Space & practicality

Audi A3 Cabriolet review

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Audi A3 Cabriolet
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16 Dec 2015 14:23 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 09:59

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Audi A3 sports front space

There’s more than enough shoulder room for a couple of adults in the front of the A3 Cabriolet and, even with the hood up, there’s plenty of head room for tall adults. In fact, it has almost as much space as the A3 hatchback. The simple fascia design doesn’t allow for many cubbyholes but there are storage areas ahead of the gearlever and under the centre armrest, and a couple of cupholders beneath the ventilation controls. Meanwhile, the door pockets are each big enough for a large water bottle. Storage compares well with other cars in the class.

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The doors are long and open wide, making close parking an anxious business. The roofline is a little low, so you have to stoop to get in. Those with a bad back might want to consider this.

Audi A3 sports rear space

Two adults will just about fit in the rear of the Cabriolet if those up front aren’t too tall. However, they’ll still have their knees pressed up against the seats in front. Rear head room isn’t great with the roof closed either so, unless the sun is shining, the rear seats are best left for children.

Irritatingly, the optional wind deflector is a large contraption that you have to erect across the rear cabin. With this in place, the A3 Cabriolet is strictly a two-seater.

Like other cars of its type, there is very little scope for oddments storage in the rear. The A3 Cabriolet really does put its front occupants first.

Audi A3 Cabriolet

Audi A3 sports seating flexibility

The rear seats aren’t particularly clever. They don’t move back and forth to prioritise cabin or boot space, for example, and they can’t be reclined, either. However, it is at least easy to fold them down. Simply pull a handle inside the boot and the spring-loaded seatbacks drop down onto their bases in a 60:40 split.

All A3 Cabriolets come with a height-adjustable front passenger seat as standard. Both front seats have an easy folding mechanism to aid access to the rear seats.

Audi A3 sports boot space

With the hood up, the boot is surprisingly large. There’s plenty of room for a couple of suitcases or a big weekly shop. A relatively wide aperture also makes it easy to load. With the rear seats folded down, you can slide in long items, such as flat-pack furniture, with relative ease. It’s just a pity that, when folded down, the roof eats up so much boot space, leaving you with a shallow load bay that’s tricky to access.

 

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