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A3 Cabriolet
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Driving

Price (on the road)

ยฃ29,685-ยฃ43,490

Target Price (cash)

ยฃ0-ยฃ40,424

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  • Rear parking sensors

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

ยฃ315.57-ยฃ494.27/month

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Engines

Our pick
1.5 TFSI
This 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine has a broad spread of torque and is super-smooth. It can also shut down two of its four cylinders when cruising to save fuel, keeping CO2 emissions surprisingly low. This is our favourite engine.
1.6 TDI 116
This is the best engine in the line-up for CO2 emissions and so an appealing choice for company car drivers. Theyโ€™ll enjoy a smooth, flexible motor that has enough low-down punch for comfortable motorway cruising.
2.0 TDI 184
This more potent version of the 2.0-litre diesel is only offered in S line trim, so you have to pay a fair bit more for it. It brings a little more mid-range shove, but itโ€™s not worth the extra cash over the 2.0 TDI 150. Quattro four-wheel drive and automatic gearbox only.
2.0 TDI
We think the 2.0-litre diesel (in this 148bhp tune) is worth the premium over the 1.6 because itโ€™s a little smoother and even more flexible. Itโ€™ll still return more than 50mpg in the real world, too, keeping running costs down. Itโ€™s available with all trim levels apart from S3.
TFSI Quattro S Tronic
Unique to the high-performance, four-wheel-drive S3 Cabriolet, this 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor has 306bhp โ€“ enough to take the S3 from 0-62mph in just 5.1sec. Thereโ€™s very little turbo lag and a terrific exhaust note.
2.0 TFSI
The 2.0-litre petrol has lots of power and torque; in fact, more than enough to make the A3 Cabriolet feel hot hatch fast. Itโ€™s not much more usable in the real world than the 1.5, though, and itโ€™s more expensive to buy and run. Itโ€™s available with Audiโ€™s all-wheel-drive quattro system but only with an automatic gearbox.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

41.5-65.7 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

113-156 g/km

VED Tax band

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Boot capacity

How much space is there?

285 litres

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