With the roof down and the windows up, occupants in the front are well protected from buffeting, so long as they erect a rather inelegant wind deflector over the rear seats. It can’t be fitted if there are people sitting in the back, though. Without it, things become a bit blowy for everyone.
With the roof up, the A3 Cabriolet keeps its occupants well isolated from outside noise, especially if the excellent acoustic hood is installed. It’s an option on SE trim, and standard on Sport and above.
As for the engines, the 1.4 and 2.0 turbo petrols are particularly smooth and hushed, but even the diesels aren’t too vocal once you’re up to motorway speeds. It’s worth remembering, however, that larger wheels do bring a bit more road rumble. The more modest 16in and 17in rims keep the noise to a minimum. The standard gearbox is a six-speed manual that has a slick, positive action, while the optional S tronic automatic gearbox can be jerky at low speeds.
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