Audi A3 Cabriolet (2014 -) Equipment

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.

4 out of 5

Equipment

There are three Audi A3 Cabriolet equipment grades available: SE, Sport or S line.

Standard Audi A3 Cabriolet equipment

The entry-level SE trim includes 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and automatic headlights and wipers. It also gets Audi’s ‘MMI’ (Multi-Media Interface) system displayed on a slimline screen that folds slickly out of the dashboard. This incorporates DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, an iPod connection and can be upgraded to include an SD card-based sat-nav program at extra cost. The fabric roof is finished in black on all SE models.

Sport versions include an acoustic roof liner that helps to block out road and wind noise. This is available in black, grey or brown. Also standard on this trim are sports seats, dual-zone climate control and Audi’s ‘drive select’ system with various modes to fine-tune the responsiveness of the steering, engine and automatic transmission (if fitted).

As the name suggests, Sport derivatives also have a racier appearance with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 15mm lower ride height and a sportier suspension setup. If you’d prefer a more comfortable ride, it’s possible to specify the more pliant suspension setup of the SE model instead for the same price.

Range-topping S line derivatives add 18-inch alloys, xenon headlights and a more aggressive-looking body kit along with part-leather upholstery and a different steering wheel design.

The same sports suspension as the Sport trim is standard. Again, it’s possible to opt for the ‘comfort’ suspension instead but S line models also have the option of even lower (by 25mm) suspension at no extra cost.

Optional Audi A3 Cabriolet accessories

The acoustic hood lining that is fitted as standard to the Sport and S line versions is available as an option for SE derivatives.

Distinctive looking LED headlights and tail-lights are available too, and alter the appearance of the car quite substantially.

Further items on the options list are a wind deflector and head-level heating for the front seats along with adaptive cruise control, progressive steering (described in the Handling section), a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system and a park assist system which can steer the car into a parallel parking space autonomously while the driver controls the pedals.

A roster of optional active safety systems are available too, described in the Safety section of this review.

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  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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