Audi A3 Cabriolet (2014 -) Buying & Selling

Review by James Taylor on
Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015
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The Audi A3 Cabriolet is yet another addition to the burgeoning A3 range, which now includes both three- and five-door hatchbacks, a ‘three-box’ saloon version and various S3 high-performance derivatives. It’s a quality package, with desirable looks, a relaxing driving experience and a similarly classy interior to the rest of the A3 family.

3.5 out of 5

Buying new

You’re unlikely to get much of a discount (if any at all) at main Audi dealerships. Online brokers will have a stock of cars, but check they’ve got the right optional extras. You won’t get to choose any more.

Audi expects 40 percent of drop-top A3s sold in the UK to be purchased in the more eye-catching S line specification. SE and Sport trims are expected to sell in roughly equal numbers, making up 30 percent of sales apiece.

Although diesel models are expected to make up the vast bulk of British sales, the 1.4-litre petrol TFSI engine with its Cylinder-on-Demand tech could make a good balance between performance and economy.

Take care with the options list as many of the extras won’t come cheap and the already fairly high asking price can easily spiral with a bit of box ticking at the dealership.

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

It is predicted that the A3 Cabriolet will retain 47 percent of its value over three years and 30,000 miles, which means it’s going to be a relatively expensive used buy.

Ironically for a glamorous convertible, we can expect the balance of cars sold in the UK to be diesel-powered. Check that they’ve been used for more than pottering about town as modern diesels need a good run every now and then to ensure their particulate filters don’t become clogged.

Flagship 1.8-litre TFSI models are expected to sell in small numbers and could be very hard to come by.

Some models will be loaded with optional extras when new. Although all cars have what looks like a sat-nav screen, entry-level SE grades don’t come with nav as standard.

A Parkers Car History Check can help tell you if the car has any outstanding finance or other hidden surprises you should be aware of.

See 66 used Audi A3 Cabriolets for sale, starting at £10,490

3.5 out of 5

Selling

The Audi A3 Cabriolet should retain a large chunk of its value compared to the competition, but it’ll only sell if you’ve kept the car as fastidiously as possible.

As always, keep a full service history and maintenance file. Diesel cars may be more in demand than petrols. Cars fitted with sat-nav will be easier to shift. Many S line models are fitted with very low profile tyres which can make the wheels easy to kerb – it’s worth getting any such damage repaired if possible before selling.