Audi A3 Cabriolet (2014 -) Comfort

Review by James Taylor on
Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015
4
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.

4 out of 5

Comfort

Despite the potential handicap of missing a roof, the A3 Cabriolet is impressively quiet even when fitted with one of the diesel engine options.

A secondary acoustic layer for the soft top is standard on Sport and S line derivatives and it does an excellent job of blocking out wind, road and traffic noise. We drove an A3 Cabriolet through a noisy traffic jam in a tunnel and were impressed with how much outside noise the hood blocked out. The acoustic liner is available as an option at extra cost on SE models.

A wind deflector that fits behind the two front seats to prevent buffeting is also an option, as is head-level heating for the front seats to help make top-down motoring possible for more of the year.

Although Sport and S line versions get firmer, sportier suspension with a lower ride height as standard, if you want your Audi A3 Cabriolet comfort levels to be as high as possible you can spec any derivative with the SE trim’s softer suspension setup which does a better job of soaking up bumps and broken tarmac.

3 out of 5

Practicality

Basing the car on the longer-wheelbase saloon derivative has made Audi A3 Cabriolet practicality much improved over the previous model.

Commendably, there really is enough space inside for four average-sized adults without the two rear passengers struggling for leg room.

Audi has managed to design the roof in such a way that it doesn’t take up a huge amount of space at the top of the boot. Nevertheless, with the luggage separator folded down to allow the roof to be lowered you’ll struggle to fit in more than a couple of medium sized bags and coats.

With the roof down there’s 287 litres of luggage space. This increases to 320 litres with the roof closed and 678 litres when the rear seat backs are folded down.

The soft top itself opens and closes in 18 seconds and can be operated while the car’s moving at speeds of up to 31mph. Helpfully, the glass rear window is heated.

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4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Like its saloon and hatchback siblings, the A3 Cabrio’s interior is a neat, minimal and quite calming environment. Fit and finish really is excellent and the materials used feel of high quality.

The front seats are supportive and comfortable and there’s plenty of adjustability for both the seat and steering wheel to establish a good driving position.

Audi’s standard-fit ‘MMI’ (Multi-Media Interface) infotainment system is attractive and easy to navigate. It’s controlled via a rotary controller near the gearlever, which also a ‘touchpad’ function whereby letters and numbers can be traced onto it, when entering a postcode into the sat-nav menu for example.