Review the 2017 Audi A3 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI
There is something about being able to lower the roof of a car and have the wind in your hair and the sun on your face speak for the pure enjoyment of life.
Sure, you probably won’t enjoy life that much when you’re trying to untie the knots from your hair, but it’s a mood breaker you might leave behind.
Audi’s hugely popular A3 lineup, which basically defines the luxury small car segment, also boasts a beautiful Cabriolet that we’re happy to test out.
Saving for a slightly updated grille and bumpers and tweaks for lights, the exterior of the A3 is still closely linked to the model it replaces.
The fabric roof folds up quickly and smoothly and neatly folds in a seldom used boot with the roof down but not too overbearing.
Inside, the space retains a minimalist taste with the seamless integration of Audi’s trendy Virtual Cockpit, a natural talking point. We love round vents and consistent quality and finish.
But the black dash with black accents in our test car gave a more austere impression than was needed. This is a transformation after everyone and despite being considered a laid-back area, the style really should be fun wrong, a little frivolous.
Storage options, including two cupholders at the front, are reasonable but naturally not too generous. The boot (260 liters) is oddly shaped to accommodate the roof but is handy enough for a medium-sized grocery store or a few small bags and can expand to 674 liters with the rear seats folded.
The A3 has Audi’s updated MMI infotainment system, the front has a 7.0-inch color screen and is operated by a controller near the gear lever in the center console. The system itself is fairly intuitive and easy to operate, and you can enter navigation points by rotating the dial or scribbling your letters on it. Good graphic quality.
There’s USB and Bluetooth connectivity and it’s easy to pair your phone and access your music.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, optional $ 650 on some variants, are standard in our 2.0TFSI.
Engine and transmission
The A3 Cabriolet is available in three guise – 1.4-liter petrol engine on request, 2.0-liter TFSI and 2.0-liter quattro – with the new seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox.
Our turbocharged TFSI 2.0 has 140kW and 320Nm at its disposal, which sees Cabriolet moving fast on its business operations. The S-tronic gearbox, which sends the drive to the front wheels, drives lower efficiency in range and increases power when it needs smarter acceleration.
This car has a five-star ANCAP, which guarantees buyers the dream of a convertible that sells a convertible but is less secure.
Standard fare includes a high-strength structure, seven airbags, traction control and stability, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
The additional package adds the reassurance that comes with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, high beam assist and hill hold assist and is worth an additional $ 1500.
Leather-wrapped sports seats offer both comfort and support and some room to stretch out – for front-seat passengers. The people in the back are more restricted in moving and as I did with my little ones, you will have to rely on the thrill of an open peak to distract them.
A3 Cabriolet offers the kind of comfortable, composed drive you should expect from a car of this ilk. It’s the kind of non-uncomfortable exercise that makes driving such an enjoyable experience and if the sun smiles at you and you can lower the roof – happy days.
It feels balanced and capable with well-functioning brake systems predicted even in wet.
Smooth acceleration for the most part with a little more urgent input if you need faster responses while the rigid structure supports convenient handling.
It sticks to the road, this Cabriolet, with a confident mix of comfort and performance thanks to an exquisitely tuned suspension. It feels balanced and capable with well-functioning brake systems predicted even in wet.
The fabric roof does a good job of reducing road noise when it is up and down, well, the deflector helps the wind a bit, but you can hardly complain about that.
The A3 is also equipped with all the extras for a comfortable drive including dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, reversing camera and sensor.
Audi claims that the fuel efficiency in the A3 lineup has also been improved with the brochure for the Cabriolet at 6.0L / 100km. Our combined average after a week hovered around the 8.1L / 100km mark but that’s a bit fair to drive happily.
The Audi A3 Cabriolet is backed by a three-year unlimited warranty and three-year roadside assistance. A three-year / 45,000km service package can be purchased for $ 1700 with service intervals of 12 months or 15,000km.