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, its 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 that roof mechanism is expensive to replace if it goes wrong.