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Audi A3 1.4 Tfsi S Line 2Dr S Tronic Petrol Cabriolet
|48 Monthly Payments Of||£395.86|
|Finance Deposit Allowance||£3,500†|
|Amount of Credit||£26,830|
|Guaranteed Minimum Future Value||£12,611.25|
|Total Amount Payable||£38,122.53|
|Duration Of Agreement||48 Months|
|Fixed Rate of Interest||%|
|Representative 6.% APR (Fixed)|
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Audi has revitalised its second generation A3 Cabriolet. There's a more advanced 2.0-litre petrol engine on offer, plus innovations like the Audi Smartphone interface and the clever 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument layout. All of this embellishing a classy, stylish and pretty practical basic package. You'd like one.
Can a relatively affordable compact convertible be genuinely, heart-stoppingly, aspirationally desirable? Audi thinks so and, in the form of this improved second generation A3 Cabriolet, has brought us an open-topped car that's very difficult not to like. All the Audi attributes you're used to - cool design, fantastic build quality, engine efficiency and strong residual values - are matched to sleek looks delivering that 'want one' factor. You can't really ask for much more from a compact convertible, but the Ingolstadt brand has delivered more anyway, adding in extra infotainment technology, an improved 4WD system and a more sophisticated 2.0-litre turbo petrol TFSI engine.
Engine-wise, many will want to avoid the entry-level unit (a 110PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel) in favour of the two powerplants that make up the heart of the range. The most obvious choice is the one most buyers will probably make, the 150PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel. And, sure enough, it's a very impressive engine, with eager pulling power delivering the rest to 62mph sprint in 8.9s en route to a 139mph maximum that ought to be enough for anyone. Personally though, if we were buying this car, we'd take the other mainstream option, a 150PS version of the 1.5 TFSI petrol unit with clever CoD, or 'Cylinder on Demand' technology. It's almost as efficient as the diesel, significantly quieter (especially of course with the roof down) and just as quick (62mph from rest takes 8.9s en route to 137mph). We're not sure we'd really want to go much faster than that in this car, but Audi centres are ready and willing to oblige those with a further need for speed. Diesel folk prepared to special quattro 4WD and tronic auto transmission get a pokier 184PS version of the 2.0 TDI unit. While those preferring petrol have the further option of an all-new 190PS 2.0-litre TFSI powerplant, the engine you have to have if you're looking for a mainstream petrol-powered A3 Cabriolet with the option of quattro 4WD. This variant also gets a slicker 7-speed S tronic auto transmission set-up than diesel drivers can have and with this fitted, 62mph is just 7.3s away en route to 155mph. The same system is also an option on the ritziest version of this car you can buy, the potent S3 flagship model, which mates quattro 4WD to an uprated 310PS 2.0-litre TFSI turbo engine able to power you to 62mph in a fraction over 5s. Toupees will very definitely need to be firmly tied down.
Built on a modified version of the A3 Saloon's chassis, the A3 Cabriolet lost its somewhat dumpy, pram-like styling when re-launched in second generation form. Exterior changes to this revised version are slight but the front looks a little more purposeful, courtesy of sharper lines for the familiar and now broader Singleframe grille. The headlights are flatter, with distinctive outer contours and can now be ordered in Matrix LED form, so they are significantly brighter and constantly adapt themselves to avoid dazzling other road users, plus of course they never need to be dipped. Equally subtle changes at the rear aim to accentuate the width of this car - with the horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the redesigned diffuser. Inside, the 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument display used in the TT and other pricier Audis is now available in this one as an option. This displays the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen. The driver can switch between two views by pressing the "View" button on the multifunction steering wheel. In addition, the menu structure that works the centre dash MMI infotainment screen has been redesigned and is now more intuitive. As before, the soft fabric roof is stretched over a magnesium-steel 'skeleton'. The opens or closes electro-hydraulically in less than 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. When retracted, the top - folded into three layers - rests in a tray that barely affects luggage capacity, which is 287-litres (10.14 cubic ft). There's a proper glass rear window and the roof can be specified in black, grey and brown - while the inner liner is available in black or lunar silver.
