Audi A3 Cabriolet (2014 -) Safety & Reliability

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

Safety

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There’s no permanently fixed rollover protection bar to clutter the A3 Cabriolet’s lines. Instead there are two spring-loaded plates that spring upwards automatically in the event of the car turning over.

Electronic stability control (ESC) is standard, along with an electronic differential which helps to keep the car on a tight line should the driver get carried away.

There are plenty of optional active safety systems on offer. These include Audi pre sense, which pretensions the front seat belts and closes the windows if the ESC system detects that the car has begun to skid. Furthermore, the pre sense system can perform an emergency stop if necessary automatically at speeds below 18mph should the driver fail to react to a stationary vehicle in front.

There’s also a blind-spot warning system, which can be useful when changing lanes, and a lane assist system can apply slight inputs to the steering to keep the car in the correct lane automatically at speeds above 40mph.

There are two front head/thorax airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

Although Audi A3 Cabriolet safety hasn’t been tested specifically by Euro NCAP, the regular A3 hatchback has scored a five star rating in crash testing.

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

Since this the fourth model variant to join the main A3 line-up, there should be little to worry you about Audi A3 Cabriolet reliability. All the major mechanical parts are well proven and the roof mechanism appears durable.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported