The Audi A3 Cabriolet is a cruiser as opposed to a sports car, but it's still a little unforgiving if you choose a Sport or S-line model; these feature firmer suspension, although you can specify the more comfortable standard set-up as a no-cost option.
The petrol engines are very quiet, which is essential for roof-down driving. Because of that, we?d avoid the diesels - these are a little too noisy for a cabriolet.
A wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustment ensures drivers of all sizes can find a position that suits, and the seats themselves are supportive. Theres also optional seat heating, and even a system that blows warm air around the necks of those in the front of the car.
When the electric folding roof is up, there?s little wind noise. But its worth noting that SE models come with a thinner and thus less well insulated hood, which you can upgrade to what Audi calls an 'acoustic hood'. This comes as standard on Sport and S-line versions of the car.
With the roof down you feel a bit of wind buffeting. This can be fixed by installing the wind deflector, which clips in place over the rear seats. In doing so, however, you turn the A3 into a strict two-seater.
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