Audi A3 Cabriolet (2008 – 2013) Review

Audi A3 Cabriolet (2008 – 2013) At A Glance


+Neat cloth-topped, four seater A3 based convertible with decent boot and fold-down rear seats. Best with 2.0 TFSI engine.

-Early 1.9 TDI engine noisy, slow and doesn't suit convertible image. Some problems with early convertible tops and window mechanisms.

Insurance Groups are between 17–31
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The Audi A3 Cabriolet introduced in 2008 was a good looking, essentially Golf based convertible sharing its running gear with the contemporary Audi A3 and VW Golf Mk V.

We tested the 2018 A3 Cabrio on a perfect day. Half way through our drive the skies opened and it rained cats, dogs, frogs and fishes. Ideal weather to check Audi's claim that you can get the roof over your head in 9 seconds flat.

Audi made some interesting claims about that roof. The advantages of fabric compared to the folding tin tops we have been seeing from almost everyone else.

Status is one. A coupe convertible with the top up doesn't look like a convertible. It can look like you are driving something as mundane as a saloon.

Trunk space is another. Most coupe convertibles rob you of almost all of it with the top down, but the Audi hood sits on top of the trunk, leaving a very useful 260 litres of space into which to post your luggage.

And it's lighter, so, combined with the strengthening of the structure at floor level, it gives the car a lower centre of gravity than a folding tintop.

Road Test of 2008 Audi A3 Cabriolet

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Child seats that fit a Audi A3 Cabriolet (2008 – 2013)

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Real MPG average for a Audi A3 Cabriolet (2008 – 2013)


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Average performance


Real MPG

26–58 mpg

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Ask Honest John

Which are the best convertible cars?

"Which car is better to own and drive - a 2009 BMW 1 Series Convertible diesel auto or an Audi A3 2.1-litre TDI Cabriolet?"
It really depends on the condition of either car as to which is better to own, but the 1 Series Convertible offers a sharper and more fun driving experience. The Audi isn't as nice to drive and a bit more wobbly over bumps, but it has more space for passengers and a higher quality interior.
Answered by Lawrence Allan

My 2011 Audi A3 is using a lot of oil - do I have any rights with the supplying dealer?

"I bought a 2011 Audi A3 1.8 TFSI six months ago at 45,000 miles. I've used four litres of oil to cover 6000 miles since my purchase. This is just within the handbook tolerance but I'm concerned that oil consumption will increase and the engine will become choked if I keep this car. This engine seems to have been rectified FOC by Audi in the USA . Am I right to be concerned about this very high consumption and do I have any rights?"
Yes, this EA888 engine and the similar 2.0-litre EA888 can have an oil consumption problem. The trouble is, in your case, it is not yet sufficiently severe to force the supplier to do something about it. However, you should write to the supplier expressing your concern, send your letter by Post Office Special Delivery, keep a copy and staple the certificate of posting to the copy so it becomes a matter of record that you did bring this to the dealer's attention at an early stage.
Answered by Honest John

The emissions fix caused the EGR on my Audi A3 to fail - what are my rights?

"200 miles after the update, my 2010 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.6 has broken down and needs a new EGR valve. These are on back order and, after two weeks, I have no idea when I will get my car back. I am concerned about ongoing EGR issues and possibly DPF too. The dealer has suggested that they could give me a good deal if I want to buy a new car, but my old one has only done 20,000 miles. I don't know what my rights are or what I can reasonably ask for in warranty or guarantees for the future."
The dealer is legally liable to keep you mobile because the fix he did to your car ultimately damaged it. The dealer also has to pay for the replacement EGR that the car did not need before the fix was applied. But if he is offering you a stonking deal on a new A3 1.4 TSI Cabrio, then it might make better sense to go for it. You don't drive far enough to justify a diesel car and your low mileage will simply cause more problems with a diesel.
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Buying a used Audi A3 - can I trade in my Fiat 500?

"I have a three year old Fiat 500 on a PCP agreement. The balloon payment due in Sept is £5000. I'd like to replace it with a used Audi A3 cabrio. Would a garage take the Fiat as part exchange and give a fair price? What prices should I be expected to pay for a five year old A3 cab? How do I sort this out so as not to lose too much cash?"
You haven't given enough detail of the Fiat for us to check the price so you need to key these details in to in order to find out what it is worth right now, then relate that to the £5000 GFV that you will have to pay to keep it. If trade price now is already less than £5000 there is no point in paying the GFV then using the Fiat as a trade in because you will lose money. Just hand it back and walk away.
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