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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The interior is smartly laid out and mostly easy to use, with all the buttons and switches clicking reassuringly into place. Visibility is a bit of an issue though. With the roof up the rear three-quarter view is compromised by the narrow side windows and small rear screen. The driving position is very good though thanks to a highly adjustable seat and steering column.

The roof is lowered by a switch next to the handbrake – there are no handles or catches to release first – making it easy to operate.

The A3 Cabriolet is comfortable for two thanks to supportive seats that are highly adjustable and good enough for long distance trips. With the roof up there’s little wind or road noise – drop the hood and it’s still possible to drive at motorway speeds and hold a conversation. Wind noise isn’t a major problem with the roof up because it’s exceptionally well insulated, which also helps keep out the cold in winter.

It’s more of a squeeze with four on board – legroom is limited in the back and with the roof up there’s not much headroom.