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Audi A3 Cabriolet (2008–2013)

Last updated 22 February 2018

 
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Kerb weight 1330–1495 kg
Warranty 3 years
Servicing -

Full specifications

Driving

You can get a 160PS 1.8TFSI, a 200PS 2.0TFSI, a 105PS 1.9TDI and a 140PS 2.0TDI. (That's the old PD engine rather than the new piezo injected 2.0TDI in the A4 B8.)

We drove a white one, which happened to be a 2.0T FSI S tronic. Though, on the basis of pre-orders, Audi expects the sales split to be only 30% petrol compared to 70% diesel.

It drives like an A3 2.0TFSI, or a Golf GTI 2.0TFSI, for that matter. Sporty, yet secure, with a very pleasant power delivery through the seamless 6-speed S tronic.

There's not a lot of legroom in the back, of course. Best to think of it as only an occasional four seater. The kind of car you and someone else could go on holiday in with all your luggage, then, when you got there, could pick up a couple of friends. The optional windbreak works well, and with the windows up even the rain stays off you until you have to slow down or stop.

When you get wet for the 6 seconds or so it takes to get some roof over you, then, after another 3 seconds, are snug as a bug in a rug. That's a very fast top.

So what's it to be? £20,750 only buys a basic, fairly slow, 1.9 diesel. The kind of car for older couples who won't exactly give the A3 convertible the sort of image Audi is seeking.

You'll need £23,660 for the most basic quick one. Though I can also see the £22,300 160PS 1.8 TFSI selling quite well.

The 2.0TFSI S line S tronic we drove comes to all of £28,460, and that's before you add satnav or a windbreak.

But white with a red top has to be the colour combination to have. In a metallic grey the car just doesn't get noticed.

Need a sports car with four seats? It has to be the A3 Cabrio or the 1-Series convertible. Battle of the beach roads commences this summer.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.2 TFSI 50 mpg 12.2 s 118 mph 132 g/km
1.6 40 mpg 12.5 s 114 mph 167 g/km
1.6 TDI 66 mpg 12.2 s 118 mph 114 g/km
1.8 TFSI 42–43 mpg 8.0–8.2 s 135 mph 154–156 g/km
1.8 TFSI S tronic 43 mpg 8.0 s 135 mph 154 g/km
1.9 TDI 55 mpg 12.3 s 115 mph 134 g/km
2.0 TDI 61 mpg 9.6 s 129 mph 119 g/km
2.0 TDI S tronic 55 mpg 9.4 s 129 mph 134 g/km
2.0 TFSI 39 mpg 7.4 s 144 mph 169 g/km
2.0 TFSI S tronic 38 mpg 7.3 s 144 mph 171 g/km
List Price from £22,720
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