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Audi A3 CABRIOLET 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]

Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
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Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A3 35 TFSI S Line 2dr [Tech Pack]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG50.40
  • 0-62mph8.9 secs
  • Top Speed138 mph
  • C02128 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

Review

Audi continues to be a strong player in the compart convertible segment with its second generation A3 Cabriolet. There's a choice of two advanced TFSI petrol engines on offer, plus innovations like the Audi Smartphone interface and the clever 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument layout. All of this embellishing a classy, stylish and pretty practical basic package. You'd like one.

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The Audi A3 Cabriolet remains an appealing thing. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Can a relatively affordable compact convertible be genuinely, heart-stoppingly, aspirationally desirable? Audi thinks so and, in the form of this improved second generation A3 Cabriolet, has brought us an open-topped car that's very difficult not to like. All the Audi attributes you're used to - cool design, fantastic build quality, engine efficiency and strong residual values - are matched to sleek looks delivering that 'want one' factor. You can't really ask for much more from a compact convertible, but the Ingolstadt brand has delivered more anyway, adding in extra infotainment technology, an improved 4WD system and a more sophisticated 2.0-litre turbo petrol TFSI engine.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, it's now an all-petrol line-up. We'd recommend the 1.5 TFSI petrol unit used in the base '35 TFSI' variant, which features with clever CoD, or 'Cylinder on Demand' technology. It's almost as efficient as the old diesel version, significantly quieter (especially of course with the roof down) and just as quick (62mph from rest takes 8.9s en route to 137mph). We're not sure we'd really want to go much faster than that in this car, but Audi centres are ready and willing to oblige those with a further need for speed with the 190PS 2.0-litre powerplant used in the '40 TFSI'. This comes only with S tronic auto transmission and quattro 4WD. This variant makes 62mph in just 7.3s en route to 155mph. The same quattro system is used on the potent S3 flagship model, which mates quattro 4WD to a 300PS 2.0-litre TFSI turbo engine able to power you to 62mph in a fraction over 5s. Toupees will very definitely need to be firmly tied down.

Design and Build

Built on a modified version of the A3 Saloon's chassis, the A3 Cabriolet lost its somewhat dumpy, pram-like styling when re-launched in second generation form. Exterior changes made to this model in recent years have been slight; the front still looks purposeful, courtesy of sharp lines for the familiar broad Singleframe grille. The headlights are flat, with distinctive outer contours and can be ordered in Matrix LED form, in which form they are significantly brighter and constantly adapt themselves to avoid dazzling other road users, plus of course they never need to be dipped. Inside, the 'Virtual Cockpit' instrument display used in the TT and other pricier Audis is available in this one as an option. This displays the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen. The driver can switch between two views by pressing the "View" button on the multifunction steering wheel. As before, the soft fabric roof is stretched over a magnesium-steel 'skeleton'. The opens or closes electro-hydraulically in less than 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. When retracted, the top - folded into three layers - rests in a tray that barely affects luggage capacity, which is 320-litres - or 285-litres in quattro variants. There's a proper glass rear window and the roof can be specified in black, grey and brown - while the inner liner is available in black or lunar silver.

Market and Model

Why no folding metal hard top, especially when you're paying from around £30,000? The reason is because this car is better without one. The roof is beautifully engineered, so it's easy to appreciate what your money's been spent on. The fully automatic acoustic hood has a thicker inner foam layer which further reduces the already low interior noise level of the A3 Cabriolet. A wind deflector and head-level heating for the front seats are also available. An active rollover protection system consisting of two spring-loaded plates that are recessed into the body protects the occupants in case of a rollover accident. The key option with this model is the clever 'Virtual Cockpit' system replacing the conventional instrument dials with an eye-catching 12.3-inch TFT display. But of course, there's much else to select from. An 'MMI radio plus' set-up with an electrically extending 7-inch diagonal monitor is standard, while the 'MMI navigation' system is fitted from 'Sport' trim upwards. Go further and specify the 'MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect' package (what a mouthful!) and you can have many online functions in your A3 at high speed via the super-fast LTE standard. They include, for example, navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View traffic information in real time, as well as practical information on parking, destinations, news or the weather. There's also a free 'Audi MMI connect' app that enables other services, such as online media streaming and transfer of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI. Mobile phones with iOS and Android operating systems can now be connected with the car via the standard Audi smartphone interface.

Cost of Ownership

The A3 Cabriolet's work on weight reduction is evident in the most unexpected places. The bonnet, for example, is all aluminium. The engines are impressively light, as are the seats and the dashboards. All of this has incremental effects on emissions and economy. All engines employ direct injection and turbocharging and are backed up by a start-stop-system. The 1.5-litre '35 TFSI' CoD manual variant gets 42.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle on 16-inch wheels, with CO2 emissions of 149g/km (WLTP). Audi's cylinder on demand (CoD) technology helps here, which deactivates two of the engine's cylinders when cruising. The 2.0-litre '40 TFSI' S tronic model manages 36.7mpg (WLTP) on 17-inch wheels on the combined cycle - and 175g/km of CO2 (WLTP). Residual values are very strong too.

