Every version of the Cabriolet comes with stability control and front, side and curtain airbags. You have to pay extra for Audi’s Pre-sense system, though, which automatically primes the safety kit if it senses a collision is inevitable.
It’s quite expensive but the optional Driver assistance package bundles up some impressive driver aids including adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and Audi parking system. Far cheaper is optional Audi side assist, which monitors the car’s rear blindspots and alerts the driver if another vehicle is present or approaching at speed. Adaptive cruise control with Pre-sense front is also a good value-for-money package featuring valuable safety aids.
The A3 Cabriolet hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the A3 hatch on which it’s based has. That car was awarded an impressive five-star rating and a particularly strong score for adult crash protection. Its child protection rating was only reasonable – slightly worse than a Volkswagen Golf’s.
Deadlocks and an alarm with immobiliser are fitted as standard, and the A3 Cabriolet received the maximum five stars from security body Thatcham for its resistance to being stolen. It also scored four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.
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