If you are looking for a luxury vehicle, then you know it has got to be German made. Audi is known for producing some of the finest automobiles in the car market with their range of Audi A, R and S models. With their latest A3 convertible (Cabriolet), Audi has produced a vehicle that is not only eye-catching but also performs superbly.
The Audi A3 Cabriolet is a small, stylish, four-seat convertible with an open-top that leaves heads turning in traffic. It comes in front-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive. The former has a 2.0 litre turbo charged TFSI engine with 186 horsepower (221 lb-ft) and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Quattro all-wheel drive model features a 220-hp turbocharged TFSI engine and is 258 lb-ft.
Trim and features
The Audi A3 Cabriolet comes in three graduated versions with progressive features and of course pricing. The base which is the Premium has leather seats, the front seats are heated and have four-way power lumbar adjustments. It has split folding rear seatbacks. For security, the model comes with driver and front passenger advanced airbags, knee airbags and front head/thorax side airbags, anti-lock brake system and brake assist, anti-theft alarm system, tire pressure monitoring system among other features. For entertainment, it has an Audi concert radio with nine speakers and single CD player with MP3 playback capability and a music interface with 2 USB ports in addition to Bluetooth technology for compatible devices. Its exterior has Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights as well as LED taillights with rear fog lights.
The Premium Plus and the Prestige build on the features of the Premium with keyless start, stop and entry, Audi virtual cockpit, a Bang and Olufsen Sound System with 13 speakers and 625 watts among many other features.
With 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, the Audi A3 Cabriolet has plenty of power to accelerate. It speeds up to 60 mph at 6.9 seconds; its steering is light and precise making it easy to manoeuvre. The A3 offers plenty of grip for twisting roads offering confidence to the driver and his passengers.
Like all other Audis, the interior is luxurious with lots of aluminium accents and a superb finish. Drivers will find it comfortable to get in and out of the A3. The steering wheel is adjustable and incorporates controls of the vehicle’s infotainment system. The pedals and the controls are well placed and the driver’s seat position has a wide range of adjustments.
The A3 Cabriolet offers excellent visibility if you’re looking straight ahead due to its slim windscreen pillars and some-what large side windows. Views to the back of the vehicle can be a challenge especially when the hood is down because there is only a small screen to peer through. Visibility is perfect when the hood is up.
The A3 was built with the front passengers in mind. While they have more than enough head and leg rooms, the passengers sitting at the rear have to press their knees to the seats in front to be comfortable. In addition the head room is not good when the hood is closed. The rear seats are more suitable for children. The boot is large and there is plenty of room for a few suitcases.
The Audi A3 Cabriolet is a great choice if you are in search of buying or renting a convertible. If you do not afford it, you can hire this beauty at your favourite car hire company. Companies like carhiremaltagroup.com have been hiring convertible cars for the past 7 years.