Summary

This A3 Cabriolet remains an elegant thing and a strong ownership proposition. Of course, it's always possible to spoil things. Adding big wheels and firmer suspension options that spoil the ride quality. Doing without the excellent acoustic roof that makes this car so refined. Loading the car with pricey extras that won't pay for themselves come resale time. But all of these things are in your hands. Audi's job was to provide the market's most desirable compact convertible and it's a task that's been completed with consummate skill. Provided you don't enter the purchasing process with unrealistic expectations that this model will be mainstream brand-affordable - or some sort of sportscar - it's hard to see how you could be disappointed by what's on offer here. The A3 Cabriolet has matured - got a little more Vorsprung durch Technik. And the compact convertible class has a strong benchmark.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
Rear parking sensors
Audi drive select
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi smartphone interface
Audi Virtual Cockpit - 12.3" LCD instrument cluster
Automatic start/stop system
Bluetooth interface
Colour driver's information system display
Electro-mechanical PAS
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
Service interval indicator
Entertainment
Audi Sound System with 9 speakers
10 GB hard disk
2 USB ports
Audi music interface
Auxiliary input socket
CD/DVD player
DAB Digital radio
MMI radio plus with 7" colour MMI screen and MMI controller
Two SDXC card slots
Exterior Features
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
Solid paint
Aluminium side window trim
Auto dimming rear view mirror with light and rain sensors
Automatic lights and wipers
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
Chrome exhaust tailpipes
Dark chrome grille
Electric operated/heated door mirrors
Front and rear electric windows
Fully automatic acoustic hood
Heated front windscreen
Heated rear window
Heated windscreen washer jets
Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
LED daytime running lights
Model and engine technology badges at the rear
Roof spoiler
S Line badges on the front wings
S Line body styling
Interior Features
Sequence cloth/leather upholstery
2 height adjustable rear headrests
3 spoke flat bottomed multi-function leather sport steering wheel
4 lashing points to secure luggage
50/50 split folding rear seat
Adjustable front armrest
Black headlining
Driver/passenger sunvisors
Dual zone electronic climate control
Front centre armrest
Front sports seats
Front/rear floor mats
Height adjustable front seats
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated glovebox
Isofix child seat preparation
Perforated leather gearknob
Stainless steel pedals
Storage box under drivers seat
Storage compartment in centre console
Storage compartments in doors
Tool kit
Wheels
18" 5 parallel spoke design with diamond cut finish
Tyre repair kit
Packs
LED interior light pack - A3/RS3
Non smoking pack - A3
Storage pack - A3 Cabriolet
Safety
2 x 3-point rear seat belts
3 point front seat belts
ABS/EBD
Active bonnet
Active front headrests
ASR
Automatic roll over protection
Driver and passenger side airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbag
EDL
Electromechanical parking brake
ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Hill hold assist
Seatbelt warning
Tyre pressure monitor
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti-theft wheel bolts
Immobiliser
Remote control central locking
Technical
Sports suspension
Trim
Aluminium air vent surrounds
Aluminium trim elements
Matt brushed aluminium inlays
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 125
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 152
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code 8VEBZC
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 50.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 58.9
EC Urban (mpg) 39.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 43.5
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TFSI
Coin Series S Line [Tech Pack]
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 30E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.9
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 138
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 PARALLEL SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1409
Length 4423
Wheelbase 2595
Width (including mirrors) 1960
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1880
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 320
Max. Loading Weight 475
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1700
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 740
Minimum Kerbweight 1405
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £511.80 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £549.33 p/m £8.36 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £554.59 p/m £8.51 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £566.82 p/m £15.64 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £577.48 p/m £35.75 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £586.47 p/m £39.27 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £594.24 p/m £52.50 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £424.65 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £427.41 p/m £11.05 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £432.67 p/m £13.07 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £447.75 p/m £29.83 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £464.07 p/m £39.22 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £476.87 p/m £52.07 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £489.03 p/m £70.61 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £368.07 p/m £16.81 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £379.08 p/m £19.62 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £382.93 p/m £23.58 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £394.67 p/m £32.84 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £407.42 p/m £48.47 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £419.53 p/m £57.16 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £429.60 p/m £84.76 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £614.16 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £659.19 p/m £10.04 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £665.51 p/m £10.21 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £680.18 p/m £18.77 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £692.97 p/m £42.91 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £703.76 p/m £47.12 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £713.09 p/m £63.00 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £509.59 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £512.89 p/m £13.26 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £519.21 p/m £15.68 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £537.30 p/m £35.80 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £556.89 p/m £47.07 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £572.25 p/m £62.48 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £586.84 p/m £84.73 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £441.68 p/m £20.17 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £449.60 p/m £24.58 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £459.52 p/m £28.30 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £473.60 p/m £39.41 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £488.90 p/m £58.17 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £503.43 p/m £68.59 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £515.52 p/m £101.72 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Auto dimming and folding door mirrors £275.00
Cloth hood - Black - Audi FOC
Cloth hood - Grey - Audi FOC
Metallic paint £575.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
Wind deflector £300.00
Interior Features
Fine Nappa leather upholstery £1,220.00
Head level heating system £400.00
Leather/Alcantara upholstery £550.00
Packs
Comfort and sound pack - A3 £795.00
Driver assistance pack + Comfort and sound pack - A3 Tech Pack £2,035.00
Driver Assistance pack - A3/RS3 Tech Pack £1,540.00
Matrix LED Exterior lighting Pack - A3 £895.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £2,400.00
Metallic - Cosmos blue £575.00
Metallic - Floret silver £575.00
Metallic - Glacier white £575.00
Metallic - Monsoon grey £575.00
Metallic - Mythos black £575.00
Metallic - Nano grey £575.00
Metallic - Tango red £575.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £575.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Trim
Alcantara/leather - Rock grey with anthracite stitching £550.00
Alcantara/leather -Black with rock grey stitching £550.00
Fine nappa leather - Black with Rock Grey stitching £1,220.00
Fine Nappa leather - Rock grey with anthracite stitching £1,220.00
Sequence cloth/leather - Black with rock grey stitching FOC
Wheels
18" 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels in contrast grey with diamond cut finish £250.00
* option prices shown are estimated