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Audi A4 Cabriolet engines, drive and performance

2006 - 2009 (change model)
Performance rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Some of Audi’s finest engines are on offer to Cabriolet buyers. First up is the 160bhp 1.8T. It’s responsive, enjoyable to drive and – with a 0-62mph time of 9.4 seconds – pacey enough to please. Buyers looking for a bit more poke should try the 2.0TFSI. It uses Audi’s latest ‘direct injection’ to give great performance when you need it and good fuel economy when you don’t.

It effectively replaces the 2.4-litre engine in the old cabriolet. The 250bhp 3.2 V6 is sold in place of the outgoing 3.0-litre unit. It’s very quick for a car of this size, with a 0-62mph time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. It makes a great alternative if you can’t quite stretch to the V8-powered 344bhp S4 or RS4 (reviewed separately). There’s also a choice of two powerful and economical diesels: a 2.0 TDI and a 3.0 TDI.

Both are great engines and will suit the needs of most buyers. The 3.0 TDI with 230bhp was, at the time, the most powerful diesel convertible available.

Ride and handling have been improved compared to the old A4 convertible, with a new suspension set-up but it still has a harsher ride than many of its rivals. The handling is good, if lacking in entertainment, with responsive brakes and speed-sensitive power steering (this makes it lighter at lower speeds and firmer when faster driving). This system gives good feedback and is precise in corners, while allowing for simple manoeuvring in town.