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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi A3 Cabriolet review.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

Although this cabriolet version of the A3 has not been Euro NCAP crash tested, the hatchback was awarded four stars and the Cabriolet is expected to perform similarly. Standard safety equipment includes dual front and side airbags, an electronic stability programme with electronic brakeforce distribution to help stop the car quickly and safely, roll-over bars and Isofix child seat anchor points in the front and back.

All cars get remote central locking and an alarm.

The A3 Cabriolet’s quick-closing fabric roof means that you’re unlikely to be caught out by a sudden shower. Whereas cars with metal folding versions – like the Renault Megane CC and VW Eos – open in 22 seconds, the A3 Cabriolet’s opens in nine seconds and closes in 11. Even its nearest rival – the BMW 1-Series Convertible which also has a soft top – can only do it in 22 seconds.

The roof on the A3 Cabriolet folds back on itself in a Z-shape so the top of the roof doubles-up as the tonneau cover when it's folded flat. It also sits on top of the boot, rather than inside it, which frees up space. Just as well, as the boot is an exceptionally odd shape: despite the look of the rear, there’s no real ‘hatch’ opening – it’s more of a porthole (see gallery for an example).

As a result you almost have to get inside the boot to reach items at the back. That said, the boot is a decent size and the seats can be folded down to accommodate larger and more awkward items.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 Cabriolet (08-13).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
S Line optional equipment
None available

S Line Final Edition equipment

S Line Final Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
S Line Final Edition optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote

Sport Final Edition equipment

Sport Final Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Sport Final Edition optional equipment
None available

Technik equipment

Technik standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Technik optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger