Audi A3 Convertible Review
Shortly after the introduction of the BMW 1 Series Convertible, the car manufacturer Audi presented its new A3 Cabriolet. A small roadster of the extra class that extends the existing fleet of convertibles.
The new Audi A3 Convertible: A premium convertible of the middle class
Audi started its success story of convertibles with the Audi 80. Further bestsellers followed with the A4 convertible and the Audi TT Roadster. The Audi 80 Cabrio was also the first car with a convertible top to be fitted with a diesel engine as standard. The Audi A3 Cabrio is the first compact cabriolet from car manufacturers.
With the A3, Audi 1996 first ventured into segments below the middle class and was quickly adopted as an alternative in the compact class. First as 3, and later as 5, the 3 A2004 could be ordered as a Sportback version with extended rear end and more space for occupants and luggage
In order to further increase the sporting reputation of the coveted A3, Audi donated a model upgrade to its A3 convertible from June on 2005. The unique feature of the facelift version is the single-frame radiator grille and the single-frame steering wheel. Among other things, the facelift was used to adapt the design to the A3 Sportback and thus also to the Group-wide appearance. In spring 2008 there was another facelift.
The Audi A3 Cabrio was also equipped with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights. The fully electronic convertible top can be closed or opened within 9 seconds at a driving speed of up to 30 km / h.
Even though the Audi A3 convertible with its trunk volume of 260 liters is not above that of the BMW 1er convertible, the space in the interior is remarkable.
With its 4,24 meter length, the A3 Cabrio 4 cm is smaller than the 3-door A3 and only 5 cm smaller than the Sportback. Even in the back, 2 people can sit comfortably. Since the BMW 1er convertible can not compete with his 12cm shorter tail.
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The new Audi A3 Convertible: an excellent balance between comfort and efficiency
While the BMW 1er offers rear-axle drive, Audi continues to rely on front-wheel drive. A quattro version is currently not in sight.
Even if the Audi A3 convertible 85 kg is heavier than the normal A3, the handling is excellent.
The electric steering and tuned sporty suspension are precise and safe,
Even at high speeds, the occupants are held in position by the sporty shaped seats.
The compromise between comfort and handling ensures optimum driving pleasure.
As far as the engines are concerned, the A3 Cabriolet offers two petrol engines (1.8 TFSI 160 HP and 2.0 TFSI 200 HP) and two diesel engines (1,9 TDI 105 HP and 2.0 TDI with 140 HP common rail diesel - injection).
Although the overall concept between the engine and 6 gear manual transmission already seems consistent, the dual clutch transmission S-Tronic for sporty drivers offers an excellent sports mode with paddles and thus additional driving pleasure.
The new Audi A3 Convertible: Compact but also elite equipped
The new Audi A3 Convertible can be ordered in four trim levels.
The first includes classic electronic aids such as ABS and ESP, which have long been part of Audi's standard equipment, 6 airbags, central locking, 4 power windows, manual air conditioning, radio / CD and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The second variant is more extensively equipped. It has an advanced radio system, a sports suspension with a body lowering 15 mm, automatic air conditioning, fog lights, 17 light alloy wheels, sports seats, sports steering wheel and on-board computer.
The S-Line version also features 18 inch aluminum rims, sporty leather or fabric seats and xenon headlamps.
The Premium Luxury version also offers bi-xenon headlights, a fully automatic soft top, light and storage packages, parking assistant and leather sports seats.
The list of freely selectable equipment options is broad: adaptive headlights, hill start assist, parking assist front and rear etc.
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