Great fun and practical for a convertible
Added: 11th of October 2016
I couldn't be more pleased with the A3 Cabriolet. I'm not a petrol-head but I do appreciate the performance of my car. I'm fairly light on the accelerator and there's plenty of torque so I can use higher gears at low speeds (good for fuel efficiency) but if I need change down and put my foot down I get instant and gutsy response. I have had it serviced by Audi (at only about £160 for each 10,000-mile oil-change service), I put decent fuel in it (usually Shell and sometimes V-Power) and have good tyres (Michelin Pilot Sport 4s currently). The soft top goes up or down in about 11 seconds and can be done while driving slowly if necessary. The boot, while a little awkward to access, has plenty of room and the roof doesn't impinge on the space. The S-Line seats in front are quite comfortable, if a little narrow, and I can get 2 adults in the back very easily (not many convertibles I test-drove could do this). Down-sides? I'm just starting to experience electrical issues - the wiring loom in the driver's door hinge is prone to breaking the odd cable causing, in my case, the air-bag light to come on. Easily fixed (if a little fiddly) once I knew where the fault lay. Every so often the brake/ABS warnings light up on the dash like a Christmas tree but turning the engine off and on again resets it OK. Still haven't tracked down this fault but it only happens every 3 months or so and the garage hasn't identified any fault with the braking system so I suspect another, intermittent, electrical issue. I love driving my car - enough said!