Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 2014-present review

Category: Convertible

Section: Ownership cost

2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TSFI review
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • 2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TSFI review
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • 2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TSFI review
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present
  • Used Audi A3 Cabriolet 14-present

Ownership cost

What used Audi A3 sports will I get for my budget?

Prices for a good used A3 Cabriolet start at just under £11,000. This should net you either a petrol or diesel car with an average mileage, bought from an independent or a franchised dealer. Up your budget to between £13,000 and £15,000 and you’ll find the first of the 2016 cars, with an average or below-average mileage for the year, again with a choice of engines and trims. Those spending £15,000-£20,000 can expect to find a 2017 or 2018 model with a low mileage from a franchised dealer, or even a good 2019 car. Pay around £20,000 to £24,000 for the last of the cars from 2020.

Check the value of a used Audi A3 cabriolet with What Car? Valuations

After the facelifted A3 was introduced, a couple of new petrol options replaced the existing 1.4 and 1.8 engines. The 148bhp 1.5 should do 50.4mpg and 128g/km, while the 187bhp 2.0-litre gets 46.3mpg and 139g/km. These figures are down slightly on what went before, but because they were developed with the latest WLTP fuel economy test in mind, the figures quoted should be much more achievable in the real world.

Diesel variants included the popular 109bhp 1.6 TDI that achieves a staggering 74.3mpg and emits just 99g/km of CO2, although this changed to 67.3mpg and 114g/km when the 114bhp version arrived. The 148bhp 2.0 TDI originally managed 67.3mpg and 110g/km emissions before changing to 65.7mpg and 114g/km. The 181bhp 2.0 TDI is the least efficient diesel, but it still figures at 61.4mpg and 122g/km (later 60.1mpg and 122g/km) so is still inexpensive to run.

Road tax

Road tax costs for cars registered before 1 April 2017 will be based upon the car's CO2 output; those registered after pay a flat rate fee, currently £155 a year, with an additional fee levied on cars that cost over £40,000 when new, currently £335 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.

Servicing and insurance

Servicing is due every two years or 19,000 miles, with Audi main dealers offering fixed price servicing and charging £170 for a minor services, and £335 for a major one.

The A3 Cabriolet was also covered by a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty from new, with the option of an extended four or five-year upgrade.

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