Why no folding metal hard top, especially when you're paying from around £28,000? The reason is because this car is better without one. The roof is beautifully engineered, so it's easy to appreciate what your money's been spent on. The fully automatic acoustic hood has a thicker inner foam layer which further reduces the already low interior noise level of the A3 Cabriolet. A wind deflector and head-level heating for the front seats are also available. An active rollover protection system consisting of two spring-loaded plates that are recessed into the body protects the occupants in case of a rollover accident. The key option with this improved model is the clever 'Virtual Cockpit' system replacing the conventional instrument dials with an eye-catching 12.3-inch TFT display. But of course, there's much else to select from. An 'MMI radio plus' set-up with an electrically extending 7-inch diagonal monitor is standard, while the 'MMI navigation' system is fitted from 'Sport' trim upwards. Go further and specify the 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect' package (what a mouthful!) and you can have many online functions in your A3 at high speed via the super-fast LTE standard. They include, for example, navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View traffic information in real time, as well as practical information on parking, destinations, news or the weather. There's also a free 'Audi MMI connect' app that enables other services, such as online media streaming and transfer of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. Mobile phones with iOS and Android operating systems can now be connected with the car via the standard Audi smartphone interface.
The A3 Cabriolet's work on weight reduction is evident in the most unexpected places. The bonnet, for example, is all aluminium. The engines are impressively light, as are the seats and the dashboards. All of this has incremental effects on emissions and economy. All engines employ direct injection and turbocharging and are backed up by a start-stop-system. The 1.5 TFSI CoD variant gets 54.3mpg on the combined cycle on 16-inch wheels, with CO2 emissions of 118g/km. Audi's cylinder on demand (CoD) technology helps here, which deactivates two of the engine's cylinders when cruising. The latest 2.0-litre TFSI unit manages 47.9mpg on 17-inch wheels on the combined cycle - and 131g/km of CO2. Plus there's very little penalty for fitting the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission which offers a free-wheeling function that further improves fuel economy. The 1.6 TDI delivers 70.6mpg on the combined cycle on 16-inch wheels, with CO2 emissions of 108g/km. The 150PS 2.0 TDI meanwhile, delivers 67.3mpg and 110g/km. Residual values may well even improve on the old A3 Cabriolet's due to the later car's improved practicality and broader appeal.
Miles Per Gallon
Number Of Seats
|Heated front windscreen|
|Heated rear window|
|Front and rear electric windows|
|Heated windscreen washer jets|
|Electromechanical parking brake|
|ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control|
|Voice control system|
|Audi smartphone interface|
|Service interval indicator|
|Colour driver's information system display|
|Fatigue detection system|
|Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators|
|Electric operated/heated door mirrors|
|Aluminium trim elements|
|Aluminium air vent surrounds|
|DAB Digital radio|
|Audi music interface|
|2 USB ports|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Chrome exhaust tailpipes|
|S Line body styling|
|Twin exhaust tailpipe|
|Fully automatic acoustic hood|
|Aluminium side window trim|
|High gloss dark chrome radiator grille|
|Automatic lights and wipers|
|LED daytime running lights|
|Dual zone electronic climate control|
|Jack and tool kit|
|Illuminated door sills|
|Storage compartments in doors|
|Adjustable front armrest|
|Height/reach adjustable steering column|
|Perforated leather gearknob|
|4 lashing points to secure luggage|
|Stainless steel pedals|
|3 spoke flat bottom multi-function leather steering wheel including paddle shift|
|Storage compartment in centre console|
|Light and rain sensor pack - A3 Cabriolet|
|Storage pack - A3 Cabriolet/Saloon|
|LED interior light pack - A3/RS3|
|Driver and passenger side airbags|
|Automatic roll over protection|
|3 point seatbelts on all seats|
|Active front headrests|
|Warning triangle and first aid kit|
|Driver/Front Passenger airbags|
|Drivers knee airbag|
|Front passenger airbag deactivation|
|Tyre pressure monitor|
|Height adjustable front seats|
|50/50 split folding rear seat|
|2 height adjustable rear headrests|
|ISOFIX child seat preparation+airbag deactivation|
|Anti theft alarm|
|Anti-theft wheel bolts|
|Remote control central locking|
|Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Space saver spare wheel|
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||8.9|
|Engine Power - BHP||150|
|Engine Power - KW||110|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||5000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||184|
|Engine Torque - NM||250|
|Engine Torque - RPM||1500|
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This video features the Audi A3 range.