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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi A3 Cabriolet review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Audi A3 Cabriolet (08-13) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Looks good, great to drive, fast folding roof, top quality interior, four useable seats, cheap to run TDI models

CONS

Boot is hard to access, base-level models don't get an automatic roof

At a glance

New price £20,365 - £31,820
Used price £2,430 - £8,680
Used monthly cost £60 - £214
Fuel economy 37 - 65 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £260
Insurance group 17 - 31 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Looks good, great to drive, fast folding roof, top quality interior, four useable seats, cheap to run TDI models

CONS

Boot is hard to access, base-level models don't get an automatic roof

Audi A3 Cabriolet rivals

Volkswagen
Eos
4 out of 5 4.0

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.

Audi A3 Cabriolet rivals

Volkswagen
Eos
4 out of 5 4.0

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