Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 2003 - 2013 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Our recommendations

2003 - 2013 review
Audi A3 Cabriolet (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Cabriolet (03 - 13)
  • Audi A3 Cabriolet (03 - 13)
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Which used Audi A3 sports should I buy?

From launch, the A3 Cabriolet's engine options included three petrols and two diesels. The petrol choices were an entry-level 101bhp 1.6-litre, a turbocharged 158bhp 1.8-litre TFSI and a 197bhp 2.0-litre TFSI. Diesel engines included a 103bhp 1.9 TDI and a 123bhp 2.0 TDI.

In mid-2009, a 103bhp 1.2-litre TFSI engine was added, and a 104bhp 1.6 TDI replaced the 1.9-litre diesel. But our pick is the 1.8-litre TFSI - it's reasonably priced and delivers good performance.

All versions get air-conditioning, all-round electric windows and alloy wheels. The entry-level car has a semi-automatic hood (you have to manually release the hood from the header rail). Sport trim adds a fully electric hood as well as climate control, while S line models have sportier styling details, and upgraded alloys and cabin trim.

In 2009, engine stop-start systems became standard across the A3 range, helping to improve fuel economy and cutting CO2 emissions.

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