No driver should have a problem getting comfortable in the A3 Cabriolet. The steering wheel can be moved in and out, as well as up and down, and the seat position has a wide range of adjustment. The seat back angle is adjusted by a dial controller, too, so it’s easy to make minor incremental changes.
Sport and S line editions bring even more supportive sports seats with chunkier side bolsters, although it’s disappointing that even these relatively pricey versions don’t come with adjustable lumbar support as standard.
The pedals are well placed, and the controls all conveniently located. Even on entry-level SE versions the steering wheel is a multi-function type incorporating controls for the infotainment system and, on S tronic versions, gearshift paddles.
Audi A3 Cabriolet visibility
There’s little to worry about in the A3 Cabriolet if you’re looking straight ahead. Slim windscreen pillars and relatively large side windows mean that visibility is perfectly acceptable. Things aren’t so straightforward at the back of the car, though, because with the hood up, all you have is a small screen to peer through. With this in mind, it’s surprising that Audi charges extra for rear parking sensors on all versions – something almost all buyers will want to add.
Obviously, rear visibility is much less of an issue with the roof down and, if you’re extra nervous about parking, Audi even offers a self-parking system that can identify suitable spaces to steer the car into.
Audi A3 Cabriolet infotainment
Audi’s standard-fit Multi Media Interface (MMI) allows you to control most of the car’s major functions using a chunky rotary dial and a small collection of buttons located between the front seats. It’s a simple system to use, and some of the shortcut keys are raised, allowing you to find the one you want by touch.
The standard 5.8-inch display rises out of the top of the dashboard when you switch the system on and, because it’s so high, it’s easy to read without moving your eyes too far from the road. There are a variety of upgrades to choose from, including a Technology Package that brings more functionality including sat-nav, although a more basic navigation system is standard on Sport and S line trims.
Other key items, including a DAB radio and Bluetooth telephone connectivity, are standard across the range. They work well, too, with easy-to-use menus, decent radio reception and good basic integration with both Android and Apple smartphones. The standard stereo is easily good enough for most tastes, but an optional 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is available for more discerning music lovers.
The standard kit compares favourably with rivals’. BMW’s system is excellent on many levels but given its ease of use and the quality of its integration, the Audi’s infotainment system is just as impressive.
Audi A3 Cabriolet build quality
The A3 Cabriolet’s interior is built from the sort of materials you’d expect to find in a luxury saloon, while nicely weighted switchgear and a super-slim infotainment screen add to the impression that no expense has been spared.
You’ll struggle to find unappealing plastics anywhere, including low down. The fit and finish is superb, with gaps between panels miniscule and consistent throughout.