golf clubs, lots of clothing and 3 people in the car. The Bose sound system is incredible.
In short the car is fantastic, I think it looks better than any other convertible. I have it in Black and the new style grille looks good. So far I've nothing but extreme praise for this car. If you can afford one then get one.
I have owned this car since Nov '03 with lot of problems. An intermittent crunching from front suspension (heard/felt through steering) on slow speed turns has resulted in several visits and new CV joint and suspension arms - I have to wait until 'it's doing it all the time' so they know which suspension arm to replace. It is now starting again (on average fault develops every 6 months). There have been annoying rattles from passenger sunvisor, intermittent problems with roof not completing its opening and sticking, AC switching on and then off occasionally/not maintaining the correct temp, malfunction of heated seat temperature sensor, malfunction of passenger window electrics, and plastic on the gear knob cracked after a few thousand miles (told I shouldn't wear a wedding ring). There is also a juddering in second gear occasionally. I also hate the way when you use the windscreen wash-wipe you have to make sure the windows are closed first (water runs off windscreen and drips into car). If only the problems would be there all the time (instead of intermittently) perhaps they would have better luck fixing things. Having said this, I do around 30k miles a year in it, mainly motorway and the car has only failed to start twice and the engine has improved over time. Fuel consumption is good. I won't be buying another Audi though.....
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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!