This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi A3 Cabriolet (14-20) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 37 - 65 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The A3 Cabriolet impresses on most costs. The residual values are good and it’s reasonable to insure. Drivers who cover more than 10,000 miles a year should opt for one of the diesels – they’re more expensive, but the increased fuel consumption means they’ll pay for themselves. Servicing can be expensive at Audi dealers – especially at those located in cities – though there is a network of independents that can do the work at a fraction of the price.

The best performing A3 Cabriolet is the 1.6 TDI which emits 114g/km CO2 and returns a very impressive 66mpg. This replaced the dated 1.9 TDI and not only is it smoother and quieter but it also uses start-stop technology to keep emissions low.

The A3 hatchback has proven itself to be very well built since it went on sale in 2003 – very few problems have been reported. The Cabriolet is built to the same high standard and it’s hard to imagine that there will be any problems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £290
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Insurance group 17 - 31
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