Used Audi A3 Cabriolet (2008 - 2013) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 07 Oct 2010
4
The A3 Cabriolet is an upmarket small convertible that is more affordable than the A4 Cabriolet and more practical than the TT Roadster. It took some time coming, though – the A3 hatchback on which it’s based was launched in mid-2003, while this Cabriolet didn’t appear until early 2008.
Audi A3 Cabriolet (08-13)
Looks good, great to drive, fast folding roof, top quality interior, four useable seats, cheap to run TDI models
Boot is hard to access, base-level models don't get an automatic roof

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£2,654 - £9,493

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The A3 Cabriolet is an upmarket small convertible that is more affordable than the A4 Cabriolet and more practical than the TT Roadster. It took some time coming, though – the A3 hatchback on which it’s based was launched in mid-2003, while this Cabriolet didn’t appear until early 2008. But it was worth the wait. It’s a feel-good open top that’s well built, good to drive and available with some excellent engines.

It isn’t a flawless car – the boot is extremely awkward to access and base cars don’t come with a fully automatic roof. But these are minor faults in what is overall a very good car. In 2009 the TDI engines were improved with a start-stop system which significantly lowered emission and boosted fuel economy. In 2010 the 1.2 litre TSFI petrol unit was added to the range.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Rear seats fine for adults. Boot space, even if it's little difficult to access through the rear 'port-hole'.  

5 out of 5

John Clifton ,   13 Aug 2012    ... read more

 Even though its a soft top, it feels like a normal saloon.  

5 out of 5

Christopher Whitehouse ,   22 Apr 2012    ... read more

 Although it does not look very large from outside, it has plenty of room inside for a cabriolet and does not feel like a cabriolet with the roof up.  

5 out of 5

Reza Bamshad Alavi ,   04 Feb 2012    ... read more

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