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Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present review

Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi A3 sports?

The A3 Cabriolet benefits from having very few natural four-seat rivals, especially those with a more premium feel.

The most obvious is the BMW 2 Series Convertible. As with the A3 Cabriolet, you get plenty of choice with the 2 Series Convertible, with a number of engines to choose from and a range of three trims. It’s good on the road, too, with strong performance, sharp handling and a pliant ride. However, those rear seats are a little cramped and the diesel engines are a little gruff. Overall, it’s a good car and makes an excellent used car purchase, but it’s short of some of the polish of the A3 Cabriolet.

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet went off sale in 2016 and is another rival to consider. Sharing some of the underpinnings with the A3 Cabriolet, it’s not surprising to find it’s good to drive, although there is some shake on larger bumps that you wouldn’t find in the Audi. The Volkswagen Eos also went off sale in 2016 and is similar to the Golf Cabriolet but boasts a folding metal roof. It’s slightly nicer to drive and feels more solid, but it can be pricey on the used market.

What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi A3 sports?

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Verdict

The A3 Cabriolet is great to drive and fantastic to sit in. In short, it’s one of the best convertibles money can buy.

  • Beautifully finished interior
  • Ride and handling balance
  • Well equipped
  • Expensive to buy
  • Poor rear room
  • Optional automatic is jerky